Expelled
A secret Twitter accountAn anonymous photoEveryone is a suspect Will Foster's Twitter account used to be anonymous--until someone posted The Photo that got him and three other students expelled, their futures ruined forever. But who took the picture, and why are they being targeted?To uncover the truth, Will gets close to the suspects: the hacker, the quarterback, the bad girl, the class clown, the vice principal, and...his own best friend. What secrets are they hiding, and even worse--what do they know about each other? The terrible truth will haunt them forever.New York Times bestselling author James Patterson brings us another fast-moving tale of suspense, with danger, romance, and twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very last page.

Expelled Details

TitleExpelled
Author
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2017
Publisherjimmy patterson
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Expelled Review

  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Remember when I was saying how the new theme in teen books seems to be The Breakfast Club with a mystery twist. Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is another book on that theme. In the case of Expelled though, they are at the Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200 but instead of going straight to detention they have been expelled. Will Foster had a secret twitter account where he exposed the school student's secrets - he was his school's version of Gossip Girl. Except when a photo is pos Remember when I was saying how the new theme in teen books seems to be The Breakfast Club with a mystery twist. Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond is another book on that theme. In the case of Expelled though, they are at the Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200 but instead of going straight to detention they have been expelled. Will Foster had a secret twitter account where he exposed the school student's secrets - he was his school's version of Gossip Girl. Except when a photo is posted to his account, the person hasn't covered their tracks and has set up Will Foster and the people in the photo - Jude who is the school's mascot and Will's best friend and Parker - the school quarterback. There is also was a fourth person expelled Sasha. Will can't believe how unfair this is and without school and his final grades, there goes his chance of entering college. After talking to his friend and getting Parker and Sasha on board, Will decides to create a video proclaiming their innocence but as they the video goes along - Will discovers that stories aren't adding up and that the other's may not be as innocent as they proclaim and that they are hiding secrets? What secrets will Will uncover? Find out in Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Patterson with their latest YA release.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.It's books like this that make me glad I'm not in high school anymore! I didn't even go to high school that long ago, but we didn't have all these social media issues like the ones in Expelled. A crude photo of some students is posted on Theo's (it says the MC's name is Will in the blurb, but in my ARC, it's Theo) Twitter account, and because of the school's zero tolerance policy, Theo and the identified students in the picture I received an ARC of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.It's books like this that make me glad I'm not in high school anymore! I didn't even go to high school that long ago, but we didn't have all these social media issues like the ones in Expelled. A crude photo of some students is posted on Theo's (it says the MC's name is Will in the blurb, but in my ARC, it's Theo) Twitter account, and because of the school's zero tolerance policy, Theo and the identified students in the picture are all expelled. But Theo knows he's innocent, and he wants to prove it.Patterson and Raymond have created a group of students that may seem at first glance like typical high school cliches, but they become much more than that as the book goes on. Theo is kind of an average kid - he gets decent grades and he sometimes writes for the school paper, but he's dealing with a lot in his home life. His best friend Jude is an artist, Parker is a jock with a huge secret, and Sasha is a tough girl. I thought the authors did a great job in creating these distinct characters and actually making them realistic - they act and talk like real teenagers (although Sasha can get a bit pretentious at times).Theo has the idea to prove his innocence by making a film, questioning his "suspects" and others in order to find out what really happened and why the picture was uploaded to his Twitter feed. I guess he wanted proof on camera, but this plot device didn't work so well for me.In any event, what Theo discovers in his investigation was actually not what I was expecting. I appreciated that the authors tied in bigger issues and questions about doing what is right versus doing what is popular. However, the book dragged on a bit after this revelation, and one big bombshell right at the end of the book was completely unnecessary, in my opinion. In a book with a lot of heavy topics, that one felt like overkill. Overall, though, I thought this was a quick-moving, well-written story.
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    This one had a lot of potential to be a solid contemporary mature YA story - Breakfast Club-esque, social media, some darkness and intrigue without being depressing. BUT then the story goes somewhere WAY dark, but until way toward the end and almost as an afterthought, although it was slightly foreshadowed throughout the book. As the reveal approaches I was almost yelling DO NOT GO THERE. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review.SPOILER BELOWHere's why - it's not fair to r This one had a lot of potential to be a solid contemporary mature YA story - Breakfast Club-esque, social media, some darkness and intrigue without being depressing. BUT then the story goes somewhere WAY dark, but until way toward the end and almost as an afterthought, although it was slightly foreshadowed throughout the book. As the reveal approaches I was almost yelling DO NOT GO THERE. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review.SPOILER BELOWHere's why - it's not fair to readers to have almost an entire book to be trauma and trigger free and then lay rape and incest on them and then go back to the original storyline as if nothing had happened. It's incredibly disconcerting and for teens, unnecessary.I was engaged with this story and enjoying it, but the last portion wiped that out. If you want to write about rape and incest, go for it. There are books that do this incredibly well, but are up front about it. But do it right and honor it as the horror that it is, not include it as a "reveal" and bonus add-on.If purchased for school libraries, mature YA collections only due to sex, drugs, alcohol, rape, incest, suicide.
