Publish Date: May 8, 2011
Paperback, 336 pages
Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary
Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary
Why I read this: I'm a sucker at a look at the popular girls from their point of view, especially when things aren't so perfect. And this really sounds like a good book, secrets, a girl who is looking for identity and facing the end of high school.
My thoughts: One thing that jumps out at me about this book is it rings true. I've been a high school girl, though not one of the popular girls, but it doesn't matter where you are in the clique hierarchy, girls are girls. Popular shows this. It also shows how even girls that seem to have it all together have their doubts and I really liked this. What I got from this book wasn't what I expected, but I raced right through it all the same. It's not a Gossip Girl or The Clique book, this isn't about the glamor of being a popular girl. This is more about what it's like to blindly follow in a popular girls' footstep or to be that popular girl and have people following you. It's about the fears that go into the Senior year of how it will never be the same. It's about real life as a high school girl.
That's not to say the book is without drama. There cannot be a story of high school girls that doesn't involve some sort of drama and there is plenty of drama in this book, but I also thought there was a lot to think about. There is jealousy and boyfriend issues and then the biggest surprise of all is what Hamilton's secret is. I have to say I was blown away. I can't say anymore because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone.
So if you enjoy contemporary young adult books, give this 2011 debut author, Alissa Grosso a try and let me know what you think. I don't think you will be disappointed. I think Popular has something to appeal to everyone.
My Rating: 4.5/5.0
About the Book:
For reigning popularity queen Hamilton Best, the very idea of graduation is filled with fear. She's always been the star of Fidelity High's most exclusive clique, idolized for her perfection and her fabulous parties—you know you're "in" when you make Hamilton's guest list. As high school draws to a close, Hamilton is about to lose everything that makes her who she is.
To make matters worse, the clique is slowly coming apart at the seams. Although the hand-picked members—Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly—all have their own agendas, desires, and secrets, they do have one thing in common: they're desperate to break away from Hamilton. Yet Hamilton has the biggest and most shocking secret of all, one that only her devoted boyfriend Alex knows. If the truth got out, it would completely destroy her fragile world.
And she'll do anything to keep that from happening.
About the Author:
Early Days and Education
Alissa was born in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1975. She grew up in the Garden State living in Hackensack, Ramsey and later Byram Township, NJ.
She graduated from Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, NJ where she ran on the cross country and track teams. She earned a B.A. in English from Rutgers University graduating with highest honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Alissa worked for Waterloo Foundation for the Arts while attending college as well as after graduating from college in a number of different capacities. She later worked for the Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, PA where she worked in both the circulation and youth services departments, and was the Children's Coordinator for Norway Memorial Library in Norway, ME. She also worked as an editor and writer for Journal Newspapers in White Haven, PA. She presently works as an independent library sales representative for Unique Books, Inc. and is the author of the forthcoming YA novel Popular.
What She's Doing Now
After living for several years in Pennsylvania and briefly in Maine, Alissa has returened to New Jersey and presently lives in Clinton. When she isn't visiting libraries or busy playing outdoors, she is hard at work on her next novel.
Teen Book Scene is hosting a giveaway of one copy of Popular, and it's open internationally. Just comment on this post and for more entries to win, go to other posts during the tour and comment on them. Giveaway will end a few days after the end of the tour and will be announced on A Good Addiction. Be sure and come back on June 7th when I have my character interview with Nordica, for another chance to enter.