Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Populazzi by Elise Allen
When Cara moves to a new neighborhood and a new high school, she follows her best friend's plan to climb the rungs of a ladder of boys to reach the top rung and be the Supreme Populazzi. The goal is to be the most popular girl, have the most most popular boyfriend and rule the school. The plan seems to be working although along the way Cara jeopardizes her grades, her relationships with her parents, best friend and the boy on the first rung of the ladder.
The premise of the book is fascinating and it was a very enjoyable read. The cover is eye catching and the writing will attract even the most reluctant readers. My favorite part of the book is the relationship between Cara and Archer, the boy on the bottom rung. Archer is a gem of a character through the end. The only drawback is the length of the book at 400 pages. Most reluctant readers will be taken aback by that. However, I found the ending quite satisfying and all readers sticking with the book should feel the same way. Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Netgalley. Populazzi by Elise Allen will be published in August 2011. Cover courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.