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Words of (Questionable) Wisdom from Lydia Goldblatt and Julie... by Amy Ignatow
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Dec 11, 2011

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Read from December 11 to 15, 2011

The third volume of the Popularity Papers didn't quite live up to the previous books. Or maybe it was just me. Julie and Lydia seemed particularly naive this go 'round, and seem to have forgotten some of what they learned in the previous books, especially when it comes to friendship. At least Lydia and Julie are comfortable in their own skin, or overalls, as the case may be.

Unlike the first two books, there wasn't a central plot struggle (the lack of a descriptive title should have been a clue here), but instead there were several minor issues the girls had to deal with. But they learned a lesson or two along the way, and let's face it, the issues they did face are very real middle-school issues, ranging from issues with cliques and mean things written on bathroom walls, to misunderstandings with friends and the ever-complicated boy/girl issues.

As always, the artwork is fabulous. The shared journal is such a great format, and a very middle-school thing to do. Or at least it was. I passed a notebook back and forth with friends in junior high...do kids still do that? Or have they moved on to a higher-tech version?

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