The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days

The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days

by Lisa Yee


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Higgs Boson Bing has seven days left before his perfect high school career is completed. Then it's on to Harvard to fulfill the fantasy portrait of success that he and his parents have cultivated for the past four years. Four years of academic achievement. Four years of debate championships. Two years of dating the most popular girl in school. It was, literally, everything his parents could have wanted. Everything they wanted for Higgs's older brother Jeffrey, in fact.But something's not right. And when Higgs's girlfriend presents him with a seemingly innocent hypothetical question about whether or not he'd give her a kidney . . . the exposed fault lines reach straight down to the foundations of his life. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545230940
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,164,891
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lisa Yee's novels include Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (an ALA Notable Book); the Bobby chapter book series, and most recently, Warp Speed. She is also the author of the American Girl books, Good Luck, Ivy, Aloha Kanani and Good Job, Kanani. Please visit her website at

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From THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL: OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS"I'm not even going to discuss this anymore. It's a hypothetical!" I said, glaring at Samantha. The conversation was making me even more nauseated than I already was."It's over, then," Roo said, sounding small."Well, thank god for that," I answered. The topic was stupid. Samantha Verve was stupid. The conversation was stupid. "Thank god?" Roo echoed. "Thank god, that our relationship is over?""Wha . . . ? No, I thought you were talking about the kidney thing–""It doesn't matter. You've ruined my life!" Roo shouted as she raised her hands to the sky. She was in the drama club and they were all like that. "Higgs Boson Bing, you are heartless. I could have died without your kidney." "I'd give you both my kidneys and my heart," Zander said.I couldn't hold back any longer."HIGGS!" Roo shrieked. "Gotta go!" Zander said, quickly retreating.It probably wasn't a good time to throw up, but then is there ever a good time for that?

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The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
I dislike teen romance stories. BUT bonus points to the author for having the main character break up with his girlfriend in Chapter Two. :) At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book but I found the story written well and there was enough of a story line to keep me interested. The book is young YA level (reading and content). It is a short read but the story moves along at a good pace and it feels complete when you are done. The characters were well-rounded but parts of the plot seemed a bit unrealistic- Higgs gives up going to Harvard?!? The story overall keeps the reader’s attention and there are some thoughtful moments between Higgs and Monarch (a girl Higgs befriends after he broke up with his girlfriend). There wasn’t the WOW factor for me in the story to say run to the bookstore to buy it, but it is definitely worth a read. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very unrealistic in the most obnoxious way. Not much character development either.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And really not adult. Most kidney must best be from a blood relative for best match sometimes you need a second one if you got one while still a child