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Monday, July 25, 2011

How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler

This book has a tired concept, the girl who shuts herself off in order not to be hurt, but this book accomplishes it beautifully. Sugar Magnolia Dempsey, Maggie for short, has been moved around her entire life by her hippie go-where-the-wind-takes-us parents. When they end up to Austin, Texas, she knows better than to get involved with anyone before she moves again. After all, she's just had her heart broken by her now ex-boyfriend. But as she attempts to humiliate herself and avoid romance, she, of course, sets trends and is getting hit on constantly.

However, what sets this book apart is the well-developed characters with intense personalities. There are characters that are added in for no real purpose, but even those throw-away characters have personalities, habits, and quirks. This book had a very predictable plot, but it was the sheer obscenity of the things Maggie does to separate herself from the rest of her high school that kept me reading, as well as laughing, all the way to the end. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light summer read.

Rating: 8 of 10

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