Written by: Elise Allen
Released: August 1, 2011 by Harcourt Children’s Books
Summary: Cara has always dreamed of being a Populazzi, one of the popular crowd. But it’s not until she changes schools that she gets a shot at it, thanks to her best friend Claudia’s crazy plan. The idea is simple: The rungs of The Ladder are relationships. First get a boyfriend who's ranked low, then climb up through more boyfriends until you're not just one of the Populazzi, but the Supreme Populazzi. Yet what starts off as a fairy tale turns into a somewhat dark comedy of errors. Just when Cara reaches the top, her life hits rock bottom. She wonders why she wanted to be popular in the first place—and if there’s any way to live happily ever after now.
While I had problems with a few parts of this novel, it was a good debut with (mostly) great characters. It was well written and shows great promise for the author's future endeavours.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading about high school drama – a topic that’s never exhaustible. I give it a solid 6/10.
I received my copy via netGalley. Thank you to all who made that possible.