Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Author: Alissa Grosso
Release Date: May 2011
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
Year/Setting: Present/Fidelity, U.S.A
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Alissa's Website/Blog: www.alissagrosso.com
This is a YA that’s truly filled with surprises. I guarantee that all readers’ mouths will hang open when the author reveals one of the most interesting endings that THIS writer has read in a long, long time.
This story is based on the ‘popular girl.’ You know the one? She is Ms. Perfect. Everyone wants to be friends with her, be a part of her group, and be on her invitation list to her next big party. Her name is Hamilton; her boyfriend’s name is Alex; and, her inner-circle is beyond different.
Olivia has been Hamilton’s friend since kindergarten, and is truly sick and tired of being part of the "popular clique." Olivia has the hots for a boy named Chance, and wants nothing more than for high school to end so she can branch out on her own and leave Hamilton in the dust.
Shelly is an airhead…but a brilliant airhead. She is the type of girl who truly believes that SHE should be Ms. Popular. She believes that she can give better parties, and that Hamilton is simply a waste of time. Shelly also believes that SHE should be the one dating Alex, and will do anything to get him out of Hamilton’s clutches.
Nordica is one-year behind the rest of the ‘clique,’ and is petrified that after everyone graduates, SHE will have to be the popular one next year. With fuzzy brown hair and braces, she looks at life through a camera; and, Alex - Hamilton’s boyfriend - is completely and utterly kind to Nordica, helping her to come out of her shell and enjoy life.
Zelda is the last of the final four. She’s always wanted to be a freak/punk but was tainted by popularity the minute Hamilton picked her to be part of the group. Zelda secretly wants nothing more than to be a part of the anti-social/anti-establishment clique…but the popularity factor has driven her into a life she never wanted.
When Hamilton begins to post her lists at school - of people invited to her party - students rush to read it. This list is the IT list for everyone - if you’re invited, you’re popular. Soon, however, the lists become a bit odd. People are being invited who Hamilton has never even spoken to, yet alone considered to be invitees to her home. Something is amiss. Either someone is sabotaging Hamilton’s place in the hierarchy, or Hamilton, herself, has her own agenda that no one understands.
The ending of this book is remarkable. And like Heathers, and The Breakfast Club, this author has done a wonderful job showing the ups and downs of popularity, while adding a twist that no reader will see coming.
A great voice in YA fiction!
Until next time,
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