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 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
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
However, it's not as predictable as it sounds. For one thing, the author doesn't use the tired trope of depicting a popular crowd made up of two-dimensio...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
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.
Well Cara has that chance. She is starting a new school her junior year. So she and her best friend make a plan to get Cara at the top of that ladder as a Populazzi, the most beloved in the school. But you can’t just start there. You have to start at th...more
Cara has always been on the bottom of that social ladder, but she has always wanted to be THAT girl - the Supreme Poppulazi that calls the shots and is the most popular. When she moves to a new school her Junior year, she realizes this is her chance to change her social standing in school. When her best friend Claudia gives her the plan to make it happen, Cara is unsure but decides to embrace it.
As Cara works the Ladder,...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
The Author: Elise Allen
The Publisher: Harcourt Books (an Imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Cara Leonard has lived her entire school life at the bottom of the social pyramid. Ever since The Incident that happened the first day of kindergarten, her only friend has been her partner in crime, Claudia. But, when her family moves to a new town about an hour away, Cara has the chance to re-invent herself, and Claudia is all too happy to help wit...more
I love love love this book! I sat down to read it and didn't stop for three and half hours straight, and was surprised to look up and find so much time had passed. The story is so gripping and compelling that I was totally swept along with it and I was completely immersed in Cara's world.
Cara is such a likable character. She's flawed - tremendously - and at times I wanted to slap her and scream at her to wake up and see what's going on, but at all times I...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
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
Populazzi is a finely-crafted odyssey through the minefield of adolescent society. It begins with its protagonist, Cara Leonard--innocent and unsure of herself, but tired of being invisible--starting fresh in her junior year of high school in a new town. With constant exhortation from lifelong friend Claudia on surefire methods of climbing the social ladder, Cara sets out on an experiment to reinvent herself, rung by rung. She is at fi...more
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
I thought I was going to find Cara annoying, as I often find these girly characters that have these self-serving notions to climb higher in the social ladder. And even though Cara made her fair share of mistakes, I found myself only getting mad at her a few times. And I didn't find her annoying at all and found I actually liked her very much.
I really liked the beginning and the end. I...more
Sure, Populazzi is a bit shallow at first glance. Cara's goal for the school year at her new school is to climb the social ladder - by dating guys from each rung. Pretty shallow, right? But despite that, there's something so utterly relatable about it, not to mention the lessons Cara lear...more
This book follows former outcast Cara as she tries to reinvent herself at a new school. Using a plan her best friend devised, she attempts to climb "the ladder" and reign as the most popular girl in school. Naturally, her plan backfires constantly.
This book was a lot of fun, and not nearly as predictable as I was expecting. I really wish there was a seq...more
Welcome to the world of Cara. Cara had the same desire, to be the Supreme Populazzi, or the "it girl" that people admire. She was at the bottom of the social ladder. And when her parents decided to move, this is Cara's chance to reinvent herself and try to be a populazzi which she never been in her previous schoo...more
Allen does a great job at making her characters realistic. They whole time you knew exactly who these characters were and what they were feeling. You could relate to every one of them and probably even name them as people yo...more
Cara, our protagonist, makes a lot of stupid, selfish, and bad choices, but she's still very likeable throughout. And, of course, she makes the right choices in the end. The other characters were equally interesting and vivid.
A lot seems to happen in this book, but it never seems too rushed. It was an enjoyable to go through all of Cara's different tribulations. Romance plays a big part in this story,...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.