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  • Sandy Reilly
    January 1, 1970
    Theo, Jude, Sasha, and Parker are not the type of students you would expect to be expelled from school -- the boy-next-door, the artist, the hot mysterious girl, and the quintessential football jock not only have very little in common but also have never gotten in trouble before. Best friends Theo and Jude have a friendship that survives on keeping the other in check while Sasha and Parker broke up years ago for the simple fact that a relationship is hard to maintain when you have nothing of sub Theo, Jude, Sasha, and Parker are not the type of students you would expect to be expelled from school -- the boy-next-door, the artist, the hot mysterious girl, and the quintessential football jock not only have very little in common but also have never gotten in trouble before. Best friends Theo and Jude have a friendship that survives on keeping the other in check while Sasha and Parker broke up years ago for the simple fact that a relationship is hard to maintain when you have nothing of substance to say to the other person. However, now they all have something to talk about... These four high school students find themselves thrust together when each gets expelled, vowing to work together to find the truth behind who really committed the crimes they've been accused of. The only problem is, each is hiding their own secret that could tear the misfit group apart at the seams. Can they solve the mystery and save their own futures without destroying each other in the process?Thoughts: Patterson's newest YA release is a bit The Breakfast Club meets Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, with very modernized twists that can still stand the test of time. In fact, several iconic 80's movies are referenced, which was a delightful surprise for this mid-30's reader of YA. Adults are not to be trusted in this contemporary, realistic fictional world, but then again, teenagers aren't, either. The protagonist, Theo, is a clean-cut teen who has had a very rough year and could use a break that just doesn't seem to be coming his way. So, he makes one for himself. Readers will root for Theo the entire book for the simple fact that, when being handed a raw deal, he shows a tenacity to fix his own life without waiting for someone else to do it for him. He isn't impervious to a depressing life he finds himself in -- he does have a small pity party or two -- but he also refuses to let it swallow him whole or use it as an excuse to give up. Theo is the epitome of a modern-day teenage hero whose lesson hopefully resonates with every young adult who picks up this book.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    This explores several issues and raises several good points. Older teen recommended
  • Skye (HailHydra)
    January 1, 1970
    *grabby hands* gimme, I love James Patterson guys
  • Elisha
    January 1, 1970
    EXPELLED is the brainchild of James Patterson and Emily Raymond, in which four teenagers, some guilty, some not, are kicked out of school following odd events. In order to uncover the truth of the incident that abruptly ended his junior year and to prove his innocence, Theo convinces the group to make a documentary film. What Theo ultimately finds will shock him, as the reality of the situation and the reason he was framed are much darker than he could have imagined. The ending of EXPELLED serve EXPELLED is the brainchild of James Patterson and Emily Raymond, in which four teenagers, some guilty, some not, are kicked out of school following odd events. In order to uncover the truth of the incident that abruptly ended his junior year and to prove his innocence, Theo convinces the group to make a documentary film. What Theo ultimately finds will shock him, as the reality of the situation and the reason he was framed are much darker than he could have imagined. The ending of EXPELLED serves up a few moral lessons; everything is not always as it seems and everyone has their own private demons. This novel is exactly what I would expect from an experienced author like James Patterson. The plot moves along flawlessly and without any gaping holes. The characters are nuanced, interesting, and resourceful. They shift and change over the course of the book, each having his or her own personal arc. Even the dialogue is perfect. The way each character talks is believable, authentic, and most importantly, feels specific to them. Overall, the book on a whole is widely enjoyable and entertaining. It somehow is both dark and lighthearted, fusing both a coming-of age-drama with a whodunit mystery.Ultimately, I would have loved to see the documentary take on a bigger role in the story. When the idea is first introduced, it seems as though it is going to influence the structure of the book moving forward. Instead, it ends up taking a backseat to most of the action. For me, the student film needs to be more relevant or taken out completely, as the interviews on camera are a bit lackluster and do not seem to advance the plot in a specific way. Because the documentary is not what saves Theo, he could have launched his own investigation without the assistance of a camera and came to the same conclusion.I also would have liked to see Sasha’s “crime” related to the photo incident, rather than a random event with coincidental timing. In turn, she would have been more bonded to the task of finding the real perpetrator, and it would have made the final result more complicated. All in all, EXPELLED is a quick and easy read that ebbs and flows in all the right places. It is a great book to read on the beach, the airplane, or a rainy day in bed.Review originally posted on YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    It's a strange story but interesting at the same time. The premise is one I never had to worry about growing up, there was no Facebook or Twitter at that stage and cell phones weren't all that common until a few years after I graduated highschool, thank god, as this sort of scenario would've been one of top 10 unlikely-but-it-could-happen nightmares. While things did work out for the main characters it wasn't a satisfying resolution or even a particularly happy ending. The characters weren't tha It's a strange story but interesting at the same time. The premise is one I never had to worry about growing up, there was no Facebook or Twitter at that stage and cell phones weren't all that common until a few years after I graduated highschool, thank god, as this sort of scenario would've been one of top 10 unlikely-but-it-could-happen nightmares. While things did work out for the main characters it wasn't a satisfying resolution or even a particularly happy ending. The characters weren't that great either but I did like Jude and Theo. That being said the story kept me interested and there were all sorts of confusing little nuggets of info dropped here and there that the kept the interest chugging until the end.
