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The Rise of the Dorkasaurus by Alan Sitomer
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Aug 25, 11

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in August, 2011

Maureen, a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed dork-a-saurus, thinks that her body looks like a baked potato. Allergy-plagued Alice can’t touch a mango without breaking out in a rash, and if she eats wheat, her vision goes blurry. Klutzy to the extreme, Barbara is a beanpole who often embarrasses herself in front of the whole school. These outcasts don't have much in common - other than the fact that they are often targets of the ThreePees: the Pretty, Popular, Perfect girls who rule the school. After an embarrassing video of Maureen winds up on YouTube, she joins forces with Alice and Barbara to take away the one thing the ThreePees can't live without: a victory in the junior high talent show. Will their routine be enough to de-throne the popular crowd? Or will their plan backfire and shake their hold on the bottom rung of the social ladder?

I was a bit skeptical of the premise - a battle for first place in a talent show? - but I was pleasantly surprised. The real story is what the girls learn about themselves and their friendships with each other. I initially had a hard time with Maureen's character, she is a bit caustic at first, but she makes some progress by the end. All in all, this was a fun, quick read.
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