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3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  422 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High: Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by über-popular Hamilton Best. You know you're "in" when you make the guest list for one of Hamilton's parties. And in the thralls of senior year, everyone wants to get noticed by Hamilton.

But Hamilton's elite entourage is coming apart at the seams. Olivia fantasizes about fin
Paperback, 327 pages
Published May 8th 2011 by Llewellyn Publications (first published May 1st 2011)
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Dec 22, 2015 Danya rated it it was amazing
This review uses my "snapshot" format.

The subject: a one-of-a-kind high school me, you've never seen one quite like this before.

Shutter speed: pretty snappy, as the social scene is ripe with drama — although it does become repetitive after a little while, as Part 1 is drawn out a bit more than I thought was really necessary.

What's in the background? Alex, the apparently perfect boyfriend...but he comes more into the foreground in Part 2, and we get to see what's really going throu
Told from the five perspectives of five different girls, you would think that Popular was just another Mean Girls knock-off. But before you write it off-- there is something in this book that will completely throw you for a loop. I can't say much more without giving it away, but the Fidelity High Clique is not what it seems. While all the other girls just want to get away from Hamilton and be themselves, Hamilton is scared to death of the end of high school and what lies beyond. There is somethi ...more
Feb 05, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Holy crow, THE TWIST. I didn't expect the twist. I don't want to give anything away, so all I can say about it is GOSFQAETOGWREST???!?!!!!!!
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
May 09, 2011 Melissa (i swim for oceans) rated it really liked it
If you look up the term "queen bee" in the dictionary, it's very likely that you'll find Hamilton Best's name. She's worked her way to the top of the social ladder, and she prides herself in the fact that's she's a part, if not what defines, elite at Fidelty High. But things are changing as Hamilton's "ladies in waiting" start developing desires beyond high school, itself. Hamilton hates the fact that her group is slipping, but she's finding her own secret makes it hard for her to hold onto her ...more
J. Dominique
A great majority of this book was a confusing mess, with tense changes, six different POVs to keep up with (I could say more about that, but I won't spoil you), and a very fast pace.

We really only get to know six characters very well, with the minors being . . . well, minor. The characters we did know, though, were — (how do you explain this without revealing the plot?) — unique and likable enough.

The writing wasn't half bad, but there was a lot of repetition which became annoying. So much co
Jul 06, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Popular was a book i never imagined it to be. Where do I start off? In the beginning I thought to myself, this must be just another one of those girly books, where a certain girl try to rise in popularity by betraying another friend. It certainly wasn't.

At first I thought to myself, where in the world is this plot heading to? Was there even a plot? Until this one event, and everything made sense and was put into place... The big twist at the end would make fish fly and frogs blue!

This is truly
Feb 18, 2012 Peg rated it it was ok
Hamilton and her clique rule at Fidelity High, where students anxiously scan her party lists to learn if they are invited. It's senior year and Hamilton wants things to stay as they are forever. Not so, however for the others in the clique: Olivia, her best friend since kindergarten, goth-leaning Zelda, subdued Nordica, or social climbing Shelly, each of whom have turned on Hamilton and are trying to bring her down. Hamilton's boyfriend Alex knows a secret about Hamilton the four girls don't and ...more
Popular is at its core a book about being popular, but that's not all. Since it is crucial that you read the book without knowing the twist at the end, I can't give anything away, so I will merely explain why I gave it only one star. The writing is not that great, in my opinion. Maybe it is because I read an advance copy, so if that is the case, then anyone that read the final version can rebuke my statement. I found grammatical errors left and right and what really killed it was the going back ...more
May 09, 2014 JJ. rated it it was ok
I would normally stay far away from books that sound like typical high school drama stories (they are often egregiously exaggerated and predictable), but the reviews for this book hinted at a shocking revelation that changes the complete course of the novel. How could I resist after seeing that?

I must admit that I skimmed through the first half of the book, carefully reading just the first five or so chapters before the four different POV's got on my nerves and I felt bored. Once I got to the tw
Rebecca McNutt
I'm not sure about this one... I guess I really couldn't relate to that clique crowd idea. I've never had many friends in school and books like these only get more and more confusing as they go on, not to mention melodramatic. "oh no, So-&So just broke up with his girlfriend! IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!!!" :-O

...I think books are better when they avoid having the characters react that way over trivial matters.
Mar 01, 2016 Kimi rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.
That's all I could say throughout this entire book.

I was willing to just bypass this one. Honestly. But reading through the reviews I kept seeing stuff about a "special plot twist" that nobody expected. I was extremely skeptical. Whether or not it was a good twist or not, that wouldn't be enough to save the book if the rest of it sucked. While it was a twist I had seen before, it was in a way that startled me and shook me to my core. And it didn't jus
Jun 19, 2014 WJ rated it really liked it
I don't know what it is with me with lately because I've suddenly got a thing for psychological thrillers, ya know? Having recently read Charm & Strange and completely loving it, I thought that Popular would be a complete palate cleanser. On the surface, it does seem like the case but actually the two books have more in common than one would think. I'm surprised by how few ratings this book has because it's honestly quite an amazing read!

Fidelity High is ruled by Hamilton Best, the most popu
Jul 06, 2015 Sinbay rated it liked it
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May 23, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Honestly, saw the twist coming from miles away. But I still liked this one, and I think it did it much better than a title published earlier this year that tackles something similar (name left out to avoid spoiling).

