Saturday, February 20, 2010

Review: The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, when Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, their efforts don’t translate into instant popularity. Lydia ends up with a bald spot, their parents won’t stop yelling, and Julie finds herself the number-one crush of Roland Asbjørnsen. Worse, they seem to be drifting farther and farther from their goal—and each other.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets four stars. It was in a cute scrapbook type format which was fun. The text is in two different handwritings (one for each character) which is cute, but can be difficult to read at points. The nice message is well presented without being preachy. It sort of reminded me of Romy & Michele's High School Reunion for the middle school set. It was cute, fun, and easy to read and would be a great read for a middle grade reader. Definitely recommended!

★★★★ = Really Liked It


J.T. Oldfield said...

Ah, but it probably doesn't have the awesome soundtrack that Romy & Michelle's high school reunion had!

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