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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Getting in is hard. Staying in is harder...

Joining social network let sixteen-year-old Livi Stanley trade her awkward middle school past for the social life of her dreams. Because Populatti isn't just a social network. It's a club, providing access to friends. Parties. And Livi's crush, star baseball player Brandon Dash. Yet lately, online rumors have been th
Paperback, 338 pages
Published May 2nd 2014 by Createspace
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Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ages 12-14
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

So I started this book and put it down after a chapter or two because the writing felt very juvenile. I then needed something light after reading The Giver and I'll Give You the Sun which were both not difficult, but heavy subject matter - so I picked this back up.

Basically, the main character, Livi, is part of this online group called Populatti, a social media site that her friend Crystal (a computer programming gen
Joana Hill
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Read more reviews at my blog, Words and Tea Bottles.

Received as a free ARC from Netgalley.

I feel like Populatti tried really, really hard to be what its author wanted it to be and fell horribly short. Considering there isn’t a single review below three stars that I’ve been able to find, I was expecting it to be pretty good, but most of the time I just felt underwhelmed.

As you can see from the summary, this book is about a girl whose social life depends on a social networking site her friend made
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
*Book received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I enjoyed reading Populatti. At first, I couldn't get into it thinking it would be a younger (much much younger) audience. It started off slow, making me think its no more than a story about shallow girls in their own shallow world, but I was pleasantly surprised - and to think I was tempted to stop reading!

Livi is a high school student who felt her popularity was the most important thing in the world, and it was all because of the
Marissa DeCuir
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So many things to love about this book - Livi is exactly the type of YA lead I can relate to and root for, the book's setting is realistic and intriguing, and the messaging is vital especially for teen readers growing up in an age of social media yet still an entertaining read. Be prepared to block out your day and night because once you start reading, you'll be hooked and won't stop until you're finished, then you'll be trolling the internet to see everyone else's thoughts on the book! Oh - and ...more
Sami Jo
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Livi is so endearing, and the author did a killer job with her character (and others in the book), as well as the setting. Social media has such a HUGE impact (especially on high school students), and I think this would be a huge hit with ya fans (like me!). A definite page-turner!
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I recieved this novel from NetGalley,

I think this novel touches on some great issues, it covers clickes, friendsips, growing up, trust, parental issues and love. It is a great little novel for teens

The writing is engaging and the social media aspect brings it into the 21st century, something easily read and well liked.

A great little novel, definitely for any teen or YA reader.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jks
"Populatti" is a great end-of-the-summer read!
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I selected this book because I wanted a lighthearted read. I went in knowing that the subject matter would seem quite petty and inconsequential to someone like me who hasn't been in high school for more than a decade. I was right, but the novel did have some redeeming qualities. And if I was a bit younger, and maybe a bit more into the popular scene I probably would have clicked more with the story. Anyway.

We'll start with the good stuff.

I also don't think I'll be giving any any spoilers, but if
Antonia V Domenech
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I may be past the age that would really "get" this book, but I couldn't get into it. Populatti is supposed to be a social media platform comparable to Facebook and myspace, but everything else in this book is not believable. The characters seem much younger and way more naive than what I consider to be normal.
Omg I loved this book! I definitely would love to read more - especially as it definitely ended on a note where it could very well BE continued (view spoiler) ...more
Isis Ray-sisco
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley-books
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This does not influence my opinion in anyway.

Populatti by Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper is a great young adult fiction read that will take you back to High School again. I wasn’t sure that I would like it at first but I ended up enjoying the book. It reminded me about all the things that were great about school and all the things that I didn’t enjoy about it too. I thought Populatti depicted the hierarchy of popular kids ev
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book takes a look at how much social media controls our lives from a high school point of view. From determining who we talk to and much more, it has a hold on more than we think. We probably check our social media more than we would like to admit, and from the likes, retweets, and shares, it has become somewhat of a social media status symbol. The more likes, the more popular you are online, right?

So when I first read the storyline to Populatti, I found it intriguing. The book was bringing
Maja Diana
Received as a free ARC from Netgalley. Also reviewed on

You think Facebook has a play in today's bullying? Imagine if it was private and monitored only by teenagers.

This book is about Livi, a seemingly normal--but insecure--teenage girl who's at the top of her High School's society because she's friend's with the right people.

Jackie has a flair for writing teenagers, and while I was sitting here questioning Livi's choices and self-contradictions on every page,
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Populatti: Written by Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper,
Do you remember how you felt in high school? Maybe you are in high school now. When I was in high school, there was no social media, this has all changed. Now there is so much social media and so much access for kids in high school. This book Populatti: Written by Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper, has shown how much has changed, but the fact that there is always a popular group that many want to belong.
This story is about Livi Stanley, She was never p
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely interesting and the characters very believable if not alltogether likeable. It is scary to see how much social media has changed the face of highschool since I went! I can't imaginle what kids deal with on a day to day basis but then I was lucky and had a very accepting and open minded high school without the normal cliques and popularity contests. It reminds me of my middle school experience which was horrid though!

Livi was unpopular and bullied all through school until
Kaylee (readerxpro)
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
"Getting in is hard. Staying in is harder...

