Synopses & Reviews
Jeremiah Reskin has big plans for tenth grade he wants to make some friends and he wants to take a girl's shirt off. It's not going too well at first, but when he meets a group of semibohemian outcasts, things start to change. Soon he's negotiating his way through group back rubs and trying to find the courage to make a move on Renee Shopmaker, the hottest girl in school. At the behest of his composition teacher, Jeremy's also chronicling everything in his own novel a disastrously ungrammatical but unflinching look at sophomore year.
"Weisberg is a solid storyteller who knows his way around his characters, but he'll need some stronger plot lines to build on this debut novel." Publishers Weekly
"10th Grade has its dramatic and serious moments, like the lives of its participants, and high school readers will enjoy and identify with this funny tale." KLIATT
"Weisberg's debut chronicles a high school sophomore's life in the first-person, with obvious echoes of The Catcher in the Rye." Kirkus Reviews
"[Tenth Grade] is a sly, often hilarious novel featuring an absolutely credible fifteen-year-old narrator in a tale that is irresistibly readable, hugely winning, and resonates far beyond the adolescent world it portrays." Jennifer Egan, author of Look at Me
"[O]ffers its reader a knowing glimpse into the mind and life of a young man alertly immersed in the early high school years. This wonderfully humorous account will be a gift to students, parents, and teachers across the country." Robert Coles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Crisis
"10th Grade brims with wicked wit and style. The characters materialize like long-lost friends and crushes and enemies from high school." Ben Sherwood, author of The Man Who Ate the 747
About the Author
Joseph Weisberg was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in New York City. He wrote his first short story, "The Mid-Life Crisis Exploits," when he was twelve. 10th Grade is his first novel.