Wednesday, August 13, 2008

How to be Popular

I just finished Meg Cabot's adolescent fiction bestseller, How to be Popular. It was a fantastic read! Although I'm nearly 23, I still love books for kids and teens as much as I love adult reads. I took a literature for adolescents class in college and realized these simple books can have so much meaning!

How to be Popular focuses on sixteen-year-old Steph Landry. She has awful hair (her best friend, Jason, calls her "crazytop") and she has been the laughing stock of her classmates since she spilled a Big Red Gulp on Lauren Moffat five years ago. So, she finds a book called How to Be Popular and decides to give it a try. She changes the way she dresses, the way she talks, and eventually changes friends. However, she then realizes the popular kids in school aren't that great after all.

It's a wonderful coming of age story and I think I may encourage Tom's teenage cousins to read it. Girls need to understand that being popular isn't always what it's cracked up to be.

Next, I'll be reading Meg Cabot's (I'm on quite a kick) Queen of Babble In the Big City.

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