How to Be Popular
Author: Meg Cabot
Age Group: Teen
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
Do you want to be popular?
Everyone wants to be popular or at least, Stephanie Landry does. Steph’s been the least popular girl in her class since a certain cherry Super Big Gulp catastrophe five years earlier.
Does being popular matter?
It matters very much to Steph. That’s why this year, she has a plan to get in with the It Crowd in no time flat. She’s got a secret weapon: an old book called what else? “How to Be Popular.”
What does it take to be popular?
All Steph has to do is follow the instructions in The Book, and soon she’ll be partying with the It Crowd (including school quarterback Mark Finley) instead of sitting on The Hill Saturday nights, stargazing with her nerdy best pal Becca, and even nerdier Jason (now kind of hot, but still), whose passion for astronomy Steph once shared.
Who needs red dwarves when you’re invited to the hottest parties in town?
But don’t forget the most important thing about popularity
It’s easy to become popular. What isn’t so easy? Staying that way.
I have expressed my love for all things Meg Cabot many, many times on this blog. There has only been one book I’ve read written by Meg Cabot that I wasn’t madly in love with. So it should come as no surprise that I adored How to Be Popular.
I was actually a bit hesitant to read this one because I usually don’t enjoy books where the MC wants to be in the popular group. I think this is because when I was in school I didn’t necessarily want to be in with the popular crowd. Don’t get me wrong, I totally had crushes on some of the popular boys, but being in that crowd was never a big focus of mine, especially once I was in high school. So I wasn’t really sure if I would relate to Steph in How to Be Popular. But seriously, I shouldn’t have worried. I mean, after all, it’s MEG CABOT, and I pretty much always like all her MCs.
Steph is such a likable, relatable character. And although she has this goal to become popular, it isn’t that she necessarily wants to be part of the popular group. It’s that she is sick and tired of the way her name is used in everyday conversation. Popular girl Lauren started this saying way back in middle school “Don’t be a Steph!” It’s used whenever anyone did anything clumsy, silly, etc. Lauren started that saying because Steph spilled a drink on Lauren’s clothes. And, at the start of junior year, Steph has decided she’s had enough. And she goes to school with a PLAN! A plan based on an old book she finds at her grandfather’s fiancee’s place.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed seeing Steph plan her rise to popularity. She’s so intelligent in how she plans things and works on putting together her strategy. It’s something I never could have done in high school, and even now, as an adult, I don’t know if I could. I really admired that in Steph. I do admit that Steph could be a bit obtuse about some things, though. Somethings being BOYS. And the little time spent in the bathroom with binoculars. Oh my gosh, so funny! Actually, now that I think of it, that incident in the bathroom kind of reminded me of something Stephanie Plum would do. Only in a Meg Cabot way. Does that make any sense?
The other characters were great, too. Jason was awesome, and I loved his reaction to some of the things Becca (Steph and Jason’s other friend) does. Becca was hilarious!
The whole story felt very Meg Cabot-esque – which is exactly what I was hoping for. There’s a lot of humor, and a satisfying ending. Anyway, I totally recommend reading How to Be Popular. I mean, it’s MEG CABOT!