Came out: April 4, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Age group: Young Adult
At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is the queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone’s life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her. For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don’t even know she exists. But one lunch spent at Britney’s table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity. But Britney’s friendship comes with a high price tag. How much is April willing to pay?
The first step to overcoming an addiction is admitting that you have a problem. My addiction is to those shallow, all-about-popularity books that girls so readily snatch up and devour.
The main character was kind of shallow in the beginning and the middle of the book. It wasn’t until the end that I found myself liking her and I was proud of the choices she made. I loved hearing the girls’ stories about how they were shunned and humiliated by Britney because of a simple mistake or complete lie.
Although this isn’t the type of book that I usually reread or pick up unless I am completely bored, I was amused by this. While not hilarious as promised, I found myself giggling at April’s descriptions of herself, especially as a “tissue-wasting, size-34C-obsessed bosom sculptor.” I did find the names a little stereotypical. Britney, Jessica, Brianna? Commonly overused.
Personally, I found it similar to a beach book. The type of book that is a light, shallow, quick read and is great for when you need a way to pass the time and are looking for entertainment. I liked this book, but I didn’t fall in love with it. However, the characters were good and the descriptions okay. If I were to rate this book on a scale of one to five, I would say a solid three.
Recommended for anybody who likes: Mean Girls, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, beach reads, etc,.
Possible book club questions:
Why do you think that so many people are so desperate to be popular?
Do you think that April was justified in her revenge and the choices that she made?
Why do you think Britney changed the way she did? Do you believe that her mother is a bad mother for telling her those things?