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How to Be Popular

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,710 Ratings  ·  867 Reviews
Do you want to be popular? Everyone wants to be popular or at least, Stephanie Landry does. Steph's been the least popular girl in her class since a certain cherry Super Big Gulp catastrophe five years earlier. Does being popular matter? It matters very much to Steph. That's why this year, she has a plan to get in with the It Crowd in no time flat. She's got a secret weapo ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 31st 2006 by HarperTempest (first published January 1st 2006)
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Kylie George I read this book a couple years ago and remember liking it. It's a fun and quick read for middle schoolers and high schoolers. It has a good overall…moreI read this book a couple years ago and remember liking it. It's a fun and quick read for middle schoolers and high schoolers. It has a good overall message. (less)
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Apr 25, 2016 Laurence rated it liked it
I swear I'll only give 3-star ratings (or lower) if I keep reading contemporary novels... WHY AM I DOING THIS TO MYSELF?
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If you've ever heard the phrase "Way to pull a Steph Landry!," you wouldn't be alone. Pretty much everyone who attends Bloomville High in the heart of Greene County, Indiana, knows who Steph Landry is. Or, they at least know better than to ever, ever, ever do something that would have someone uttering the aforementioned phrase. Even kids under the age of five know what it means to "pull a Steph Landry." In that they know it means instant social doom.

So what di
Oct 15, 2007 JJ rated it liked it
Shelves: yafiction
Main character Steph has to live down her social suicide of 5 years before- when she spilled red soda all over the most popular girl in school. Finding a book about popularity from the 1950s (it seems) she decides to follow the advice so she won't be such a "Steph" anymore.

Filled with bitchy popular girls and their cliques, the hot quarterback and the rest of the usual cast of high school, How to be Popular is a cute teen lit book. We can see the ending coming in the first chapter, but the story
Bethany Huang
May 14, 2011 Bethany Huang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!!! I just really have to say that this book is completely amazing. Meg Cabot sums up every girl's (or, boys?) dreams of being popular-and the real reality. It is pretty hard to make normal school life sound interesting unless you're writing something paranormal, like angels, vampires or the like (trust me, I've seen almost all of the variations you can possibly get.).

"Crazytop" (courtesy of Jason, here) aka Steph Landry is known for the saying, "way to pull a Steph Landry,". Tha
May 02, 2013 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2013
I think this is a great book for every person to read, no matter what your age. The story is focused on Stephanie Landry wanting to be part of the popular crowd mainly because she’s in love with quarterback Mark Finley, the most popular student at Steph’s school. It doesn’t take long for Steph, an ordinary girl, to take matters into her hands and with the help of a book on how to be popular which she got in a box of old books from her best friend Jason’s grandmother, and some money she borrowed ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I actually read this a few months ago and promptly forgot everything about it. How To Be Popular is a standard, disposable piece of YA fluff. It’s simple, it’s quick, and overall, it’s enjoyable if you have no expectations of reading something fantastic (or even memorable, in this case).

How To Be Popular is about Steph Landry, an average, yet lovable highschooler in a small town. Although she is far from friendless, she is not at all popular, mostly due to an embarrassing junior high school inci
Jan 30, 2016 Muse-ic rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fluff, romance
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Howdy YAL
Aug 24, 2014 Howdy YAL rated it it was ok
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Meg Cabot was like one of my role models growing up. Which is a pretty difficult tasks to do considering the other woman on that list (note to self: one day publish said list on my blog). However, as extraordinary as some of her books are, there are some that aren’t so good.

And now that I’m older and more cynical (thanks to reading five thousand YA books-well, probably less than that but it feels like that much) and the market has grown,well, this book really sucks.
May 01, 2015 Bri rated it it was amazing
ah, nostalgia.
completamente hollywoodiano, tipo filme americano sobre adolescente que faz makeover, mas fofinho assim mesmo.
Biena (The Library Mistress)
I still liked it. Maybe even more than I first read it.
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3.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). How to Be Popular was the first book by Meg Cabot that I ever read. I thought it was very cute and fast paced. The characters!; Oh how I loved them! Meg Cabot adds such quirky and lovable traits to all of her characters (Steph, Jason, and the Grandpa especially), and I definitely became emotionally attached to a majority of them. I al
Giana Williams
Mar 28, 2014 Giana Williams rated it it was amazing
Meg Cabot’s How To Be Popular was a butt kicking great. She gives a theme to every book she writes. This is why I love Cabot’s writing style. I can also relate to the characters in the story somewhat. Thats why this book was great

