Readers’ Advisory: How to Be Popular, by Meg Cabot (2006)
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Steph Landry has been the butt of jokes ever since an incident in sixth grade. Though she’s been content to hang out with her friend Jason, she wants a different high school experience. Discovering a copy of How to be Popular, she decides to make a change as she starts eleventh grade. But becoming popular is easy; maintaining that state isn’t. After all, she isn’t expecting the popular girl at school to be angry at her attempts to be popular too, nor does she expect Jason to be so hurt by being left behind.
Meg Cabot is known for her YA literature, and How to be Popular looks at popularity – and unpopularity – in an entertaining and funny way. YA fans might enjoy reading about Steph’s rise in popularity, or root for her to see the value in the friend that’s always been there for her. The book might be geared more towards teenage girls, but YA fans of all stripes might find something to like it all of it.
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How Not to be Popular, Jennifer Ziegler: Maggie is tired of moving all over the country, and having to leave friends behind every time. So when he family moves to Austin, she has a plan: she won’t be popular. She won’t be noticed. She’ll be able to come and go without incident. Except things don’t go as planned. A funny, entertaining look at popularity, How Not to be Popular shares a similar light-heartedness as Cabot’s work that readers may enjoy.
Confessions of a Not It Girl, Melissa Kantor: Jan is a high school senior, who seems to be overshadowed by her ‘it girl’ friend. But she’s about to find out that someone being the not it girl has its advantages. A mix of humour and wit make this an easy and fun reads for YA fans.