Book Review: Slumming by Kristen D. Randle

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was problematic for a couple of reasons. I initially checked it out because I thought it would be a story about normal high school students, but the beginning of the book was as unrealistic as they come. Furthermore, the characters weren’t at all consistent throughout the book and began to do things that would be considered extremely out-of-character for them, to the point where I was confused who was narrating each chapter. I think that the premise of the book has a lot of potential, but the author didn’t spend enough time developing the characters and their stories.


Nikki, Alicia, and Sam are best friends. They do everything together, and one day, when Alicia has an idea for a pet project she wants to pursue, Nikki and Sam are immediately on board. Each person will choose a fellow student at their school whose life they want to improve, accomplish the improvement, and then take them to prom- all in three weeks. And to make it more interesting, it’ll be a competition to see who can achieve the greatest improvement.

But after a few days into this project, the three best friends are drifting apart as they each begin to spend more and more time with their “subject”. They learn new things about the people they have chosen, but more importantly, they learn more about themselves. The three best friends figure out what kind of people they really are and can’t imagine going back to the way things used to be…

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