This book has shown me a great theme. Popularity is a piece of crap. Well, really popularity is the easiest thing to gain but hardest to hold. What they saying is that popularity has it”s snares and no benefit for them. So this book showed me that people will accept y
Well it would be one less star if it wasn't for Jason. A guy like him deserves 1 whole star.

How To be Popular is about a girl named Steph. She's a social reject. She has been since she spilt red Super Big Gulp over Lauren whose the MOST popular girl in school. And Lauren has never forgotten about that incident EVER! But this year Steph is making sure she joins the A-Crowd. She has a plan and her secret weapon is a book called How TO be Popular. She uses this book is help her become popular (I ha
May 27, 2016 Lanie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of chick lit & the movie "mean girls"
2.5 stars, but rounding up since I really liked Jason & becca. & fond childhood memories. My preteen self really enjoyed this book way back when, so I'm sure other Tweens would probably enjoy it.

Plus, the whole thing reminds me of "mean girls" one of the few comedy movies I actually like.

There is one major flaw with the book though. & that is... Stephanie Landry, our protagonist. She is a judgmental bitch. Maybe not quite as bad as Zoey Redbirds, but still plenty enough of an ass t
No hay mucho que decir del libro, la historia es súper predecible y los personajes no podrían ser mas planos. La actitud de los protagonistas a veces me resultó incluso más estúpida de lo que podría uno dejar pasar justificando la adolescencia y las hormonas (aunque de por sí me parece una mala excusa siempre).

Pero, PEEERO, era justo lo que tenía ganas de leer, una historia divertida, con personajes en general agradables y sin NADA de drama en ninguna parte. La verdad es un libro entretenido pa
May 13, 2009 Asenath rated it liked it
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Jan 25, 2016 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I read this for nostalgic reasons, because I remembered loving this book when I read it years ago, and while my view on many aspects changed because honestly, it's ridiculous sometimes, I still really enjoyed it! So yay, four stars!
Oct 02, 2014 Dannum rated it it was amazing
Buku panduan untuk menjadi populer. Cukup berhasil meskipun saya tidak melakukannya pada banyak orang. Tapi tidak hanya cara-caranya, buku ini juga mengajarkan kita untuk tetap setia pada teman yang sudah menemani kita sejak dulu. Untuk lebih memperhatikan sekeliling (orang-orang selalu ada untuk kita). Dan bahwa popularitas sebenarnya tidak penting kalau kita sudah memiliki orang-orang yang peduli pada kita.

Berikut ini sedikit sinopsis dari How to be Popular:
Steph Laundry adalah anak pertama da
Amena Khan
Dec 05, 2011 Amena Khan rated it really liked it
This was a nice, fluffy book that actually didn't have me wanting to throw it out the window. Which, for me, is impressive. :) All in all, a nice read with a happy ending, just what I needed. To anyone who plans on reading this, try to read it when you're down, because the end will just have you smiling, and the rest of the book will have you laughing along the way. :)
Hannah V.
Feb 10, 2015 Hannah V. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girls-its a romance, and popular people book
Recommended to Hannah V. by: Kaylin Kent-Thomas
She is not popular, but she wants to be. She keeps finding out things that she should have or do, and things she shouldn't have or do. The most popular girl in school and the most popular guy in school are dating. When she realizes that her grandpa is opening a huge place for teenagers to hang-out, she hangs out in there before it is done. She got asked by the most popular people in school if they could use the place for a party. She doesn't want to break something important to her grandpa, but ...more
May 18, 2014 Delaney rated it it was amazing
How to be popular by Meg Cabot is about girl named Steph Landry who just wants to be popular. In 6th grade, she spilled a big red super gulp on Lauren Moffat`s white D&G skirt. Lauren started the "Don't be such a Steph Landry" to ensure that she never lived it down. Steph hangs out with her best friend Jason, but now she wants more out of high school. She found an old copy of "How to be popular" in Jason`s grandma`s attic before she entered junior year. The book offers useful tips, and Steph ...more
May 26, 2012 Sabrina rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People with low/no expectations. Little girls.

