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I m not sure about this one I guess I really couldn t relate to that clique crowd idea I ve never had many friends in school and books like these only getandconfusing as they go on, not to mention melodramatic oh no, So So just broke up with his girlfriend IT S THE END OF THE WORLD O I think books are better when they avoid having the characters react that way over trivial matters I m not sure about this one I guess I really couldn t relate to that clique crowd idea I ve never had many friends in school and books like these only getandconfusing as they go on, not to mention melodramatic oh no, So So just broke up with his girlfriend IT S THE END OF THE WORLD O I think books are better when they avoid having the characters react that way over trivial matters A great majority of this book was a confusing mess, with tense changes, six different POVs to keep up with I could sayabout that, but I won t spoil you , and a very fast pace We really only get to know six characters very well, with the minors beingwell, minor The characters we did know, though, were how do you explain this without revealing the plot unique and likable enough The writing wasn t half bad, but there was a lot of repetition which became annoying So much co A great majority of this book was a confusing mess, with tense changes, six different POVs to keep up with I could sayabout that, but I won t spoil you , and a very fast pace We really only get to know six characters very well, with the minors beingwell, minor The characters we did know, though, were how do you explain this without revealing the plot unique and likable enough The writing wasn t half bad, but there was a lot of repetition which became annoying So much could ve been cut and so much could ve been added to make it a much clearer story What really got this story up to four stars, though, was the incredible, mind blowing, ohmigoodnessareyouserious plot twist I can honestly say that I have never read a book with such a twist I just had to keep reading this book because I wanted to know how everything worked out and the author did not disappoint Seriously, it was a simply MINDBLOWING twist I m going to stay up all night thinking about its mindblowingness Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by ber popular Hamilton Best You know you re in when you make the guest list for one of Hamilton s parties And in the thralls of senior year, everyone wants to get noticed by HamiltonBut Hamilton s elite entourage is coming apart at the seams Olivia fantasizes about finally having a boyfriend, Zelda dreams of ditching high school, Nordica wants to be alone with her photography, and Shelly s plotting to dethrone Hamilton Lies and secrets are ripping away the careful ties that have kept them together for years But Hamilton has the biggest secret of all, one that only her boyfriend Alex knows If the truth got out, it would shock everyone and destroy Hamilton s fragile world and she ll do anything to protect her secret and keep her clique together If you look up the term queen bee in the dictionary, it s very likely that you ll find Hamilton Best s name She s worked her way to the top of the social ladder, and she prides herself in the fact that s she s a part, if not what defines, elite at Fidelty High But things are changing as Hamilton s ladies in waiting start developing desires beyond high school, itself Hamilton hates the fact that her group is slipping, but she s finding her own secret makes it hard for her to hold onto her If you look up the term queen bee in the dictionary, it s very likely that you ll find Hamilton Best s name She s worked her way to the top of the social ladder, and she prides herself in the fact that s she s a part, if not what defines, elite at Fidelty High But things are changing as Hamilton s ladies in waiting start developing desires beyond high school, itself Hamilton hates the fact that her group is slipping, but she s finding her own secret makes it hard for her to hold onto her title, as well Can she restore balance and order, stay on top of the social pyramid and survive the school year, or will she lose everything she s fought to create Popular sounded like a hit or miss book for me based on the premise because I m not sold on that alone Let s be honest how many twists can an author put on the same idea Popular girl, popular followers, deep, dark secret, yadda yaddathat s what I was thinking going into the book Popular managed to shake things up though, and author, Alissa Grosso, pushed her book beyond the mere premise and add a layer of depth that shook the story, defined the characters and made it a poignant read Balancing a tricky plotline, a full cast of characters and a powerful thematic undercurrent, Popular pleasantly surprised me.Popular promised a twist with Hamilton s secret, and it certainly didn t disappoint I was not expecting what happened, and it added an extra dimension to Hamilton s character because she seemed so shallow and surface heavy While the beginning started a bit cliche, Hamilton s secret and the strained relationship between the girls helped spiral Popular to the climax, which truly changed everything All that aside though, I will admit that Popular took a few chapters to become acquainted with though, as four different points of view was tricky to maneuver Once I became familiar with the various voices though, I managed to get into the story, which ultimately led to the twist in Popular that ended up truly redeeming the book for me.All in all, Popular was a surprisingly good read Contemporary fiction like this has to fight through the cliches to become something , and Popular managed to switch things up with the hidden twist I give it a very strong 3.5 out of 5, and I d recommend it to those who enjoy YA, especially those who like contemporary fiction.I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book Popular is at its core a book about being popular, but that s not all Since it is crucial that you read the book without knowing the twist at the end, I can t give anything away, so I will merely explain why I gave it only one star The writing is not that great, in my opinion Maybe it is because I read an advance copy, so if that is the case, then anyone that read the final version can rebuke my statement I found grammatical errors left and right and what really killed it was the going back Popular is at its core a book about being popular, but that s not all Since it is crucial that you read the book without knowing the twist at the end, I can t give anything away, so I will merely explain why I gave it only one star The writing is not that great, in my opinion Maybe it is because I read an advance copy, so if that is the case, then anyone that read the final version can rebuke my statement I found grammatical errors left and right and what really killed it was the going back and forth between present and past tense within a single paragraph or thought The language the teens use is also not believable