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Deep Down Popular

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  2,299 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
6th-grader Jessie Lou is deeply, madly, passionately in love with Conrad Parker Smith. Too bad she's a tomboy with only one on-again, off-again friend, and hair so short you can't spit on it. Too bad he's the most popular boy in their small-town school.

But then Conrad hurts his leg and suddenly can't keep up with his old pursuits anymore. Jessie Lou and Conrad start spendi
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Mar 26, 2008 Jean rated it really liked it
This novel was not appreciated by some of my acquaintances. These respected critics had valid points--there are inconsistencies, the whole popularity thing is an old theme, the text has an odd fast pace which is hard to get comfortable with. But I loved the protagonist. I could relate to her aversion to frills and hyperfemininity--and to her super short, ragged home haircuts, and her unfettered love of nature.
The boy she loves is popular, so she thinks she can never win him. But I love that she
Anna Park
Mar 10, 2017 Anna Park rated it it was ok
I just grabbed this random book off the shelf in the library. It was better than I expected, but I wouldn't put it in my top 20 favorite books.
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Eliora Vespera
Jul 15, 2010 Eliora Vespera rated it really liked it

"Conrad is the only boy on the face of the earth who can wear a pink T-shirt and carry it off. Doesn't bother him in the least. Doesn't even faze him. You know what that is? That's deep down popular."

Jessie Lou is a 6th graders and she always has a special interest for Conrad Parker Smith.

Conrad is popular, Conrad is smart and is very likable by everyone.

Then something went wrong with Conrad's leg and he was out from school for a long time.

The popular kids stoppe
Nov 03, 2011 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I think that his book was really good it was about a girl named Jessie Lou Ferguson.
She was always happy because she likes Conrad but,if she told him that she didn't want to ruin their friendship because she likes him a lot but he doesn't know.I would recommend this book is to girls only because i think it's a more girly book it takes place mostly in the school.My favorite part in the book is when she gets assigned to help Jessie who was in pain with his lag.The part that I loved the most was w
Aug 25, 2008 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone. i hope to read it with my high school book club
Recommended to Debbie by: northshore book store in manchester, an awesome spot
i had a really neat experience on vacation. there is a great book store in manchester vermont. emily and i went there as soon as we arrived in stratton and there was a booksigning scheduled by phoebe stone for her new book about a sixth grader with a crush. well this is our kind of project so we bought the book and took turns reading it. i figured that it was a local author that they were pushing and didnt expect much. well here was a time where assuming made an ass out of me. this was a great b ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Rachael rated it liked it
Recommends it for: upper-grade elementary
Shelves: middle-grade
I think I'd actually give it 3 and 1/2 stars.

I've read that others didn't like the writing style that much or thought the theme of fitting in has been overdone. I disagree on both counts. I like the way Jessie Lou tells her story, and I think the way her friend Conrad's popularity is portrayed is more interesting than in many other novels. I also really liked Jessie Lou, Conrad, Quentin, and especially Jessie Lou's grandfather. They were fun characters.

Here's what bugged me, though. Some things
Oct 08, 2008 GirlwiththeBraids rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girls of all ages
Recommended to GirlwiththeBraids by: my sibling
Deep Down Popular
By Phoebe Stone

Conrad Parker Smith was the all star of not only his sixth grade class, but his whole small Southern town (even the older kids looked up to him). Then one day, he came to school with a leg brace. His popularity started to fade. Jessie Lou, a straight A student and looked down upon by her mother and older sister, is assigned to help Conrad home every day from school. They soon become friends. Jessie realizes that Conrad is not only popular, but deep down popular.

