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When Frank Wess transfers to Ullman Griswold Memorial High, he is not insulted to be asked to join the Obnoxious Jerks. Then two things happen to change the status quo--the Obnoxious Jerks decide to show up the administration once and for all, and a girl asks to join! Portrays the importance of questioning what is acceptable and what is worth fighting for....

Title : The Obnoxious Jerks
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ISBN : 9780553281149
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Obnoxious Jerks Reviews

  • Amantha
    2019-04-11 11:41

    I finally got around to reading this book Kathy gave me for Christmas. It was funny and cute, if predictable. But it was the '80s so what do you really expect. I love the idea of the boys wearing skirts to protest the student dress code, though.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-20 11:54

    It started slower than I remembered, even though the skirts ARE mentioned almost immediately. I guess, not being a fourteen year old boy, I don't totally appreciate Chipirito Jalapeno Flavor Tortilla Chip salutes, and I could have stood WAY less time on Schwarzkopf's nominations for Obnoxious Jerks official products.All that said, once it gets going, the book was every bit as good as I remembered. And I enjoyed some of the official products' responses to their new status. I especially liked the dating advice Frank had to get long distance from an old friend. Spot on.And, although most schools are now air conditioned, and dress codes a little more tolerant, the gender issues have not changed nearly as much as we might like to think since 1988.Fun reading.

  • Diane
    2019-03-26 11:55

    The Obnoxious Jerks are a group of guys protesting against the stupidity of cliques and her mentality. But they also challenge the rules of the administration, which gets them into trouble frequently. Back is the most recent addition to the group and he is still trying to figure out the rules, but he thinks Leslie Freeze might be a great new member (even though she's a girl). But Joe has a history with Leslie that no one wants to talk about. When they decide to wear skirts to protest the dress code, who else can they turn to for help?

  • Gepetto
    2019-04-03 07:59

    Read this as a kid, loved it then! Not as much now

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-03 10:05

    Huh. YA lit has really improved since 1988.Characters are painted with broad brush strokes - all really good-looking girls must be dumb, all athletes must be dumb and agressive, and they all must hate each other.However, apart from the black and white characterizations, it was kind of a fun book - especially if you like puns, which seemed to be the Obnoxious Jerks' (group of smart boys who like to pull pranks that show the school administration how arbitrary their rules are) primary mode of humor. Lots and lots of puns.The plot is especially silly - will the Obnoxious Jerks let a girl into their club? Will wearing skirts to school show the administration that shorts should be allowed? (Yeah, remember when schools had dress codes that didn't allow shorts?!)Do you also remember a time before the O. J. Simpson trial? Because the Obnoxious Jerks are pretty proud that their club's initials match those of a talented and popular football player . . . oh, the memories.Anyhow, a decent way to pass the time, but I won't be searching for more books by the author. =)Note from earlier: Read this because it showed up on a friend's facebook list of 10 books that they most remember . . . I couldn't resist the title. It's old school YA (from 1988!), and knowing my friend, I'm guessing all of the terrible puns are what made it memorable for her. More to come when I've finished.*language, some sexual innuendo

  • Toni
    2019-04-14 08:48

    I bought this book at one of the book selling things in my small little middle school-you know, where scholastic or whatever comes in and sells all kinds of books. I've had this book forever, and it was the first book that ever made me laugh out loud while I was reading it, and it still does every time I read it. It's about a student who moves around a lot with his family, and has a hard time making a lot of friends because he (and the few friends he does make) are generally smarter than most of the administration and are smarter than almost all of their classmates. It's a great book about smart-aleck students trying to change some of the dumber things about high school. This book makes fun of the standard cliques in high schools: the jocks, student government, and those that just go along with the status quo.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-04-13 15:06

    I like to think of this as a Tice kid classic, meaning it was read by more than one of the kids and just passed on down the line. I have a stack of these books in my possession. Just can't bare to give them away because of the memories they hold for me. This particular book I read only when I couldn't find anything handy to read. I had avoided it because the picture on the cover had the teenage guys wearing skirts. I suppose I was wary of it. I did, however, enjoy the book when I read it. Probably find it quite pointless now, but it was good for a few laughs then.

  • Akilah
    2019-04-06 07:58

    Read this when I was a kid, saw it at the library book sale a year or so ago, and bought it to read again since I remembered nothing about it but the cover and title. The guys ARE obnoxious and can be jerks, but they're really just a bunch of smart, bored kids who don't really fit in anywhere else so create their own clique. Leslie was an ace character. And I actually wouldn't have minded more romance in this one.

  • Echo
    2019-04-06 15:49

    I don't know what brought this book to mind, but I loved it when I was in junior high. It didn't matter that I wasn't a teenage boy, or that my school had air conditioning and not so strict of a dress code. It didn't even matter that I was a well-behaved student who never got in trouble for anything. This book still resonated with me. Someday, I want to track it down and read it again.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-15 14:59

    Quite funny. Slightly stupid...definitely ridiculous. But funny.I didn't even realize it was from the eighties until I was almost done with it. You really can't tell. This book could be read by any kid, now or then or anytime in between, and still be great.

  • Sylvie
    2019-04-07 07:54

    Okay, this was pretty funny.

  • Kari
    2019-04-03 12:59

    I loved this book as a kid and I still quote some of the lines from it. I always wanted it to be more popular so that other people would know what I was talking about.

  • Sara
    2019-04-23 11:38

    3.5 really

  • Kory
    2019-04-04 14:50

    Would be cute/funny if I didn't work with kids everyday. I YA book, that I couldn't finish, although the premise is cute.