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3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  105 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
On the first day of September, 16 year-old Meredith Harper rules over the teen it-crowd of Belfast, Northern Ireland. But beneath the surface, Meredith’s complicated web of manipulative lies and self-serving intrigue are slowly beginning to threaten her social position and she finds herself being challenged by handsome Mark Kingston, the only guy in the school who’s always ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 30th 2012 by MadeGlobal Publishing/CreateSpace (first published July 7th 2011)
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Carly
Apr 22, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
We don't live in happiest of times at the moment, do we? We're in the middle of a recession, the news is all doom and gloom and, as I'm writing this review, it's pissing it down with rain. Sometimes we all need a book to dive into that takes us away from the stresses and strains of every day life. If you're looking for that book then look no further because Popular is the perfect antidote to all of your worries.

Popular will have you laughing from page one and keep you thoroughly entertained unti
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Joffrey Gilmore
Klare Kaufempfehlung für Leute, die auch gerne mal ein bitchy Buch lesen ;)
ALPHAreader
Nov 06, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marissa Cooper reigned supreme at The Harbor School. Constance Billard School in NY is ruled with an iron fist by Blair Waldorf. And Mount Olivet Grammar School in Ireland’s Belfast has its own Queenly sovereign in Meredith Harper.

Sixteen-year-old Meredith is popular and beautiful, her father is one of the richest men in Ireland and she is the sole heir to his fortune. Mount Olivet is her court, and Meredith enjoys supremacy along with her minions; Cameron Matthews, Kerry Davison Imogen Dawson a
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Elena
Oct 09, 2011 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Neither half knew that the other half knew anything about it and so there was no possibility to talk about it openly, even if they had been capable of frank, honest, emotional discussions — which they weren't." ~from Popular by Gareth Russell

Released in July 2011, Popular by Northern Irish writer Gareth Russell, is a scathingly witty and humorous romp dealing with privileged teenagers in Belfast. Now I must admit that before meeting Gareth and reading his novel I had a quite different picture
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Manja
Mar 30, 2014 Manja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurzbeschreibung:
Meredith, Imogen, Kerry und Cameron sind Biester – aber ausgesprochen beliebte Biester. Schön, reich und unglaublich modebewusst sind sie die Stars der Schule und niemand kann Ihnen etwas anhaben.
Oder etwa doch?
Zunächst scheint es so, als ob die Clique ein normales Schuljahr erwartet, aber dann ist Imogen am Ende unfreiwillig solo, Meredith hat mindestens eine Niederlage kassiert, Kerry wiedermal nichts geschafft und Cameron muss sowieso von vorn anfangen. Irgendwie ging alles
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Manu/flatter
Mar 11, 2014 Manu/flatter rated it liked it
Über den Autor:

Gareth Russell ist selbst unfassbar hinreißend und so etwas wie ein Society-Star. Er ist 23 Jahre alt, in Belfast aufgewachsen und hat vor kurzem sein Studium an der Universität Oxford beendet. Nahezu alles in seinem Buch basiert auf wahren Begebenheiten, die sich während seiner Schulzeit ereignet haben – je verrückter etwas erscheint, desto größer ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass es tatsächlich so abgelaufen ist.


Zum Inhalt:

Meredith, Imogen, Kerry und Cameron sind echte Biester. I
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Hannah (Broc's Bookcase)
If I was asked to describe this book in as few world as possible I think I would go with "Mean Girls / Gossip Girl / The O.C. Mash Up".

This book had me hooked from the start as Belfast became the 'Orange County' of N.Ireland. Its all about glamour, and status and popularity. Not really the first thing that I would think of N.Ireland being like, for me its all beautiful scenery. But it was very refreshing to get away from the American clique type books and have one set in Belfast instead.

So, the
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Kirsty Vizard
My 4 star rating for Gareth Russell's 'Popular' is really a 4.5 stars, and SO close to being a 5! The reason I didn't give it the full works was Meredith! To be stereotypical I am surprised at how well she is represented by a male author. Her portrayal is so bold and honest, and I have not come across someone who is such an obvious bitch in recent books I have read, without any redeeming qualities.
Although Meredith would like to be considered the Queen in 'Popular' she is just one of a chorus of
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Lauren - SERIESous Book Reviews
Aug 24, 2012 Lauren - SERIESous Book Reviews rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young teens (12-15)
Shelves: unfinished
It is important to note, that I never finished this book. I think I got to Chapter 4 or so.

