Saturday, January 1, 2011

Review: POPULAZZI by Elise Allen

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)


  1. Oooh, I love that you pictured Dev Patel as Archer. I never thought of him, but I adore him. Cool casting ideas all around, Jesi.

    Also, thanks for pointing out that the NetGalley version is still cut off at the end. I thought that was sorted out, but clearly... not so much. I'll get in touch with the folks at Harcourt and see if they can remedy that.

    Thanks for taking the time to read Populazzi, and for sharing your thoughts!

    All the best,


  2. It was a fun book to read, Elise, even if the end was cut off! Can't wait to read more from you!

  3. This book brought back so many memories of my own high school days from so long ago. The great part was that it brought them back while simultaneously making me laugh out loud, cheer for the characters and wish I could share some post-high school wisdom with them. The dialog is so well written. The characters fully represent the "types" we all remember from our school days. While Populazzi is a story that, at it's core, is not new it is told in a really fresh and fun way that will make you anxious to see what happens. I enjoyed it so much I've already bought Elixir to read next.