Feb 20, 2011 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
All 280 pages of the realistic fiction novel "Deep Down Popular" by Phoebe Stone is sure to keep you entertained! Tomboy Jessie Lou, a sixth grader at Cabanish County Elementary has had a crush on Conrad since early elementary days. The only problem is that Conrad, being the most popular boy in school doesn't pay her much mind. Then, things change when Conrad gets a leg brace, loses many of his popular friends, and is stuck with Jessie Lou to help him with his leg. As Conrad's popularity dives ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
It's completely true how friends can turn on you in a blink of an eye, but some things always stay the same, like deep down friends. I'm so glad that Jessie Lou found some friends that aren't see-you-later-when-I-feel-like-it friends. Conrad, Quentin, and Jessie Lou are deep down friends like I said before, and that's better than anything in the whole entire world.
♠ Tabi ♠
Dec 10, 2013 ♠ Tabi ♠ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
I loved this book! It was full of Southern charm, wit, and quirkiness - which instantly got me right in because those are my roots as well. Plus, it wasn't too hard liking a tomboy who read books a lot, because again, that was me right when I was younger. Although I never buzzed my hair short - and I was the oldest, but never mind. This isn't about me, it's about this book. So about the book.

This is the fourth book of this author's that I have read, and I'm hooked. I love her writing, the storie
Kiran Galsinh
Feb 07, 2017 Kiran Galsinh rated it it was amazing
Jessie Lou might not seem like the girl who fantasizes over someone, but she is. Ever since 4th grade Jessie Lou has been deeply in love with Conrad Parker Smith. There are many reasons why it just won't work out. Jessie Lou is a tomboy with very short hair and only one maybe friend. The biggest reason of them all is because Conrad is the most popular boy in their school and town. She knows she doesn't have a chance at someone like Conrad. That is until, Conrad hurts his leg to were he can't wal ...more
Dec 22, 2008 K rated it it was amazing
this book was absolutely touching. it wasnt one of those books with the big words and fancy pepul. it was one of the few books in the world that really reached out and related to us teens. i can't relate to jessie lou being a 7th grader and i hate short hair. jessie lou falls in love with the one and only conrad parker smith, conrad also likes jessie freakin duhhhh hahahaa cuz her like...took her to the dance....hahha. anyway....this guy who only hung out with conrad bcu ...more
Lisa Nagel
Aug 12, 2010 Lisa Nagel rated it it was amazing
Grades 5-8. Jessie Lou has a "crush" on one of the most popular boys in her school, but why would he ever like her? Jessie Lou has just cut her hair herself and it looks like a mop. She is not like her beauty contestant sister. She is just a bit awkward, she hardly has any friends, and she is a bit different, but when her teacher asks her to help Conrad home..Jessie can't believe her luck! She feels guilty that she is actually happy when Conrad has to wear a leg brace, and needs her help home, b ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Scarlet rated it it was ok