Full review here:
Sep 26, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Oh my god.... I finished it this morning and had to reread parts immediately. I cannot wait for this week's book club meeting when we get to skype with the author!!
May 04, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
I was getting frustrated with these characters, but, then... oh, the TWIST!!!!! I can't wait to share this with our student book club!
Katie Powell
Feb 12, 2012 Katie Powell rated it liked it
I reviewed Popular on my blog - It's full of spoilers, so reader beware.
Aug 01, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Best twist I have read in awhile. I never would have predicted it.
Pamela Hubbard
Hamilton Best seems like your typical popular high school girl who rules her clique of four other girls. These girls seem to be strange picks for Hamilton to choose as her clique, and as we get to know each character, we see the fissures in their relationships. It is senior year, and none of these girls seem to be friends with each other, only Hamilton. Even those threads are stretched thin as each girl tires of Hamilton and sets out to bring her down. We also meet Alex, Hamilton's boyfriend. Th ...more
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
(There are no spoilers in this review.)

To be honest, at first I was a bit reluctant to read Popular because it's a book about five high school girls all members of a popular and exclusive clique. I like reading about characters I can relate to and I was worried I wouldn't find that in this book. I'm also not a fan of books like the Gossip Girl or Clique series and I was afraid Popular was going to be like those books. Boy, was I wrong.

Popular is a debut novel by Alissa Grosso and now that I had
Megan Bostic
Jun 06, 2011 Megan Bostic rated it it was amazing
This book is not was I expected. Not by a long shot. I was expecting maybe a "Mean Girls" type of book. While this did have similarities, up to a point, it is definitely not Mean Girls.

Meet Hamilton, Olivia, Shelly, Nordica, and Zelda. All five make up the most popular clique in school. Hamilton has at some point in their lives, taken them under her wing and groomed them for popularity. They're all very different characters with unique voices and distinct personalities. And though you have the "
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Aug 10, 2014 b00k r3vi3ws rated it liked it
At first glance and after reading the blurb, this book comes across as a typical high school drama – complete with Barbie girls, bitchy girls, drama and romance.

Hamilton Best is the Queen Bee of her school. She had personally picked each member of her clique. But with High school coming towards an end her clique seems to be falling apart. Olivia has a not so secret crush, Zelda is tired of school, Nordica is scared of being left alone when the other members of the clique graduates and is drawn t
May 31, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it
Terrific debut! Unique and fresh with a twist you won't see coming from a mile away!

Before you read any further, I assure you, there are NO spoilers. Be very careful when reading other reviews of this book, however. There is a big twist, you don't want it ruined for you...Ok, carry on.

When I first started reading about Hamilton and her clique of friends during their senior year of high school, I couldn't help but think back to great 80s movies like "Heathers" or "Pretty In Pink". The popular gir
Jun 27, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it
As I continued through, reading this book, expecting more or less a 'mean-girls' type of story, I suddenly started wondering where the book was going to go next, since at the middle-ish part of the book it seemed like it was going to end pretty soon. It began to drag out, basically telling the same things over and over, and I started to think that maybe I should put it down. I have to say, I am glad I listened to my gut instead, which told me to keep on going. I figured there had to be a pretty ...more
You may think this is one of those typical school-popular-girls books. Well, wait till you get to know the "secret".

This book is told in to parts. Wherein part one, we get to read the different perspective of the different parts of the Clique. Trust me, while reading their thoughts, you could really tell they are this five girls who just wanted to have their hands to be the most popular girl in school. Typical. It was fun actually, reading them and seeing there totally different personalities t
Apr 03, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
The only thing that kept me from giving a 5-star instead of 4-star rating was the little inkling I had from reading other reviews. So, do yourself a favor, stop reading the reviews, and just go get the book. It was a great one!

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May 12, 2011 Jordyn rated it it was amazing
Fidelity High is ruled by Hamilton Best, the golden girl who sets her own rules. She throws the parties, she writes the guest lists, and she decides who gets to hang out with her. Her friends are part of a tightly-knit clique, each girl handpicked. Unlike the rest of the school, Olivia, Zelda, Shelly, and Nordica are always on the guest list for one of Hamilton's parties. However, as senior year begins, the strands holding the clique together begin to break. From social-climbing Shelly who has p ...more
Jun 09, 2011 AtenRa rated it really liked it
Popular is told through multiple perspectives:
Hamilton - Queen Bee, most beautiful and popular girl in Fidelity High. She absolutely loves Alex, her boyfriend, who is kind of a loner and no one really gets how he ended up with a girl like Hamilton.
Olivia - sarcastic and witty, she's been friends with Hamilton the longest, is crushing on Chance, a soccer player at school
Nordica - shy and introvert, has a secret crush on Alex
Shelly - superficial and mean, wants to dethrone Hamilton and take her pl
Dec 13, 2011 Sean rated it it was amazing
High school isn't high school without some popular kids whom other students try to cling with. Hamilton Best, the most popular girl at Fidelity High, are adored by many. Her parties can either make a student cry or jump. She gets what she wants, no matter what it is. She has it all.... or does she? Once her secret is dispelled, her life would be a total disaster. That's why Hamilton will do anything to keep that from happening.

Initially surprising me with little fun narratives from five differen
Jul 06, 2011 Midnite rated it liked it
Shelves: bea-2011
Hamilton Best is the most popular girl at Fidelity High. Her clique consists of Olivia, Shelly, Nordica and Zelda, and all five girls tell their version of what it's like to be chosen by (or to choose) Hamilton.

I thought all five voices were distinct and I appreciated that the chapters weren't too long so I didn't have time to grow impatient with a character I didn't like. But I must admit that 100+ pages in I felt as if there was very little story aside from everyone hating Hamilton. This was
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