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Steph Landry's been a high school pariah - and the butt of every joke imaginable - ever since she spilt her red Super Big Gulp all over It Girl Lauren Moffat's white D&G mini-skirt.

But now Steph's got a secret weapon - an ancient book, HOW TO BE POPULAR, which her soon-to-be step-grandmother once used to break in to her A-crowd. All Steph has to do is follow the instru
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Jennifer Wardrip
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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
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JJ
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
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Bethany Huang
OMG!!!! I just really have to say that this book is completely amazing. Meg Cabot sums up every girl's (or maybe...um, 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
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Laura
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
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Books
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
Howdy YAL
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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.
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Grace
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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 also really liked Steph's character developmen
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Giana Williams
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
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Nandar
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
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Asenath
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Dannum
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
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Amena Khan
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. :)
Delaney
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
Sabrina *The REAL Princess*
May 26, 2012 Sabrina *The REAL Princess* rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rebecca
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
Pat
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
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Move' Amphan
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
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Jamaica
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Popular: adj. Widely liked or appreciated; liked by many acquantances; sought after for company.

Popularity.
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
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Noemi C.
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
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Runa
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Namratha
‘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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Mary Grace Nakao
At first glance, the story's plot may sound a little cliche. And being a fan of Meg Cabot I thought this will be normal, boy was I wrong. This book is actually a pretty good ( considering that I finished it for 3 hours during school night) though yes, I admit that the romance department is a little bit common. But in a good way anyway.

Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this book. Meg Cabot has a way of writing books that makes me feel that I am really reading at a teenager's point of view about li
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Ashima KY
Meg Cabot, as always, berusaha tidak mengajari dengan menghakimi. Terutama untuk orang-orang yang kebelet populer macam saya hahahahaha. Oke, itu cuma bercanda.

Well, di buku ini terlalu banyak kata 'well'. Meskipun, ya, saya tahu, ini ngga penting untuk dibahas, toh ini memang buku terjemahan. Lalu apa masalahmu, Ma? Grr...

Sepanjang cerita, saya sendiri menikmati perpindahan alurnya. Bagaimana si tokoh, yang malah lebih saya ingat dengan nama Crazyto, berusaha keras untuk menjadi populer setelah
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Rachel
My book is called How to be Popular and it is by Meg Cabot. It is realistic fiction and it is 288 pages long. The main characters are Stephanie, Becca, Jason, Mark, and Lauren. The theme is that you don't have to be popular to have people like you; a true friend would like you the way you are. The main setting is at the school because most of the things that happened were at the school, and that is where they eat lunch. Stephanie is this girl that is not popular and is reading this book to becom ...more
Cherilyn
I actually really liked this book. I thought I wasn't because of the whole "I just want to be popular" aspect but I'm glad she finally realized popularity isn't everything. I could kind of predict in the beginning that she would end up with the best friend. It would be a sucky ending if she ended up with the most popular boy. But anyways, I thought it was a cute book.

Oh and I really liked it how the grandma was like oh that book? It was a gag book. Haha obviously ;)
Missie
I have heard good things about Meg Cabot, but I have never read anything she has written, so I decided to take on How to Be Popular and see what she is all about. I listened it the audiobook. It was read by Kate Reinders and was 5 hours, 37 minutes long.

Likes:

I loved Kate’s reading style. She had the perfect voice for the book and was so fun to listen to. She really brought the book to life.

The story was fun, I think a lot of young girls could relate to wanting to be popular and fit into the mol
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Emma
If you stop reading Meg Cabot when you've read the Princess diaries books, you are truly missing out. Because all of Cabot's main characters are strong, hilarious and slightly crazy.

How to be popular is probably in my top 3 books from her.
Steph is a girl who has never been popular. But like every unpopular High school girl, that is what she wishes for. She's got her two best friends, Jason and Becca, who don't share her longing.

One day, Steph stumbles upon a book in her granpa's fiancés attic.
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Hannah
I did expect it to be predictably predictable as most chicklits are. But I still had high hopes for it considering that Meg Cabot is one of my favorite author. Unfortunately, I think this is one of her weakest work. It's a bit boring in the beginning and the funny parts aren't even that funny. I never laughed out loud reading this book as I did some of her other better works.
Hannah W
This book was very entreating it is based very much on real life and I really like it. In the boo it explains all abut her life, her friends and of course the popular girls. So when she tries to fit in her life spins around and around and I thats what I like about it. In a part of the book she starts to lose her friends and then gains them back I really like this book.
Hannah V.
Jan 27, 2015 Hannah V. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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