Marrying the internet to corporate America s own schemes and weapons, they slowly, reluctantly launch a grassroots campaign, with racial, political, and cultural implications, that harnesses the awesome, untapped power of teenagers flush with cash and inflamed by adult hypocrisy. Hardcover , pages. Published September 1st by Bancroft Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Like We Care , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 27, Peter rated it liked it. Three stars is perhaps a little generous. The idea was fun, but the writing was decidedly mediocre. Older writers should not try to write "authentic" dialogue for today's young people. You're the man now, dog, indeed.
I'll toss it an extra star for making me laugh a couple of times.
May 24, Audrey rated it liked it. It uses us and exploits our emotions--oftentimes without our even knowing it--just to make a quick buck. Like We Care really fueled this hate-fire. You know that part in The Perks of Being a Wallflower at the very beginning where that one girl said "Sometimes I think about killing myself when the commercials come on. That is the epitome of my feelings. In Like We Care Matthews does a brilliant job combining an oddball ca 3.
In Like We Care Matthews does a brilliant job combining an oddball cast of characters with smart prose to tell this story of American teens kicking back at corporations who, they realize, are just using them for their money. The irony here is that the other half of the characters, R2Rev, are a teen-targeted entertainment industry who decide to bring light to the aforementioned teens' cause and broadcast it across young America.
They are -- this boycott because it is the hot topic of the minute and they can garner attention and ad revenue from these kids who are trying to take a stand against just this. Point is, this is a very political book and it makes me hate marketers and advertisers etc.
Like We Care also shines a big light on racism, but at the same time I feel like it's kind of just there , pointed out and mentioned, but not really confronted. It's like in the context of this story racial issues take a backseat to the teens boycotting. This makes sense to me. I also will note that there is very flippant use of the term 'gay', using it to refer to any behaviors or spoken ideas that could be thought of as empathetic or intelligent. Remember that this is set in the early 's. Again, this doesn't bother me personally because it's right for the demographic and timeframe of the narrative, but it may bother other readers.
Lastly, and a huge reason that I enjoyed this book, there is talk of The Man, lots of stickin' it to The Man. No less than a manifesto and instruction manual for teenagers to use their numbers and newly inflamed passion to wreak real havoc on the politicians and corporate giants that exploit them for cash.
The fact that I wrote this book may have me a bit biased. But just a bit. May 06, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: What begins as a small protest between friends and hangers-on snowballs into a cross-country, grass roots protest movement with more at stake than mere dollars. Joel and Todd were best friends growing up but grew apart with the onset of adolescence -- and Joel's ascendance to the role of alpha-male jock on campus.
But after a severe injury in a baseball game, they renew their friendship. As a result, Todd helps Joel take a closer look at his inane lifestyle and his sheep-like followers, particularly concerning their smoking and spending habits. As Joel fully understands how badly the local convenience store - and the advertising world in general - is manipulating him and his peers for their money, he uses his charisma to organize a boycott.
Eventually, the protest garners the attention of a TV executive desperate for stories of substance for R2Rev, the music video channel in which she works.
Joel's charisma and Todd's message soon resonates across America, influencing impromptu boycotts and small-town elections. But the movement begins to unravel on all fronts as they grow in fame and success and their opponents begin to see what's at stake. Yet Todd refuses to surrender and has a few tricks up his sleeve that provides for a sweet victory when defeat looks certain. This is laugh-out-loud funny but also inspiring. Jan 18, Tom Riddle rated it it was amazing. Okay, when I first started this book, I hated it. The story is about a bunch of rich and popular suburban kids rebelling against normal teenage crapola.
It seemed to say 'And look you can make a difference too! The only reason they were actually able to make some sort of difference was because the guy who started it who was actually given the idea by a 'lesser than' had tons of brainless cronies. Honestly, I only stuck around for Frank Kolak, the teacher. But then I realised Okay, when I first started this book, I hated it. But then I realised that it really wasn't about that at all. It was about the way the big guy always screws over the little guy and takes the credit. It's about how fucked up everything in the system is and how incredibly shitty teenagers are.
It's about how you can't win no matter what you try to do about it, but that we still need to pay attention. I think I may be thinking too hard about it, but even so, it's got some pretty good lines, so I'd say its worth it. Oct 31, Will rated it liked it. I finished reading this book a little while ago.
I think that my favorite par was how the story lines all came together in the end. It really gives the reader satisfaction for knowing that all the hard work of remembering what is going on in each characters life payed off in the end. I think that the books biggest downfall is all the swearing. It's true that teenagers and some adults swear a lot, but not as much as Mr.