Joining social network let sixteen-year-old Livi Stanley trade her awkward middle school past for the social life of her dreams. Because Populatti isn't just a social network. It's a club, providing access to friends. Parties. And Livi's crush, star baseball player Brandon Dash. Yet lately, online rumors have been threatening Livi's place in the group. And not even her friends are doing much to stop them. Leaving Livi to prove them wrong,
Terra Kelly
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Populatti is the second novel by Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper and she is amazing! I literally got so sucked into this novel that I read it in one day. It's definitely young adult but I think it's over arcing lessons really reflect on anyone's life.

Populatti is the website that rules Livi's life. One of her best friend's, Crystal, designed it and it's brilliant. You can only get on it if enough people vote you in and it lets you know where all the cool parties are going to be. That was the life for
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved this book, and could barely put it down. It's a light, easy summer read, and best of all it's completely relateable Everyone has been, or has known, a person like each of the characters in this book, and I think it's so important for young readers to read characters they can relate to.

While the story line isn't complex there are lots of twists and lots of girl drama to keep it interesting. The characters are well written and believable which is something that can be unheard of in YA. The
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
Livi Stanley and her three best friends made formed a social network called, Livi’s friend Crystal was the mastermind behind the whole site! changed not only from a social network sight, but into an exclusive club, members need to be voted in and can be voted out just as easily. Populatti also gives its members information on “Populatti Parties” where only members can attend. At Livi 16th birthday party, the star baseball player Brandon Dash starts to show interest in ...more
Mallory Brown
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

I’ve been getting into classics recently and needed a change, so I started this book in my second period math class and became so immersed in it that I had finished it later that night! It was very refreshing from the formal tones of Victor Hugo! The book has a really teenager-y feel, and it makes you feel like you’re being sucked right into Livi’s superficial world of popularity and social media.
Being about Livi’s age myself, I could really relate to this book. It was quite obviousl
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Reminiscent of Gossip Girl and The Clique, it's about the fickle world of popularity. This also adds in the current issue of social media and cyber bullying. One of the best parts of reading YA is remembering how intense feelings are when you're young. Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper masters this and I found myself stressed for these characters after just a few pages. Today, teens are more pressured than ever because, with the presence of social media, there is always a wa ...more
Josie  Ann
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, and it was an okay read. I usually don't read novels where the main character is under 18 or 17 because the characters seem to be juvenile, however that wasn't the case with this novel. The main character, Livi Stanley, is turning 16, and she seems to be worrying about the latest comment about her on a social media site, is a site that was created and ran by Livi's friend, Crystal, in h ...more
Michelle Heegaard
Nov 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
I received this from Netgalley as an ebook in return of an honest review

Honestly? I did not get very far in this book, before I was like; 'okay. Let me stop you right there'. A thing I care maybe unreasonable much about, it the characters and how they are written. Are they realistic? Can you relate to them? Do they have 'flat' personalities or are they actually a describtion of someone, you could meet on the street? This book VERY fast failed my character-test and for that I couldn't get myself
Paula Ratcliffe
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Cela Esqueda
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
As awareness in bullying arises, so does the question of how much social media is to blame. In Populatti, Jackie Bardenwerper does a nice job of showing the dangers surrounding social networks when left to insecure teens that have yet to discover the power they possess as individuals. Without putting complete blame on either student or the media, Bardenwerper provides the reader with a balanced view of what could be.

Populatti is an exclusive social network that rates individual's likability base
Roxanne Kade
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book made me feel young(er) again! It took me back to a time when fitting in and being socially acceptable were the most important things in my life. I wouldn't say I was a part of the in crowd, but I had my girls just like Livi did, and we went through many ups and downs. Boy trouble, back-stabbing and bitchiness all come with the territory but in the end friendship always wins out.

The interesting thing about this book was seeing just how easily Populatti ruled these characters lives. Eve
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I absolutely had no idea what the book was about when I read it. All I know was that I was very much intrigued with the book title and its cover's summer-y vibe that I decided to read it.

It was a joy to read Populatti. I am a huge fan of the young adult genre and this book did not fail to entertain me. I love the concept behind Populatti. It's modern and timely. And with today's technological advancement, readers of the young age would definitely find it relatable. It was f
Secretly Adorkable Readers
Even though I am not considered YA with my age, I still enjoy reading them. This is a clean romance for young teens with issues some peer pressure and cyber bullying.

Social media was not as big for me growing up and so I had to put this read in my teen son's mind perspective. It kind of reminded of Gossip Girl which was one of my fave shows over the years.

Living in Livi Stanley's perspective of how she felt when she was a part of something that she loved but was thrown out. Populatti was her l
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an ebook from NetGalley. I found this book very intriguing for many reasons. One reason being, it lets you see into the lives of the popular or 'elite' kids in school and the challenges they face on a daily basis. I personally did not know the struggles they faced since I was never a popular kid in high school, so that was interesting. Another reason is, it shows you how much friendship can truly mean with the right people, when you've been through the worst that you could pos ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though I was WAY over the intended target audience a few years ago I really enjoyed reading The Clique series by Lisi Harrison and this book really reminded me of that series.
Its set around social media and the characters in the book have their own club of sorts called and basically everybody is desperate to get in and stay in, they have an approval rating and if it gets too low they are out so they live their lives in a certain way obsessing over being a 'Popster'
Even though
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