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 Ca...more
When Cara moves to a new school, she and her friend Claudia plan to chance the invisibility for Cara and make her popular. This is their chance to start new, to finally be someone!
First, find a boyfriend who is down but not at the bottom of the High School hierar...more
When I started reading I was immediately reminded of the movie
Mean Girls and now, after having finished the book, I have to say that this comparison is pretty accurate.
When 16-year-old Cara moves with her family to a new town and therefore has to attend a new High School her best friend Claudia sees this as THE chance for Cara...more
Populazzi is a amusing and entertaining read about Cara Leonard, who ever since has the "incident"...more
When Cara moves to a new school, she jumps (ok maybe, she gets a little push from her BFF) at the chance to start over. To get a fresh sta...more
So...I'm going to be "dating" myself here, but my one of my very favorite movies ever is Can't Buy...more
Sixteen-year-old Cara Leonard and her best friend, Claudia, have always longed to be part of the most popular clique in high school, the Populazzi, the polished, charismatic, gorgeous teenagers at the top of what Claudia calls the “Popularity Tower.” But the Populazzi are as out of reach to Cara and Claudia as the stars since they became consigned to the lower reaches of the Tower forever from the day that Cara involuntarily wet her pants in kindergart...more
This book is heinously long. Do we really need four hundred pages of this tripe? Don’t think so. Yeah, anyway, on to the review. Every stereotype, cliché, and overblown tropes about high school and their respective cliques and the hierarchy distinction betw...more
Elise Allen is the often-overlooked writer that helped Hilary Duff with Elixir, and she's also the author of several children's books. I was really surprised at how much I loved her first solo YA project. Fro...more
It's easy to get caught up in this story. I know, personally, that I remember all to well craving that feeling of acceptance from my peers and classmates. I didn't necessarily want to be the Supreme Populazzi, although I'd be lying if I didn't day-dream about being the most popular girl in school, bu...more
The story of Populazzi may seem like chick-lit, and it kind of is. I mean, it is about the new girl in school doing whatever it takes...more
Harcourt Children's Books, 2011
Source: Received a free e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'll admit that I didn't have the highest hopes for this book given that I had zero interest in being popular in high school (do popular kids get to sit and read at lunch? No; they have to socialize. Do popular kids get to stay at home and laugh hysterically with their family and read on the weekends? No; they have to go shopping at...more
I'm really on the fence about how I feel in regard to Populazzi. It's not a bad book, but it's not one I can say I thoroughly enjoyed either. High School can be an extremely tough place, and I think Elise did a good job capturing that in her book. You will run into some really tough issues in this book, such as eating disorders for example. I really disliked that part of the book, I don't mind it in books and I do think it is something that should be talked about but I just didn't care for how t...more
Cara Leonard has always wanted to be one of the in crowd. One of the Populazzi. But when people remember you wetting your pants on the first day of kindergarten, it's hard to reinvent yourself. At least until you move across the city of Philadelphia. With a clean slate, and help from her oldest friend Claudia, Cara sets out to climb to the top...more
The plan involves starting near the bottom of the social ladder and dating her way up. Claudia encourages Cara to find a guy to date, meet anyone she can in his soci...more
Cara is the typical new girl in a new school who can basically re-invent herself and work her way up to Populazzi glory. She's not so gun...more
I really liked how Cara was in the first couple of chapters, but she changed to much and to many times for my liking. My fave character was definitely Archer, who's the sweet, funny and down to earth guy we all love to love.
* 'Populazzi' is not going to happen. Stop trying to make it happen! (The word, presumably a mash-up of "popular" and "paparazzi" is just awkward and used on nearly every single page.)
* There are several points in the book, mostly dealing...more
One of the best thing about Populazzi is that the main character, Cara, far from being perfect, was shown for who she really was, with all her flaws as well as her qualities, and not as a poor victim of the high-school popularity tower.
Cara's story was very fun to follow, and the more serious parts were as enjoyable...more
The reason I don't think this book reached it's full potential is mostly because of the main character- Cara. I felt that she was a very weak character and she...more
Full review to come on AnnaReads.com.
I really liked Cara at the beginning of the novel. When she met Archer I started to hope that she would leave the whole ladder thing and just spend time with him. But since there were like 250 pages left of the...more
First, the characters were fabulous. Sure there were times when I thought Cara and her best friend, Claudia, were pretty shallow but I still enjoyed reading about them. They had a great friendship and it was good to see a relat...more
What most of us wouldn't give to have a chance to go back to High School and change some of the things we didn't like, or even to pick a new crowd to hang out with? Unfortunately for the majority, the reputation we get early on sticks... and for Cara, an unfortunate day in elementary school marks her social status for life. The good news is that she meets her best friend Claudia, and the two become inseparable. That is,...more
But since I had heard so many wonderful things about Populazzi, I thought it would be good for me to broaden my reading genres. I am so glad that I did! I could not put the book down. I went to sleep wondering what would happen to Cara and her Ladder Climb.
I know that she is in high school. I know that teen dating and youthful high s...more
She's recently co-written Elixir, Hilary Duff's first YA novel.
Her new book, Populazzi, comes out on August 2011, by Harcourt Children's Books.