Popular

Popular
by Alissa Grosso
Publisher: Flux, 2011
ISBN: 978-0738727998
For ages: 12 and up

 

 

Summary

Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High: Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by über-popular Hamilton Best. Lies and secrets are ripping away the careful ties that have kept them together for years. But Hamilton has the biggest secret of all, one that only her boyfriend Alex knows. If the truth got out, it would shock everyone and destroy Hamilton’s fragile world, and she’ll do anything to protect her secret. This unique look at high school popularity provides opportunities for discussing the adolescent pressures of identity, fitting in and belonging.

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Reviews

“This will have appeal to fans who enjoy a little bit of a mystery and a little bit of suspense. Grosso successfully weaves a story told both in the present and in the past, and piece by piece she builds a compelling character study complemented by a plot that’s got enough pulse behind it to move the story forward.” from Stacked Books

“Whatever you do, don’t assume that this is some shallow book about popular girls. It’s more than that. SO much more…” from Alison’s Book Marks

“My favorite part of the book: It ended differently than it began (in a good way). I love when music does that. I love when life does that. A literary Sour Patch Kid. This was where the surprise factor came in for me. That’s the part I didn’t see coming. But it ended the way I want all my books to end. Me with a content smile on my face.” from A Tale of Two Suzies

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About the Author
Alissa Grosso is the author of the YA novels PopularFerocity Summer and Shallow Pond (Flux). At various points in her working life she has been a tavern wench, a term paper writer, a newspaper editor and a children’s librarian. She lives in Riegelsville, PA.

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