Simon Glass was easy to hate. I never knew exactly why, there was too much to pick from. I guess, really, we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn’t realize it until the day we killed him.

From its powerful opening to its tension-filled ending, this compelling novel will pull you in and keep you listening. When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, decides to turn the sniveling class nerd into Prince Charming, his cruel challenge leads to violence and death. Is our narrator, Rob’s friend, culpable? Quotes from teachers, parents, kids, and cops give different–sometimes conflicting–points of view about the dramatic and suspensful events.

Gail Giles has a firm grasp of high school cliques–and of high school as a dangerous place. Shattering Glass is her poignant and funny, subtle and richly textured, always memorable, young adult debut.