When I read this book, I expected it to be completely different. Maybe that was why I wasn't a huge fan of this book. There just wasn't enough character development. I just didn't have a connection to any of the characters, even Jessie
Lou, who I was totally expecting to connect with. I also couldn't quite understand why she liked Conrad. His character was boring and lacked a personality. I also didn't really get the point of Quentin in this story. Also, I didn't understand why she was so obses
Saige Brooks
Dec 14, 2012 Saige Brooks rated it really liked it
This book is going to keep you wondering what is going to happen next. There is a tom-boy named Jessie-Luo, she is in the sixth grade and she has an enormous crush on the most popular kid in school. His name is conrad Parker Smith. Jessie-Luo has had an enormous on Conrad since they where n fourth grade. She had not very many friends and the ones she did have where whenever I feel like it friends. But when Conrad has to wear a boot due to an injury Jessie-Luo is assigned by the teacher to carry ...more
Dec 30, 2011 dearlittledeer rated it it was ok
I wanna give this like two and a half stars. Somewhere between "It was okay" and "I liked it..." Cause it was a good book and all, but eh. Not so much for me. It's not that I hate the country bumpkin characters, cause I've enjoyed my fair share. But I think the combination of this rural town (with like a one-room schoolhouse? That totally confused me, by the way) and the very young protagonist, plus her obsession with popularity, kind of turned me off. (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Elly rated it really liked it
This book is about a Jessie Lou and young girl or you could say a tomboy. With Hair so short you can't even spit in it and with only 1 on and off friend. Although, she has been in love with Conrad Parker Smith, the most popular boy in school. But what happens when Conrad gets a leg brace and is pushed all the way to the bottom of the social triangle? When Jessie and him start to talk a lot and are good friends will he forget about her when he gets his leg brace off?
I gave this book 4 stars beca
Jan 05, 2010 $hanel rated it it was amazing
Deep Down Popular is about Jessie Lou who has a major crush on Conrad Parker Smith, the most popular boy in all of sixth grade. Only Jessie Lou is the kind of girl who sits alone in the cafeteria and thats not the kind of girlfriend Conrad wants. When Jessie Lou is assighned to help Conrad carry his books after school because of his broken leg. This brings Jessie Lou and Conrad closer and may develop a relationship between the two. Except for the fact that 4th grader Quinten follows Conrad home ...more
Jan 14, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing
This book is a really good book, i think anyway.This is a book about a 6th grade soccer player named Conrad Parker Smith. He has been popular since the fourth grade. A girl named Jessie Lou Ferguson as liked him ever since they first layed eyes on eachother wihich was in 1st grade. Jessie isn't the most noticeable girl in school if you catch my drift.
At a soccer game Conrad hurts his leg and Jessie has been assigned to help him home after school. All of conrads freinds bale on him cause hes not
Raena Matz
May 08, 2013 Raena Matz rated it it was amazing
I read this book in sixth grade as a book report, it took me two days to read it, which is impressive back then. This book is real to me, now some parts are extreme, but when I get from it is that a girl had insecurities and is always feeling compared to her sister. So she does some extreme things because of her insecurities. These are real feelings that people feel, I believe that Jessie-Lou, the main character, is one of those "perfect person" kind of people. I fell in love with her and Conrad ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Well, where do i start?? I think this book is soooo cute! how she helps him with his books since he can't walk good anymore. classic romance of teenager books and very inspiring. i would say that because all the other poeple dont like him but her.people dont like him anymore because of his legs but she love the boy!! thats why she helps him. As they say it's the inside that counts! <3

Nov 06, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
I love this book! It's a nice story about a shy girl who likes a popular guy and finally gets the chance to talk to him. I would recommend this book to people who like reading a sweet book about the roller-coaster ride of trying to get the guy.
Jun 02, 2016 Charissa rated it it was amazing
Some times I wish I could erase my memory just so I could read the book again. Who's with me? This is how I feel about this book. I can really relate to this book, but not really in the end. I really hope there's a part two!
Jolene Perry
Mar 03, 2015 Jolene Perry rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg
This girl felt just like me at that age.
There was one thing left hanging that bothered me, but the book was great.
Mar 22, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing
It really showed alot about friendship, I thought Conrad was gonna completely forget about her again. I was very surprised when he didn't. That's not reality.
Nov 22, 2010 Aine rated it it was amazing
It is pretty good so far.
Kindall Patton
Feb 26, 2009 Kindall Patton rated it it was amazing
i love this book it is so awesome..♥
Morgan G
Dec 04, 2011 Morgan G added it
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Sep 29, 2016 Lyilah rated it really liked it
The book " Deep down popular" by Phoebe Stone tells the story of a tom girl who likes this boy who is popular and the girl and boy end up being friends because the boy becomes "Unpopular" and strong feelings grow over time . I thought the characters in the novel were shy and not really knowing what to do because she liked him and he didn't really like her. I could definitely relate to the girl because the girl is shy but she speaks her mind and is a bit of a show off and doesn't know how to deal ...more
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Before concentrating on creating books for children and young adults, Phoebe Stone had a very successful career established as a fine art's painter. During that time, she received two Vermont Council on the Arts Fellowships in painting and exhibited her work in many museums and galleries all around New England and New York City, and influenced many New England artists with her unique, brightly col ...more
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