Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Market by J.M. Steele Book Review

The Market by J.M. Steele
(Hyperion, Hardcover)


Someone at Millbank High has created a Social Stock Market where girls are ranked according to looks, fashion, and other criteria. Kate's always been happy with her life until she finds out that she is ranked 71 (out of 140 girls). Kate and her best friend decide to play the market and try to increase her rating. She cuts her hair, buys some new clothes, and all of a sudden her ranking starts to rise. But will Kate's "blue chip" status ruin her life?

I was completely intrigued by this book's concept. I don't know if there is such a thing as a "social stock market" but it's easy to see how one could become popular. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but this book gets an A+ for originality.

Also, I'm wondering about the authors. J.M. Steele is the pseudonym for two writers. Boys? Girls? For some reason, I feel like it's 2 boys, but maybe that is because of the androgynous name JM. Has anyone else read this book and want to throw in their thoughts?


  1. Wow! The premise alone is enough to make me want to read it.

  2. That sounds really good. I'll have check it out.

  3. I read The Taker by JM Steele(s) and really liked it. I'll definitely be checking this one out. Thanks for the review!


  4., sounds really interesting.

  5. I read this book recently too...and I didnt overly like it. The plot seemed so exciting, and I did like the over all story...but for me it was just kind of another typical YA story...

  6. Hi. I know this isnt the place where I should be writing this, but you didnt have a C-Box so I didnt know what to do... I'm not sure if on your link list you have 'Muffins.and.Books' but if you could change the URL to
    Because I changed it to that. Thank you!

  7. The idea certainly intrigues me. I will definitely have to check this one out!

    I realized the other day that I never formally thanked you for sending me the Host. I enjoyed it so much and had such a great with it. So thank you :-)

  8. This book sounds really good! I'll have to look for it the next time i'm at the libary.


  9. Jadrien Steele is a graduate of Princeton University, 1996

  10. Hmm, interesting, I wonder if Jadrien Steele has any connection to the book...maybe he/she is one of the authors.


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