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How to Be Popular

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  20,989 ratings  ·  991 reviews
Do you want to be popular? Everyone wants to be popular or at least, Stephanie Landry does. Steph's been the least popular girl in her class since a certain cherry Super Big Gulp catastrophe five years earlier. Does being popular matter? It matters very much to Steph. That's why this year, she has a plan to get in with the It Crowd in no time flat. She's got a secret weapo ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 31st 2006 by HarperTempest
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Kylie I read this book a couple years ago and remember liking it. It's a fun and quick read for middle schoolers and high schoolers. It has a good overall m…moreI read this book a couple years ago and remember liking it. It's a fun and quick read for middle schoolers and high schoolers. It has a good overall message. (less)

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Cal  (Cal's Reading Corner)
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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5/5 freaking dang stars.

I'm not going to write a full-blown review for this.

Here's the run down:

- I read this when I was 11/12.
- I got it for my birthday and my friend who gave it to me said "my mum thought of you and thought it would be good for you" you GUYZZZZ I didn't EVER want to touch this book.

This impacted me greatly during the incoming high school years-- I feel like I was more level headed about the fascination of popularit
Jennifer Wardrip
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If you've ever heard the phrase "Way to pull a Steph Landry!," you wouldn't be alone. Pretty much everyone who attends Bloomville High in the heart of Greene County, Indiana, knows who Steph Landry is. Or, they at least know better than to ever, ever, ever do something that would have someone uttering the aforementioned phrase. Even kids under the age of five know what it means to "pull a Steph Landry." In that they know it means instant social doom.

So what di
Laurence R.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I swear I'll only give 3-star ratings (or lower) if I keep reading contemporary novels... WHY AM I DOING THIS TO MYSELF? ...more
Oct 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: yafiction
Main character Steph has to live down her social suicide of 5 years before- when she spilled red soda all over the most popular girl in school. Finding a book about popularity from the 1950s (it seems) she decides to follow the advice so she won't be such a "Steph" anymore.

Filled with bitchy popular girls and their cliques, the hot quarterback and the rest of the usual cast of high school, How to be Popular is a cute teen lit book. We can see the ending coming in the first chapter, but the story
Bethany Huang
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!!! I just really have to say that this book is completely amazing. Meg Cabot sums up every girl's (or, boys?) dreams of being popular-and the real reality. It is pretty hard to make normal school life sound interesting unless you're writing something paranormal, like angels, vampires or the like (trust me, I've seen almost all of the variations you can possibly get.).

"Crazytop" (courtesy of Jason, here) aka Steph Landry is known for the saying, "way to pull a Steph Landry,". Tha
Ruby Rose
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
This book is not a clean romance, it is more of a sweet romance. My mom just recently bought this one as an "Advance Reader Copy" So I personally can't complain about mistakes in this one although there were a lot. I think this story touches on how most girls in Middle and High School feel at least once if not more in their lives: the want to be popular. But on top of that Steph is the joke of the town for spilling a "Cherry Super Big Gulp" on her childhood best friend, the most popular girl in ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Meg Cabot was like one of my role models growing up. Which is a pretty difficult tasks to do considering the other woman on that list (note to self: one day publish said list on my blog). However, as extraordinary as some of her books are, there are some that aren’t so good.

And now that I’m older and more cynical (thanks to reading five thousand YA books-well, probably less than that but it feels like that much) and the market has grown,well, this book really sucks.
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2013
I think this is a great book for every person to read, no matter what your age. The story is focused on Stephanie Landry wanting to be part of the popular crowd mainly because she’s in love with quarterback Mark Finley, the most popular student at Steph’s school. It doesn’t take long for Steph, an ordinary girl, to take matters into her hands and with the help of a book on how to be popular which she got in a box of old books from her best friend Jason’s grandmother, and some money she borrowed ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Liked this book. Didn't love it, but did like it. It's a cute young adult book about popularity and how to reach it. The advice is actually pretty good, and the paths the heroine takes are entertaining. ...more
Biena (The Library Mistress)
I still liked it. Maybe even more than I first read it.
Giana Williams
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meg Cabot’s How To Be Popular was a butt kicking great. She gives a theme to every book she writes. This is why I love Cabot’s writing style. I can also relate to the characters in the story somewhat. Thats why this book was great

This book has shown me a great theme. Popularity is a piece of crap. Well, really popularity is the easiest thing to gain but hardest to hold. What they saying is that popularity has it”s snares and no benefit for them. So this book showed me that people will accept y
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I actually read this a few months ago and promptly forgot everything about it. How To Be Popular is a standard, disposable piece of YA fluff. It’s simple, it’s quick, and overall, it’s enjoyable if you have no expectations of reading something fantastic (or even memorable, in this case).