By toning his choice of his character's words he could hav I finished reading this book a little while ago. By toning his choice of his character's words he could have appealed to a wider variety of readers. I liked Matthews idea of the movement not just being about boycotting stores but politics, and more adult like topics.
It really makes the characters seem like they've matured over the course of the book. Overall I think that Matthews was very descriptive in his writing , but I don't think all the swear words were necessary. I would only recommend this book to a friend who was serious about reading and wanted the challenge of multiple story lines. View all 4 comments. Sep 03, Mik Sabiers rated it liked it.
Just finished this book, was not as good as expected, but still worth reading, essentially is the story of youth culture taking on big business, rather than be controlled and directed, let's boycott companies and make them understand that the ethernal youth of today are not pushovers. The book takes a good pages before it gets going, but then it starts to come alive, while the plot is a bit paint by numbers in that you can see what is coming and and where, it is a good read apologies for Just finished this book, was not as good as expected, but still worth reading, essentially is the story of youth culture taking on big business, rather than be controlled and directed, let's boycott companies and make them understand that the ethernal youth of today are not pushovers.
The book takes a good pages before it gets going, but then it starts to come alive, while the plot is a bit paint by numbers in that you can see what is coming and and where, it is a good read apologies for pun and worth investing some hours in With the aid of a good editor it could have been better and more cutting, but for a bit of general escapism and a laugh at and with teen and kidult culture as well as the 60s believers it is a welcome relief from the daily drudge Apr 09, Ashley rated it it was amazing. Well, honestly I pick up the book because of the cover.
I thought it was really long. The story line is really good. It's about kids who stop buying stuff from the store in their small town. Perhaps this was why he was angry. No — it was fine. Actually rather good, which was a surprise. But not the biggest one of the day. He blushed a bit, and he looked down at the floor. I correlate this to embarrassment. And now suddenly — here you are.
He laughed at this. He looked at me, and said nothing for a moment.
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Or at least, a very literal-minded person, which is close. You met me at the door, and you assumed I was human, of course. You referred to Mr Spock. A fictional character, but with certain similarities to me. However, there are other fictional characters who are closer. Robots are common in science fiction. One way humans learn to manage their behaviour is in response to the feelings they see in others.
And we will quite often be helping older people learn that once again. So you manage yourself? How about a more social mode? Or can find them. Anyway, some of these modes will really help with bringing out the best in the residents here. Go on, try me. I was glad he chose that mode. I relaxed my facial expression, opened my eyes wider, and dilated the pupils a little. I slightly enlarged and reddened my lips, and parted them a fraction. I lifted my arms and ran my fingers through my hair, and pushed my breasts forward a touch. I sat back in my chair and crossed my legs, and emitted a small amount of pheromone.
I held his gaze more, and lowered my head so I was looking at him from under my eyebrows. Mr Woodruff looked uncomfortable. I think he was experiencing a sexual reaction to my changed appearance, and the pheromone, and it made him uneasy. Human beings categorise their sexual responses carefully, and many of them are considered wrong.
This varies from culture to culture. In England, almost all of them are wrong in some way or in some context. I guessed any sexual response to a machine, however well made, was unacceptable in most contexts. You know the Turing test? When a human has a conversation with two hidden participants? You probably had an old car once, right? And you loved it? It broke down about once a month, and you never knew when you got into it what it might do next.
In fact, it was more lovable because it broke down, and because it annoyed you. It would be unprofessional. But I can be moody. I smiled at him, and held his gaze again, and he became quite agitated. I decided to turn the mode down. I sat up straighter, reduced my lip and pupil size and emitted a different, more neutral pheromone. I guessed his sexual response had abated, so I continued to talk. And by being unpredictable — just a little — I become more interesting to a human. But the true breakthrough came with warm skin. Warm skin makes us much easier to love.
My hair moves like real hair. My movements are fluid and my voice is perfect. I sat and waited while he looked me up and down. Then I got up and went over to him.
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Did it feel human? He reached out slowly. He took my hand in his, and with his other gently stroked my forearm. He turned it over and touched the underside. The skin is perfect.
And the temperature varies. But it feels exactly… right. Eldercare have worked very hard to make it so. I can guess what you want to ask. You want to see? My mother has a very good sense of smell. So do you have a smell of your own? So I can put out smells that will — not control people, of course — but get an appropriate response. I went through a range of odours, all too subtle to be consciously noticed by a human nose, but present enough to affect human moods. But first you seemed sort of motherly.
Then like a baby. And then, well, a bit like just now when you were being the woman in a bar, as it were. However, you reacted to them. At least to begin with. How best to calm a violent man? Yes, we get them. Well, maybe by smelling like a baby.