Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Elise Allen
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Book: ARC sent by publisher
“Cara has never been one of those girls: confident, self-possessed, and always ready with the perfect thing to say. A girl at the very top of the popularity tower. One of the Populazzi. Now, junior year could change everything. Cara’s moving to a new school, and her best friend urges her to seize the moment—with the help of the Ladder. Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms into the perfect girlfriend for guys ever-higher on the tower, she’ll reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi. The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment, a straight climb up, but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted. And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.”
I love high school catty stories. There is something about them that makes me go gaga for them. So much drama, so many changes, and so many boys that it makes my head spin.
So the plot of this book is all what high school is. A new girl trying her make her way up the top, only this time using boys as her ladder. Cara is a girl tired of be invisible and wants to fit in, I mean who doesn’t? I loved this book. And in theory, it sounds like something you can really do. The story line had an amazing amount of gasping, OMG’s! and good drama. The reader is easily sucked in by this high school ladder so fast you don’t know what hit you. I like Cara’s approach to the ladder. At first she is scared but gains confidence and quickly finds herself heading toward the top.
As she climbs up further up the ladder, she begins to see herself and the ladder in a new way. Nothing is what she imagine and of course, begins to doubt herself. I like how Cara eyes are being open to a whole new light. She thought that being at the top is what she wanted, when in fact it wasn’t. I like how the reader gets to see Cara make her mistakes and grow from them. It makes her character much more approachable and easy to find your way into her shoes.
The ending of this book is so sweet. Finding love when you thought you lost it is the best present ever. I felt Cara’s happiness and strength in who she is now. I like that she finally found herself and is happy. Poppulazzi is a great book about finding yourself, loving yourself, and being contempt in who you are. You don’t need the ladder or fake friends to be happy. All you need is the right people beside you, the family that you love and you are set for the rest of your life.
*There was some sex talk, drugs, drinking, eating disorders*
I give it 5 BITES!