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Popular (Canterwood Crest Series #14)

Popular (Canterwood Crest Series #14)

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Pressure threatens Lauren’s popularity as she shines in the spotlight of the Canterwood Crest series.

Popular is Lauren’s status, at last. She’s fitting in at Canterwood Crest Academy, dating a très cute boy, and working hard as she prepares for her first show since the horrible accident that nearly ended her riding career.

Overview

Pressure threatens Lauren’s popularity as she shines in the spotlight of the Canterwood Crest series.

Popular is Lauren’s status, at last. She’s fitting in at Canterwood Crest Academy, dating a très cute boy, and working hard as she prepares for her first show since the horrible accident that nearly ended her riding career. Maybe too hard…

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442419513
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Canterwood Crest Series , #14
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
164,260
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Popular THE OLD,
THE NEW, AND THE
TOTALLY BUSTED

ALL FIVE FACES STARED AT ME. EACH GIRL’S expression was a variation of the girl before her.

Disbelief.

Confusion.

Shock.

Apprehension.

Curiosity.

Lexa.

Khloe.

Jill.

Clare.

Riley.

Seconds earlier, everything had slammed to a halt. The secret I’d been keeping for seven days—just one week, and my entire time at Canterwood Crest Academy—had been blown wide open.

A DVD I hadn’t known existed had just outed me as “two-time junior dressage champion Lauren Towers.” Or what I hadn’t been able to explain yet—ex junior dressage champion.

The omission of my past experience with equestrian competition had been no accident. Now Jill, my new friend and Lexa’s roommate, had innocently selected a DVD to watch while we all ate breakfast post-sleepover party. And bam: The DVD spilled the truth before I could even think about doing it myself.

“Yeah, right!” Riley balked. “This girl has your name, she looks like you, and when you heard the DVD in the background, you went white as an albino horse. And you expect us to believe you when you say that isn’t you?”

Khloe’s eyes bore into mine. Out of all the girls, I was closest to her. “Lauren,” she said, glancing at the paused TV screen. “Even I have to agree. If you insist on denying that’s you, it’s going to be pretty much impossible to believe it.”

“No, please—Khloe. I meant it—the girl on TV isn’t me,” I repeated. I glanced around, grateful that we were the only ones in Hawthorne Hall’s common room.

Khloe, also my roommate, gripped the remote from when she’d paused the footage of the Red Oak Horse Trial. Khloe brushed a strand of blond hair from her face, her brown eyes looking from me to the floor.

I couldn’t stand it if Khloe stayed mad at me. “Hear me out,” I began.

Thunder rumbled over campus. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a group of students bolt down the sidewalk, laughing, some trying to cover their heads with their backpacks.

The room darkened by the second. Lexa Reed, another seventh grader and my closest friend after Khloe, stood rigidly still. She tugged down her army green PJ tank that said SLEEP MONSTER on the front. She turned on a floor lamp. Once a warm yellow glow bathed the room in light, Lexa sat back down, pulling a blue chenille blanket over her dark caramel-colored legs.

No one spoke. It seemed as if none of us knew how to start.

The silence had gone on so long, it had turned everything to slow motion. I knew I had to be the one to say something.

“I’m sorry,” I said. I cleared my raspy throat. “Please give me a chance to explain the DVD.”

The other four girls looked at one another. It was as if they were getting each other’s telepathic permission to let me speak.

Riley gathered her pin-straight black hair into a messy updo, secured with a clear band from her wrist. “Of course you can explain, Lauren.” Her voice was sweeter than maple syrup.

“I’m listening,” Clare added, blinking her blue eyes.

Lexa studied me for a second. Her curly black hair with natural reddish highlights hung around her face. Her jaw relaxed and her narrowed eyes softened. “I want to know too,” she said, softer than the others.

All eyes went to Khloe. If she left, I didn’t know what I’d do. She’d been more than my roommate—she’d been my best friend since I’d arrived on campus last week. But Khloe was quietest of all.

Her chest expanded as she took a deep breath.

I ran my tongue nervously over the permanent wire retainer along the back of my bottom teeth. It made me nauseous to think of losing Khloe as a friend just because I hadn’t been able to bring myself to talk about my past—both my riding-circuit history and the big accident—to anyone yet. But I know it had been stupid to keep it a secret.

Finally, Khloe shrugged her shoulders, nodding a yes. Like the rest of us, she was still in pj’s from last night. Her yellow tank and shorts with white polka dots had seemed so cheery then.

I shifted in my spot on the couch, opposite end from Khloe. No more secrets about my past on the A-circuit. I picked my cuticles, thinking back to that day.

New life, meet old life.

Meet the Author

Jessica Burkhart (aka Jessica Ashley) is the author of the Unicorn Magic and Canterwood Crest series, which you can learn more about at CanterwoodCrest.com. She is a former equestrian who writes from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York. (It’s not the size of Crystal Castle, but Jess tries to decorate like a princess!) Jess’s aura would be hot pink and she loves glittery things. If she had a unicorn, it would be named Sparkle. Visit Jess at JessicaBurkhart.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the whole canterwood crest series, so i cant wait for this new part of the series to unravel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need this book right now. I need to keep reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugggggggh i just read the book before this and i need to know whats next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please hurry up &come out already im DYING!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jessica Burkhart,you are awsome! Canterwood crest books are GREAT if you love drama ,romance, HORSES, and more! I stayed up all night reading this and all the other books too. I could not PUT THE BOOK DOWN! Twenty thumbs up for these books! Please please keep on writing these books... please. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE this whole series!!!!!!:) i really enjoyed reading this book And jessica did an outstanding job of writing it! I would definatly reccomend this book for horseback riders and people who love gossip. Never once in this whole book did i get bored. I couldnt put the book down!!!! You wont be sorry if you read this book!!!
08wildflower More than 1 year ago
If you have read the other Canterwood series then you will for sure love this new book she has added to her Canterwood series. Its all about the Horses, Cute Boys and Drama! I would def recommend it to anyone that loves Horses, Cute Boys and DRAMA!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is super good. But i want to know what will happen to Lauren and Khole's friendhip!!!!! I absolutly can NOT wait till August 7th for the next book!!!!!! Write fast jess!!!!!!! Love, A valueable reader<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was fantastic and leaves you hanging!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is offically going to be the best book ever i love cc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books are awsom i cant wait to read this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series! Hope she keeps writing more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So totally the best book! I can not wait for comeback!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good if you ignore the fact that the main character is a spoiled rich brat. The only good characetrs now are Khloe and Cole. And LAUREN IS FREAKING OUT ABOUT FALLING OFF A HORSE!!! Everyone does that some sometimes. Not a good secret. She could've told everyone and they would have been like, "Oh, okay," and moved on. The whole new Lauren series is based off a fall. I miss Sasha, Paige, Callie, Heather, Alison, Jacob, and Eric.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST books ever !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the release date is may 1, 2012
Anonymous 5 months ago
Major drama in this book. Not going to spoil it this time but its awesome yet dramatic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book yeah
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LOVE!!!!! i love it!!! I wish lauren had a lipgloss addiction like a strong one but i love her story! I love all the books before this one 1-13!!! My fave series ever!!
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Told 22 people abojt it and they all loved the book they said it was really good and they hope that the auther comes t little rick to d book singing because they all havth books and we get to discuss things and sometimes we disagree but nota lot because we are sometimes just like that i can definetley comepare to sasha and sometimes heather but that is rarley because i don't treat my friends like that