Tuesday, January 02, 2007
How to be Popular by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries books, has a knack for writing books about ordinary high school girls and how they really think and talk. In this book, Steph Landry has been harassed for five straight years by Lauren Moffit, queen of the school. Just before her junior year, Steph acquires a book called How to be Popular, and uses its tips to transform herself into the most popular girl in school. But her popularity lasts one week before she is challenged to be true to herself and not to Lauren and her fabulous boyfriend. Readers know all along that Steph is fine just the way she is, and that her best friend Jason is probably going to turn out to be her soul mate, but it's fun to read about all the twists and turns. I don't think this is Meg Cabot's best book (honestly, I think the first few Princess Diaries were fantastic and deserve some literary respect), but it's a fun story for girls in grades 6-9. I also recommend Teen Idol, Avalon High, and All American Girl, all by Meg Cabot.