All schools have a social hierarchy of popularity. Cara and Claudia at the bottom of theirs! When Cara’s family moves to a new school district between sophomore and junior year, Claudia sees it as an opportunity for Cara to use her anonymity to reinvent herself and climb The Ladder. The idea…date her way to the top. At first, Cara is skeptical of the plan, but Claudia is enthusiastic and persuasive. When Cara meets Archer (Theater Geek) on the first day of school she decides to make him her first target, but soon finds herself falling for him for real. When his affections are not returned, Cara re-dedicates herself to the plan.
Most of the plan to snag boyfriends and climb the popularity ladder, involves conforming herself to fit in with different groups. Archer sees what Cara is doing and is disgusted by her calculating. As she progresses, it is obvious that her new friends do not like her for herself, rather only for thefake self that she projects.
The story is about being true to who you are and forming real friendships based on honesty. While slightly predictable, this was a fun, entertaining read. My only complaint is that I was reading this in e-book format and the last several pages were cut off, leaving me hanging just as it was getting good. Obviously, this was not the author’s fault, just a technical error, but still very frustrating.
Overall, I give Populazzi…
Plot - 3 ½ bookmarks
Character Development – 4 bookmarks
Moral Lessons – 4 ½ bookmarks
Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Molly Quinn (Cara), Jodelle Ferland (Claudia), Dev Patel (Asher), Jackson Rathbone (Nate), Anastacia Baranova (Trista), Seychelle Gabriel (Ree-Ree), Alexander Gould (Robert)