Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Doug is a teenager leading an extraordinarily unremarkable life. He comes up with the “brilliant” idea that if he gets himself hooked on meth and has to go to rehab, than his life will change. He believes that he will finally be popular with not only the girls, but also the entire student body and his family. Doug feels that even his mother looks at him as “second-best” to his brother Trevor.

While I found this to be an odd, yet interesting approach to popularity, Doug managed to not even pull his drug addiction off correctly. He was truly, to me, a very unlikable, feel sorry for himself kind of guy. He might have gotten the attention he so craved for himself if he had just exerted a bit of effort at trying to fit in and quit being such a victim. His mother did spend most of her time organizing care packages for the Mothers Support Our Troops Northwest Oklahoma City Chapter, but so would any one of our mothers with a child overseas fighting in a war.

Trevor returns from the war injured and addicted to drugs to kill the pain and instantly knows that Doug has been doing drugs. In another truly unbelievable scene, Trevor forces Doug to take him to the dealer that has been supplying him with his meth. The dealer then reveals that he has not even been selling Doug meth, but a byproduct of the waste created when the actual meth is manufactured. Trevor winds up stealing the dealer’s stash of actual meth and overdosing on it.

Will Doug and Trevor find their brotherly bond  or will High Before Homeroom end in disaster?

Rating: 3/5

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Gallery Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.