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Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo
posted by TeensReadToo on April 11, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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A Must Read!!!
posted by 6066767 on November 2, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2011
Baby there's no other superstar you know that I'll be
I don't know what it is, but I seriously love to see the many ways high school cliques can be described - and let me tell you, some of the nicknames are really clever! Populazzi was no different, but this nice thing is that Elise Allen kept it pretty simple with 4 types: Happy Hopeless, Cubby Crew, DangerZone, and Populazzi (with a Supreme Populazzi in charge). Cara is the typical new girl in a new school who can basically re-invent herself and work her way up to Populazzi glory. She's not so gung ho about it as her best friend Claudia who is left behind at the old school, but she seems to be off at a good start when she encounters a Cubby Crew boy named Archer. According to Claudia's research, Cara should date him to up her social ante and then dump him for a DangerZone, repeat the cycle until she goes in for the gold. Yet Cara seems quite content with Archer, and she's not sure if she wants to move up the ladder. The only question is: Does Archer like her back? Populazzi will take you through the social Tower of Power - and I promise that you'll have oodles of fun and laughs as Cara goes through her multiple transformations to become the "dream girl" for each boy type. Practically I realize that girls shouldn't change themselves for a boy, but as gimmick to climb the social ladder it is quite funny to see how the rest of the school would react to Cara's antics! I loved the characters that Ms. Allen brought to life - and each of them had their ups and downs, pros and cons, and I think she captured high school in all its colorful glory! As for me, I think my high school self would have fit into the Cubby Crew somewhat, but I'd like to think that I had a Happy Hopeless in me!
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Posted August 31, 2012
A delightfully fun, funny and entertaining read.
When Cara moves into a new neighborhood and a new high school her worst fears become realities. Being the new girl in school with no friends leaves her planning every step of her daily school routine, from where to hide at lunchtime to how to look as busy as possible in between periods. But Cara does have has one true loyal friend, her best friend Claudia. However, there presents one problem, Claudia does not attend the same school as Cara. After hearing about Cara’s lonely school days Claudia comes up with a plan called the “Ladder,” which after first giving her disapproval for Cara later agrees to be part of. The Ladder is a plan to help Cara become more popular at her new school and one that at first seems like an innocent game, which seems to be working, at least for a while. Soon after Cara gets comfortable with her new group of friends. her worst nightmare become reality.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Reading this story had me recalling the cliques in school and everything that came along with them. This story took me back to the past and reading it totally had me feeling like a teen again. Not sure if that was a bad thing or a good thing, but overall it was highly entertaining. I found myself at the start feeling sorry for Cara and her loneliness, but later in the story those feeling soon change when she takes her unique introverted self and turns it into an extroverted monster. Which left me wondering if Cara really does deserve what she gets. If you dig deep enough through all the drama in this story you do eventually find some lessons to be learned. Most of which have to do with being true to oneself and not trying to be someone you are not. All leading to the main lesson which teaches, you can attract real friends who really care about you and love you just the way you are, if you just be your real true self.