Populazzi by Elise Allen
Publication Date
August 1, 2011

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.

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In her first solo novel, Allen offers a smart mix of hilarity and tragedy in this Macbeth–meets–Mean Girls tale.
Publishers Weekly
The story unflinchingly depicts the dark and dangerous side of high-school popularity, making it a captivating read.
Kirkus Reviews
Hilarious, psychologically chewy, downright Machiavellian, and heartfelt in all the most satisfying ways. Populazzi had me blazing through pages. Elise Allen rocks!
Matthew Quick, New York Times Bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook
Fresh, funny, and sometimes wrenching, Populazzi nails what it’s like to try and find yourself while navigating the crazy world of high school. I loved it.
Hilary Duff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Elixir Trilogy
Populazzi is a fresh, fun peek behind the popularity curtain.  Elise Allen is a welcome new voice in YA fiction and Populazzi is destined to climb the best seller lists.
Eileen Cook, Author of The Education of Hailey Kendrick