How To Be Popular is about Steph Landry, an average, yet lovable highschooler in a small town. Although she is far from friendless, she is not at all popular, mostly due to an embarrassing junior high school inci
Muse-ic ♬
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fluff, romance
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‘Way to pull a Steph Landry’

…and that cruel taunt has been burning Steph Landry’s ears since the time that she was a clumsy twelve-year old who accidentally upended a Red Super Big-Gulp on Lauren Moffat’s white denim D & G skirt. And although Steph bought Lauren a brand new skirt…prima-donna hag-extraordinaire Lauren has never let Steph or the rest of Bloomville High School ever let the unfortunate memory fade. Ergo, whenever anyone commits a faux-pas or does something remotely dorky, it’s
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3.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). How to Be Popular was the first book by Meg Cabot that I ever read. I thought it was very cute and fast paced. The characters!; Oh how I loved them! Meg Cabot adds such quirky and lovable traits to all of her characters (Steph, Jason, and the Grandpa especially), and I definitely became emotionally attached to a majority of them.
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of chick lit & the movie "mean girls"
2.5 stars, but rounding up since I really liked Jason & becca. & fond childhood memories. My preteen self really enjoyed this book way back when, so I'm sure other Tweens would probably enjoy it.

Plus, the whole thing reminds me of "mean girls" one of the few comedy movies I actually like.

There is one major flaw with the book though. & that is... Stephanie Landry, our protagonist. She is a judgmental bitch. Maybe not quite as bad as Zoey Redbirds, but still plenty enough of an ass to drag my ra
Well it would be one less star if it wasn't for Jason. A guy like him deserves 1 whole star.

How To be Popular is about a girl named Steph. She's a social reject. She has been since she spilt red Super Big Gulp over Lauren whose the MOST popular girl in school. And Lauren has never forgotten about that incident EVER! But this year Steph is making sure she joins the A-Crowd. She has a plan and her secret weapon is a book called How TO be Popular. She uses this book is help her become popular (I ha
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was so much fun!! Steph was hilarious and I couldn't stop laughing. She was so much fun. Jason was adorable and funny and cute and protective and clearly jealous and just the best friend you could ask for! Lauren was a royal jerk and awesome. Becca was sweet and misunderstood. Mark was interesting. I don't know about him. Darlene and Alyssa were developing characters and fun. Definitely loved this book! ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Liked it back when it came out, but this does not stand the test of time. :(
May 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People with low/no expectations. Little girls.

This is how I felt during the majority of the book. It was just so bland and monotone that I did not laugh a single time during the whole time I read the book.

Not a single time.

This is important mainly because being a huge fan of Meg Cabot, I expected way more from her. But I honestly think this is one of her weaker books (but not as weak as Abandon, that was just horrid).

I really hated that main character, Steph. She was annoying and whiny and overall, a real self-centered brat. For whatever r
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Steph is a really good main character; mostly because she makes me think of myself from high school. I was super far removed from the popular crowd, and even though I could tell they were a bunch of jerks and bitches, there was nothing I wanted more than to be accepted into their group. Steph makes the same mistake in wanting to be popular, but she takes it a step further than I did. She found herself a "get popular" book and started following it step by step. And, to be fair, it worked
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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Lennie Grace
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
"How to be Popular" is a childhood favorite of mine. It's sweet. It's funny. Has some fun leads. It has a decent message for tweens/teenagers, and it has a super cheesy, teen-movie type ending that I adore.

Seriously, I do think this would make a really fun movie. Like maybe something for Netflix or Disney+?

I really like it. It's a comfort book for me. You know the sort, I mean. One of those books you can read over and over again and still love it? The sort of book you read when you're feeling
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
I read this book a number of times as a pre-teen. Meg Cabot was my go-to author. It was super fun and I don't have much to say other than that. It is about an unpopular high schooler named Steph, who finds a book titled How To Be Popular, and uses it to try to climb her schools social ladder and become one of the popular people. But obviously, shenanigans ensue, and she realizes popularity isn't all it's made out to be. I've always wanted more from this book. Steph and Jason are some of my favou ...more
Amena Khan
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a nice, fluffy book that actually didn't have me wanting to throw it out the window. Which, for me, is impressive. :) All in all, a nice read with a happy ending, just what I needed. To anyone who plans on reading this, try to read it when you're down, because the end will just have you smiling, and the rest of the book will have you laughing along the way. :) ...more
I read this for nostalgic reasons, because I remembered loving this book when I read it years ago, and while my view on many aspects changed because honestly, it's ridiculous sometimes, I still really enjoyed it! So yay, four stars! ...more
chloe ♡
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was, meh :/

The rest of it was,

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Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
"... it was cute ... but nothing great to report about."

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This is a really good because its about a girl that is being made fun of and she really wants to be popular along the book she gives you tips about how to be popular and its funny because there like the opposite of what people tell you to be
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
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Popular: adj. Widely liked or appreciated; liked by many acquantances; sought after for company.

We all want it. Why? Because being pouplar means being liked. Everyone wants to be liked.
Sadly, however, not all of us are.

So what do pouplar people have in common that makes them all so popular?

They all have:
*A friendly way about them.
*An eagerness to pitch in and help get the job done.
*An interest in everythign that goes on at work or school.
*A look that's fresh and neat.

These aren
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Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun

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