Title: How to Be Popular
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: HarperTempest – HarperCollins
Release Date: March 18, 2008
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 a lot—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 weapon: an old book called—what else?—How to Be Popular.
What does it take to be popular?
All Steph has to do is follow the instructions in The Book, and soon she’ll be partying with the popular kids (including school quarterback Mark Finley) instead of sitting on The Hill Saturday nights, stargazing with her nerdy best pal Becca, and even nerdier Jason (now kind of hot, but still).
But don’t forget the most important thing about popularity!
It’s easy to become popular. What isn’t so easy? Staying that way.
Meg Cabot has done it again – betwitched readers with a fun, cute, quick read that will have them laughing and sympathizing, sometimes at the same time. And even though the plot was a little predictable, my attention never wavered. And again, despite being over 300 pages long, I finished the book in less than a day. Cabot really gets into the writing voice of her characters, which is a major part of why I breeze through them so quickly, but it’s not a bad thing, at all. I laugh when Steph laughs, I understand her reasoning, and even though I might know that something is going to go wrong, I am still completely on Steph’s side because she seems so sure of herself. It’s like having someone tell me that I’m wrong, as of course, as a very stubborn person, I’m right until proven wrong. It’s very easy for me to get caught up with the main character due to how alive and close she seems because of the writing style and voice.
The other characters were great, too. I loved Becca – she was so naive and cute, I couldn’t help but love her and feel kind of bad for her, but still. And Steph’s family was great. Her mom was a funny pregnant lady, and her grandfather was definitely someone who held the story together with his connection to Steph. Without him in the story, the book definitely would not have been as good. And then Jason. His frustrations were rather obvious, but that didn’t prevent them from being any less funny, especially with Steph’s obliviousness. Cabot seems to have a knack for writing oblivious heriones who don’t realize what’s right in front of her nose, but it seemingly never gets old. But back to Jason. His witty comments, genuine friendship, and the history between him and Steph was endearing, to say the very least. (And yes, he’s hot, too. And intelligent). There are some very funny scenes, but he also really cares about his friends, and it really made me wish that he was my boyfriend. *Sigh*
Overall, the plot was fun and the style was captivating, but the characters definitely made the story go above and beyond what I expected. I highly recommend this book to any teenager; Meg Cabot will reel you in hook, line, and sinker, making you want to come back for more.
**Note: I recommend this book to ages 13 & up due to sexual references and some profane language.