Terrific debut! Unique and fresh with a twist you won't see coming from a mile away!
Before you read any further, I assure you, there are NO spoilers. Be very careful when reading other reviews of this book, however. There is a big twist, you don't want it ruined for you...Ok, carry on.
When I first started reading about Hamilton and her clique of friends during their senior year of high school, I couldn't help but think back to great 80s movies like "Heathers" or "Pretty In Pink". The popular girls in school weren't always the most beautiful, the wealthiest or had the hottest boyfriends...but they all had a queen.
In POPULAR, the queen is Hamilton. She throws the best parties, to which a guest list is posted a few days before the party. To be on the guest list is a badge of honor, a symbol of popularity. Girlfriends will ditch their boyfriends to go to one of Hamilton's parties, best friends will lie to one another to go, because you can't turn down the opportunity to go to one of Hamilton's parties once you've been chosen.
Hamilton's parties begin to change, the guest lists are out of the ordinary. Is The Clique breaking down? Is The Clique starting to turn on its queen? Hamilton might not be as together as everything thinks.
Whatever you do, don't assume that this is some shallow book about popular girls. It's more than that. SO much more...
Alissa Grosso delivers one of the most complex cast of characters I have read in a YA book in a long time. She writes Popular from five different points of view, the voices of the five girls in The Clique. Each point of view delivers a unique voice, each one more interesting than the next.
I really don't want to give anything away, and I'm afraid I've already said too much. All I can tell you is that you don't want to miss Popular. It is unlike anything you will ever read this year.
About the Book:
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2011)
About the Author:
Alissa Grosso's first novel, POPULAR, will be published in May 2011 by Flux. At various points in her working life she has been a tavern wench, a term paper writer, a newspaper editor and a children's librarian. She owns very few garments that aren't covered with cat or dog hair. She lives in New Jersey.