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  • Priya Gupta
    January 1, 1970
    A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse.I am so glad that I am not in high school anymore. Those are some really tough times.The protagonist Theo Foster is funny, not in your usual charming sort of way but has a dry sense of humor(the kind I admire).The writing is crisp and revolves around a bunch of kids who get expelled in the light of only circumstantial evidence.Yeah, I know. Life isn't fair. Shoot me!"I want life to return to its customary level of suckage" Don't we all??Easy to re A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse.I am so glad that I am not in high school anymore. Those are some really tough times.The protagonist Theo Foster is funny, not in your usual charming sort of way but has a dry sense of humor(the kind I admire).The writing is crisp and revolves around a bunch of kids who get expelled in the light of only circumstantial evidence.Yeah, I know. Life isn't fair. Shoot me!"I want life to return to its customary level of suckage" Don't we all??Easy to read with a lot of thought provoking parts. I enjoyed the book and finished it in a very short span.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. A humorous yet touching story about kids coming together despite their differences and they're own struggles to help prove they were wrongly expelled. In homage to "The Breakfast Club" and other 80's teenage movies, this book shows you can't judge people by stereotypes. Everyone has their own secrets and demons to deal with which effect their decisions in life. Aside from the main story, Expelled takes an honest look at several issues facing tee I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. A humorous yet touching story about kids coming together despite their differences and they're own struggles to help prove they were wrongly expelled. In homage to "The Breakfast Club" and other 80's teenage movies, this book shows you can't judge people by stereotypes. Everyone has their own secrets and demons to deal with which effect their decisions in life. Aside from the main story, Expelled takes an honest look at several issues facing teens.
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  • Be A Rebel
    January 1, 1970
    Theo is expelled after his secret Twitter account is hacked with a scandalous picture. This event takes Theo on a journey to prove his innocence. On the journey Theo befriends people he would not normally associate with and people who were apart of the infamous picture. As the unlikely band of comrades sort through clues, they find they have more in common then they realized. And Theo learns that when he opens up to those he normally does not associate with, good things can happen.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Will Foster's Twitter account used to be anonymous--until someone posted The Photo that got him and three other students expelled, their futures ruined forever. But who took the picture, and why are they being targeted?The characters, the suspense, and all the twists throughout kept you wanting more.
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  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. This was a fast and easy read. The reveal wasn't too surprising but the rationale for the action was unexpected and it went to show that you don't know what's truly going on in someone else's life. It was more a coming-of-age story than a mystery novel but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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  • Izabela
    January 1, 1970
    It was a great, quick and easy read. I feel like this is the book to pick up if you want to get out of a reading slump.
  • Sheldon
    January 1, 1970
    Patterson’s teen tombs can be fun even for us old peeps. They are basically his adult writing sans the gore. Yes, this one is worth a shot.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    very good book.
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent quick read with quite a twist.
  • Pam Chaffin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • M.
    January 1, 1970
    Good mystery read for young adults.
  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    very good book more for teens but i love all of Pattersons books!!!
  • Ginger Mcclintick
    January 1, 1970
    What a great book loved it love James Patterson he is such a good author.
  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    I'm actually really worried that the book is going to be nothing like the ARC, because I really liked the ARC and I really don't want to spend a buttload of money on another copy of this book. I already know that they changed the main character's name, WHAT'S NEXT?
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  • Vera
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up an ARC of this book at ALA 2017 and it was a fun read. The main character, Theo, and a few other students have been expelled from school and end up using it as an opportunity to explore painful issues in their lives. The relationships between the characters are interesting and well developed, and the writing style is fast paced and easy to get into. The mystery elements are well done, though I did find some of the "twists" to be rather obvious. The book mainly reads like a contempora I picked up an ARC of this book at ALA 2017 and it was a fun read. The main character, Theo, and a few other students have been expelled from school and end up using it as an opportunity to explore painful issues in their lives. The relationships between the characters are interesting and well developed, and the writing style is fast paced and easy to get into. The mystery elements are well done, though I did find some of the "twists" to be rather obvious. The book mainly reads like a contemporary YA with a few mystery elements, rather than like a mystery, but that's not at all a bad thing. It deals with contemporary teen issues in a serious and sometimes heart wrenching way, and I think it will definitely appeal to its intended audience. Definitely a fun read, worth reading for sure!
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