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How to be Popular: ... when you're a social reject like me, Steph L.! Kindle Edition
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Steph decides to take matters into her own hands on finding an old book in an attic called "HOW TO BE POPULAR". With the new school year Steph's plan unfolds. But as Steph soon finds out it's now becoming popular that's hard - It's staying that way!
Basically... slightly entertaining... but only read it if you have time to kill.
Five years ago Steph Landry spilt a Big Red Gulp on Lauren Moffat's white skirt, irreparably staining it. Lauren coined a phrase, "to do a Steph Landry" or "to do a Steph" about this for anything that people do wrong. It's stuck and it's the bane of Steph's existence. About that time Lauren dropped Steph as a friend and is the most popular girl in the school.
Steph has found a old book on becoming popular and decides to enact some if the ideas in it (updated some of the ideas of course, kid gloves and control pants for example being things to drop). She wants to be noticed by the cool people instead of being relegated to being friends with Jason and Becca who are definitely not part of the in crowd!
While she does this she finds out who her real friends are and finds love. While also finding out what popularity can really mean. The lessons she learns from the book are not only what it has that's right but what's wrong with some of it's ideas. Maybe it is okay not to be part of the popular crowd.
It's not a deep read, nor is is incredibly realistic on some levels as the timescale is a bit shortened for realism but it's a fun read and I found myself laughing out loud at bits of it.
There's so much to love about this story! Firstly I loved Steph and her friends. They're the sort of outsider group at school who look have distanced themselves from the popular kids. Then Steph decides she's on a mission to be popular which causes all kinds of tension. I still found Steph to be a really likable character, because we get to see her before her descent into popularity when she has a great relationship with her best friends Jason and Becca. I also really liked the relationship between her and her grandfather which was a constant throughout the book.
I instantly found this book to be relatable. The opening chapters of the book see Steph counting down to the first day of school, which is when she plans on launching her mission to become popular. I think we've all been the one counting down to the first day back after the summer holidays. I know I used to fuss about how I wore my hair that day or what school bag I was going to use! Of course in this book there's no school uniform so Steph is stressing a lot over what she's going to wear. I just thought it captured that teenage dream of wanting to reinvent yourself perfectly!
The book also dealt with some pretty serious issues. I'd say some of the stuff Steph went through during the course of the book was verging on cyber bullying, and she'd definitely been a victim of some not so nice attention in the past.Read more ›
It goes to show that all people her age and some even younger people want to be popular when all you get out of it is 'Mum, *most popular person* says I have to have designer clothes or she'll reject me from her group.' Nothing good learning wise ever comes out of this so you're just throwing your knowledge all away to get stuck-up 21 before I'm even 15 type girls as friends.
Cabot, regrettably, does not regard this issue. It's apparently good to reject trusty friends for meanies. 3 stars because despite my rant, it is actually an OK piece of writing.
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This book was really funny and I liked it, except maybe the extracts from the 'How to be Popular' book that she finds, as I thought this was a bit boring to read. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2014 by ldobby
This was a superb book! Meg Cabot has done it again! She is my absolute favorite! This was a light, funny, easy-to read book with loveable characters. Read morePublished on 9 April 2013 by American Mole
I personnally enjoyed this book, very up~lifting and although I read it in one greedy read very emotional and suprising although SPOILER!!! Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2012 by Mrs L F Cook
If you're a real Meg Cabot fan, you will probably get something out of this book but to me it shows how Meg Cabot is churning out less and less good titles. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2008 by N. Preskey
not the best book that i have read and its obviously not gonna win any awards but for what it is still enjoyable to pass and afternoon so i felt some of the reviews are a bit harsh... Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2007 by Lindymck
I am a rather large fan of Meg's and have many of her books. I brought this book a couple of months back for a good read and was rather annoyed in the end. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2007 by Samantha Jayne
I was really excited when I picked up this book, as Meg Cabot is a brilliant author for teenage girls, who like a bit of romance, adventure, and social appeal in their novels. Read morePublished on 2 May 2007 by A. Merrington