or natural sounding Also, there are chapters told from different character s perspectives and at first it was really confusing keeping each one straight Further not much happened in each chapter, other than reiterating that particular character s point of view for example Olivia wanting a relationship with a boy named Chance and Shelly wanting to overthrow Hamilton as Queen of the clique Besides these reiterations, all we get are a string of parties thrown by Hamilton and her boyfriend Alex showing up in each chapter In the end you understand why some of these things are built that way in the first part of the book, but overall the effect is A Boredom and B Frustration and not the good kind that makes me want to keep turning the pages I love the premise of the book, but I think the execution could have been way better Popular was a book i never imagined it to be Where do I start off In the beginning I thought to myself, this must be just another one of those girly books, where a certain girl try to rise in popularity by betraying another friend It certainly wasn t At first I thought to myself, where in the world is this plot heading to Was there even a plot Until this one event, and everything made sense and was put into place The big twist at the end would make fish fly and frogs blue This is truly Popular was a book i never imagined it to be Where do I start off In the beginning I thought to myself, this must be just another one of those girly books, where a certain girl try to rise in popularity by betraying another friend It certainly wasn t At first I thought to myself, where in the world is this plot heading to Was there even a plot Until this one event, and everything made sense and was put into place The big twist at the end would make fish fly and frogs blue This is truly a magnificent book I coudln t put it down, but then I kind of had to.for sleep D Hamilton and her clique rule at Fidelity High, where students anxiously scan her party lists to learn if they are invited It s senior year and Hamilton wants things to stay as they are forever Not so, however for the others in the clique Olivia, her best friend since kindergarten, goth leaning Zelda, subdued Nordica, or social climbing Shelly, each of whom have turned on Hamilton and are trying to bring her down Hamilton s boyfriend Alex knows a secret about Hamilton the four girls don t and Hamilton and her clique rule at Fidelity High, where students anxiously scan her party lists to learn if they are invited It s senior year and Hamilton wants things to stay as they are forever Not so, however for the others in the clique Olivia, her best friend since kindergarten, goth leaning Zelda, subdued Nordica, or social climbing Shelly, each of whom have turned on Hamilton and are trying to bring her down Hamilton s boyfriend Alex knows a secret about Hamilton the four girls don t and struggles to maintain the equilibrium of the group while keeping her secret but not committing to being there for her forever About two thirds through the book the narrative shifts from alternating chapters by the girls to Alex s point of view, and it is here the reader learns what is really going on The girls chapters are tedious reading, filled with typical teenage angst and infighting and some confusing scenes involving Alex The pace quickens when Alex picks up the story, filling in some of the holes and taking the reader to a very inconclusive conclusion While the last third of the book has a real twist and enters territory not often part of YA literature, most of the book meanders, leaving one to wonder what is the point Grammatical errors and unrealistic dialogue make this largely mediocre, although readers who plough through will find food for thought in the handling of Hamilton s secret I would normally stay far away from books that sound like typical high school drama stories they are often egregiously exaggerated and predictable , but the reviews for this book hinted at a shocking revelation that changes the complete course of the novel How could I resist after seeing that I must admit that I skimmed through the first half of the book, carefully reading just the first five or so chapters before the four different POV s got on my nerves and I felt bored Once I got to the tw I would normally stay far away from books that sound like typical high school drama stories they are often egregiously exaggerated and predictable , but the reviews for this book hinted at a shocking revelation that changes the complete course of the novel How could I resist after seeing that I must admit that I skimmed through the first half of the book, carefully reading just the first five or so chapters before the four different POV s got on my nerves and I felt bored Once I got to the twist, however, my interest was piqued I appreciated how this book addressed an issue that is not normally found in fiction novels, and I m surprised that Alissa Grosso managed to handle this subject so well This twist added a great deal of depth to the story and transformed it from a Mean Girls special to a haunting, desperate, and hopeful tale about identity.Readers interested in psychology would enjoy this book Holy crow, THE TWIST I didn t expect the twist I don t want to give anything away, so all I can say about it is GOSFQAETOGWREST Told from the five perspectives of five different girls, you would think that Popular was just another Mean Girls knock off But before you write it off there is something in this book that will completely throw you for a loop I can t say muchwithout giving it away, but the Fidelity High Clique is not what it seems While all the other girls just want to get away from Hamilton and be themselves, Hamilton is scared to death of the end of high school and what lies beyond There is somethi Told from the five perspectives of five different girls, you would think that Popular was just another Mean Girls knock off But before you write it off there is something in this book that will completely throw you for a loop I can t say muchwithout giving it away, but the Fidelity High Clique is not what it seems While all the other girls just want to get away from Hamilton and be themselves, Hamilton is scared to death of the end of high school and what lies beyond There is something very dark troubling Hamilton, and she will do whatever it takes to cling to the present, to feel safe, where her dreams can t be shattered.My first impression of this book was, here we go again, another cheesy high school drama But then things started to get interesting, and then I d say around page 215 the book totally knocked me upside the head I m not going to give away the insane twist in this book, but let me just say that it was such a crazy spin that I physically reacted to it and actually said, Ohhh myyy god what the out loud Yes, it was that good If you can get through some of thetedious and cheesy sections of Part 1, trust me when I say it is well worth the wait to find out how the entire thing goes downSee the FULL review LC s Adventures in Libraryland