This is how I felt during the majority of the book. It was just so bland and monotone that I did not laugh a single time during the whole time I read the book.

Not a single time.

This is important mainly because being a huge fan of Meg Cabot, I expected way more from her. But I honestly think this is one of her weaker books (but not as weak as Abandon, that was just horrid).

I really hated that main character, Steph. She was annoying and whiny and overall, a real self-centered brat. For whatever r
Jun 25, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit, ya
During one of my "breaks" in Sydney, I found a nice library down by Circ. Quay and I sat and read this book from Calbot over a few days. It was your same, regular, what you would expect book from the same author of the Princess Diaries. The girl was super selfish and only could think of me-me-me but of course everything works out in the end. The Girl finds a book from her friends grandmother on how to be popular and for some reason, she wants to be, so when the new school year starts, she follow ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Pat rated it liked it
I give this a 3 out of 5 stars

Do you want to be popular? But you don't know how to. Then, try reading this book.

Once there was a girl who wish to be popular, Steph Landry is her name. Steph, is not your average kind of girl. She's pretty, not! And she is cool, so not! But she's popular in some ways. Not popular because she's pretty, wears branded clothes or smart. Rather, she is popular because of the saying, "Way to pull a Steph Landry". Then one day, while cleaning the attic of her best frien
Move' Amphan
Apr 22, 2012 Move' Amphan rated it really liked it
How to Be Popular is a book for someone who wants to read about life in high school. Readers can get the feel of being teased in elementary to high school and being picked on by the popular kids.

Meet Steph Landry, she's your normal high school student. She gets picked on by the popular kids because of a "huge" accident involving a Super Big Red Gulp drink. The girl she spilled the drink on will not forget this incident and plans to ruin her social status by making a huge joke out of her name. O
Feb 04, 2010 Jamaica rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
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Popular: adj. Widely liked or appreciated; liked by many acquantances; sought after for company.

We all want it. Why? Because being pouplar means being liked. Everyone wants to be liked.
Sadly, however, not all of us are.

So what do pouplar people have in common that makes them all so popular?

They all have:
*A friendly way about them.
*An eagerness to pitch in and help get the job done.
*An interest in everythign that goes on at work or school.
*A look that's fresh and neat.

These aren
Noemi C.
Oct 25, 2012 Noemi C. rated it it was amazing
Book Review: How to be popular
About 2 months ago I finished the book How to be popular by Meg Cabot. Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors, and has many books for young adults. Her books are mostly about a girls faced with problems or find out something and have to cope with it. She writes books from the point of view of girls that are already in their teens / high schoolers

The main character Stephanie / Steph Laundry had an incident with one of the popular girls Lauren Moffatt in the sixth gr
Jan 21, 2009 Runa rated it really liked it
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Jun 11, 2010 Namratha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
‘Way to pull a Steph Landry’

…and that cruel taunt has been burning Steph Landry’s ears since the time that she was a clumsy twelve-year old who accidentally upended a Red Super Big-Gulp on Lauren Moffat’s white denim D & G skirt. And although Steph bought Lauren a brand new skirt…prima-donna hag-extraordinaire Lauren has never let Steph or the rest of Bloomville High School ever let the unfortunate memory fade. Ergo, whenever anyone commits a faux-pas or does something remotely dorky, it’s
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“Clearly," Jason said, "you are not doing nothing. You are most definitely doing something. What it looks like you're doing is pouring packets of sugar on Lauren Moffat's head."

Shhh," I said. "It's snowing. But only on Lauren." I shook more sugar out of the packets. "'Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter,'" I called softly down to Lauren in my best Jimmy Stewart imitation. "'Merry Christmas, you old building and Loan.'"

Jason started cracking up, and I had to hush him as Becca saw my sugar supply running low and hastened to hand me more packets.

Stop laughing so loud," I said to Jason. "You'll spoil this beautiful moment for them." I sprinkled more sugar over the side of the balcony. "'Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
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