I wrote this review for Not Your Mother's Bookclub, which, by the way, is a really cool site! Check it out! Anyway, I'm reposting it here.
Meg Cabot's How To Be Popular certainly won't disappoint fans of the brilliant author, and will hook new readers on her books. In this novel, Meg Cabot introduces a new character, Steph Landry. Since the sixth grade, one incident involving Lauren Moffat's new skirt and a red Super Big Gulp has haunted Steph. Everywhere she goes, people say "Don't be such a Steph!" or "That was so Steph!" or "Don't pull a Steph." In her town, her name is synonymous with embarrassment, idiocy, and anything along those lines.
When she finds a book in the attic of her best friend Jason's grandmother, Steph thinks she has the chance to turn her life around. What did she find? An old book called How To Be Popular , of course! Following its advice, Steph is on her way to the top. People know who she is, and not just for the red Super Big Gulp thing or from the expressions made popular by Lauren (who, by the way, did get a new skirt!). She's invited to parties. She sits at a table with the popular kids. Becoming popular was easier than she thought. Can she keep up her new reputation? Does she even want to?
This book is just as funny, interesting, and a must-read as Meg Cabot's other books, and readers will not be disappointed by Steph Landry, either. This book is sure to become very, very popular--and the story wouldn't exist without the help of the original How To Be Popular, found in Kitty's attic! It was a little predictable, but still a fun, entertaining read. Meg Cabot's newest book will capture the attention of even the most reluctant of readers, and keep their attention until the end. It's a page-turner, that's for sure.
If you're a Meg Cabot fan, you'll love it. If not, well, you'll have a new favorite author after reading this book!