Now, the reason I didn't finish this book is because I feel its target audience is for younger teens, not older ones like myself. Therefore, I found it some of the plot a little petty and it just didn't capture my attention. It has nothing to do with the writing style being awful (because it wasn't) it was just because I am not the audience it is written for.

The whole premise itself is like what would happ
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Sally
OMG this book is actually hilarious. When I started reading it, I was messaging with one of my besties at the time and in two hours I think I managed to get through only about 30 pages, half because we were talking already so that slowed me down, and half because I kept having to type up great huge chunks of dialogue! It's seriously laugh-out-loud funny, SO over the top and just brilliant. I'm so in love with the idea of Fabulousness Induced Breakdowns, where you're just so overwhelmed by how ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Jun 30, 2014 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, eng_2014
[That would be a 4.5*!]

That was super fun!!

My copy is signed by the talented and super kind Gareth Russell.. Thank you Gareth!! (Oh my Gosh, the paperback is so soft I could pet it all day! Even if.. The girl on the cover is a little bit creepy O.O)

One of my biggest weaknesses is Chuck Bass Gossip Girl.. I really fell hard for it, so when I found out that this book was the bookish version of the show, I really couldn't do nothing but read it :D
What to say? I reeeeeally enjoyed it! It was so much
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Mel
Apr 03, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a daily reader of the author's blog, I mostly read this because I wanted to support him and his work. I honestly didn't expect to enjoy this very much because from the synopsis I was afraid I wouldn't be able to relate to the characters since I like to think of myself as not being nearly as shallow as them. Boy was I wrong! I *loved* this book and had a hard time putting it down to do things like eat and go to work!

This book is a great (and FUN) read for anyone who likes clothes, pop culture
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Valerie Christie
Jan 15, 2013 Valerie Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book - living in Belfast it was lovely to read about places that I knew and had been to, there is a real sense of place in the book which is great. The characters were appealing and even though their lives are really privileged they have to deal with real issues - particularly the sexuality of two of the characters which I felt was dealt with in a really positive way throughout the book. Popular is a good read - I would describe it like a Belfast version of 'Gossip Girl' ...more
Claire Hennessy
Jan 23, 2012 Claire Hennessy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Ryan Murphy and Cecily von Ziegesar had a baby, then immersed it thoroughly in the nuances of Belfast life, this would be what you’d get. The novel focuses on the popular crowd and the borderline-sociopathic behaviour used to manipulate situations and to, well, be fabulous. The proportion of zappy, often bitchy one-liners per page is impressive and it also wins bonus points for featuring LGBT characters and acknowledging bisexuality exists. Ooh, and for sneaky historical references (Meredith ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Alix
Cover Story: Kindle It
BFF Charm: Nay, Eventually, and BURN IN HELL
Swoonworthy Scale: 0
Talky Talk: Gossip Girl
Bonus Factors: Diversity
Relationship Status: Frenemies

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Alix West
Jul 06, 2013 Alix West rated it it was ok
No.
Pragnya Belikov
Mar 10, 2014 Pragnya Belikov rated it really liked it
really, REALLY great book. I enjoyed every minute of it.... though maybe it's probably because i live for rich girl novels. Oh well. I would recommend it, anyway.
Grania
Feb 21, 2012 Grania rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ambivalent
I did enjoy reading about glamorous teens in the unusual Belfast setting, but I didn't think the author had enough distance from the unpleasant judge-y teens.
Rachael
Jun 19, 2015 Rachael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book unsuitable for teens, & no teen under my guidance will be reading it. The language & thwere i nappropriate &
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Sonia
Oct 09, 2011 Sonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate it a 3 because it had some swearing and yeah...... Overall I liked it!
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Claudia Choi
Claudia Choi rated it it was ok
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