Sorry, we’re a Dr. Seuss family and well, it just worked. Would you could you on a blog? Would you could you in the fog? If that’s someone asking you to learn about, buy and DEVOUR Populazzi then the answer is YES!
Congrats to Deb Elise on the launch of her YA/MAA (Hey, I loved the book and I’m a middle aged adult, so I think the genre is perfectly legit) book called Populazzi. From The Elise Allen Populazzi website:
WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you had the chance to erase your past and reinvent yourself as the person you’ve always wanted to be? Would you grab it? Would you stick with it, no matter what the consequences?
Cara Leonard always wished she could be one of those girls: confident, self-possessed, and never at a loss for the perfect thing to say. One of the Populazzi.
It always seemed impossible… but now could be her chance.
When Cara moves to a new school just before junior year, her best friend urges her to seize the opportunity and change her life… with the help of The Ladder. Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms herself into the perfect girlfriend for guys higher and higher on the Popularity Tower, she can reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi, the most popular girl in school.
The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment — a straight climb up — but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted. And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.
I read Populazzi and really enjoyed it, all while thanking the good Lord above I am not in high school circa 2011. And I thought not having hair that would feather like Farrah Fawcett’s was a big problem? Cara and her schoolmates face far bigger and more important (and socially relevant) hurdles than I imagined as a teen. Deb Elise tackles popularity with perfection. And she also makes the reader think about the ramifications of divorce, blended families, parental love and acceptance, bullying among peers, drug use, the true meaning of love both amorous and platonic and so much more. Her setting in suburban Philly rings (Liberty bell joke!) true because Deb Elise hails from the city of brotherly love. As a plus? Anytime you can weave TastyKakes into a story, I’m with you!
So congrats to Deb Elise. Buy the book in your favorite format as soon as you can.