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“I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot to think about in terms of how opinion is led and formed. I also thought it was very imaginative and original.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I thought it was pretty interesting. By the end of the book it seemed that i had another perspective on things. Lots of "What if?" This book is the first book that I've read by Scott Westerfeld and I feel that I might enjoy the others. Overall it was a pretty OK book, not..let's say 5 star, but it was still alright.”K'Breanté B. wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Westerfeld examines the power of branding in this short mystery. A quick read for the adolescent set.”Karen Sterling, Librarian wrote this review Wednesday, August 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Literature Class Review
This book wasn't really my favorite because it wasn't a book I would typically read, but I would recommend it to people my age. So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld is a book that puts a twist on common trends. Hunter the main character, is a trendsetter. He actually has a job where he has too look for the latest and greatest ideas and trends for marketing. He meets an 'Innovator', someone who does something totally new, named Jen. She has her shoelaces tied in a fancy way that could get popular. He gets a good first impression so he takes her to a focus group to watch a shoe commercial and decide if it's good or not. Later Mandy, Hunter's employer, wants to meet the two of them in Chinatown to consult on some big deal. Mandy isn't there, but her phone is ringing on the inside of the building and the two of them go in. They find her phone, but a bald guy chases them. They get away and find a potentially bad photo of Mandy. Jen is outgoing and likes to do new things, while Hunter is kinda shy and prefers to work behind the scenes and fit in with others. I think the climax of this book is when the two find Mandy. This is the climax because it resolved most of the conflict that had been going on. The theme of this book is you have to try something new every once in a while because you may make a difference. This book was alright to me, but I know for sure many of my peers would really enjoy it.”
“Kind of different. Pretty good overall but the end seemed quite drawn out to me. ”Nathaniel Shellhamer wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really good, except the ending was too ambiguous for my liking.”LookingForStars wrote this review Monday, October 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think Scott Westerfeld is one of my very favorite authors. His books are always captivating from the beginning. This book looks at popularity from some very different angles and profiles people based on their sense of style. In a unique way, this novel explores how ideas spread and what that can mean. Scott Westerfeld's books are always entertaining, unique in perspective, and always cover topics we can relate to - no matter how distant the world and characters might seem. Really enjoyed this stand-alone novel - very original idea...”Danya W wrote this review Thursday, October 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“not my usual kind but a great book none the less”Miss_Match wrote this review Tuesday, July 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I give this book a 3/5 stars, but that is only because I don't usually read this type of genre. I do, however, recommend this book to middle schoolers, because it focuses on trendsetting with a side of action too. The main characters are Hunter and Jen. Hunter works as a “trendsetter”, which means he basically spreads around the latest trends. Jen works as an “innovator,” which means she is the one that comes up with the trends. Hunter is insecure, which is why he is a trendsetter; he always has to fit in. Jen, however, is extremely bold and a daredevil; which makes her an innovator; not afraid to try new things.
The climax of the story is when Jen and Hunter go to Two-by-Two productions, and they find Mandy there. They end up finding out that she was “kidnapped” in order to sign a very important deal for a new shoe, not to be tortured.
I recommend this book to mainly young boys, because it has action in it, and suspense. I think the theme of the book is that fitting in is overrated, that sometimes you have to stand out in order to really make a difference. ”
“A very interesting premise, but not out-there/fictiony enough for my tastes.”scatteredshowers wrote this review Sunday, March 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I usually like Westerfeld's books. Not this one. It explores an intersting question: Who creates and controls current fastion trends and fads? Westerfeld envisions our society as having groups of people who purposely make or break trends in the country. Unfortunately, the plot moved forward very slowly and the end was a bit confusing.”Mrs. Bush wrote this review Tuesday, January 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No