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The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow
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Mar 20, 2010

it was amazing
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Totally engaging and laugh out loud funny. Yes it could be compared to Wimpy Kid, but there is more to this book than that! Lydia abd Julie decide to prepare themselves for the transition from elementary school to middle school (or junior high) by observing the "popular" kids--what they do, wear, etc. and trying them on for size. Julie is the illustrator of their little manual and both girls write comments and observation. As the school year progresses, they reach out into their respective "discomfort zones", deal with crushes (as crusher and crushee), and a situation that tests the strength of their friendship.

I liked hearing both voices and getting to know these two girls. They enjoy the support of their respective families: Julie with two dads and Lydia with a single mom and a sullen older sister, who surprises Lydia by becoming an ally.

Lydia and Julie launch their experiment from a position of security, dare to put themselves out there and finally succeed in the goal they set for themselves. I'm looking forward to more adventures from this author!

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