Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com
If you haven't met Mimi Schulman, who's tumultuous first semester at the alternative Baldwin School in New York City was chronicled with hilarious results in THE RISE AND FALL OF A 10TH-GRADE SOCIAL CLIMBER, don't despair. Miri, and her up-and-down life, her crazy friends, her strange classmates, and her sharp wit and sense of humor are back in ALL Q, NO A: MORE TALES OF A 10TH-GRADE SOCIAL CLIMBER.
The Baldwin School is strapped for cash, and the school's paper, Bugle, is in serious jeopardy. Mimi is already feeling down and out, since both the editor (whose own father was just indicted for money laundering) and the soon-to-be-editor haven't cared for her past articles. But Serge Ziff, father of uber-cool senior Nikola, has just donated a large amount to the school. If Ulla Lippman has anything to say about it, a big chunk of that money will be aimed towards the Bugle. To do that, they need a spread that will outdo anything that's ever come before it. And the assignment of a lifetime goes to--you guessed it--Mimi.
The last thing Mimi wants is to be in the middle of a huge story, stirring things up again at Baldwin like she did during her first semester. She's vowed to not try so hard to be popular, to err on the side of caution in her social-climbing ways. What she wants most this year is to get the attention of the hottest sophomore guy, Max Roth. It doesn't look like that's going to happen, though, especially when she starts doing research for the big article on Serge Ziff and his donation to the school.
Her visits to Ziff Projects for some background information don't turn out so well, and the more she digs, the more she realizes she's not coming up with a brilliant, glowing article on the school's new benefactor so much as a glaring expose on one of the city's biggest names. As a scandal boils closer to the surface, Mimi once again finds herself in the middle of school politics, personality clashes, and a couple of hotties she doesn't know what to do with.
ALL Q, NO A: MORE TALES OF A 10TH-GRADE SOCIAL CLIMBER is a laugh-out-loud, surprisingly indulgent read. Once you get started on the continued life and times of Mimi Schulman, you won't be able to stop until you turn the last page. A funny, engaging read, this is one you don't want to miss.