Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow

Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang have had enough: they're ready to be popular. Sure, they're best friends, but they've come to the decision that this is the year that they will finally infiltrate the popular groups at school and become popular kids themselves. In order to keep track of what they learn, Lydia writes it down and Julie illustrates it - and that's what makes up The Popularity Papers. But will Lydia and Julie be able to balance being popular with being themselves?

This book is delightful. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The 'morals' behind the story (it's more important to be yourself than to be popular, and it's better to have a really good friend than a bunch of shallow friends) aren't new, especially in middle grade books, but it's how the story is told that makes it so wonderful. I love the art style and how its worked seamlessly into the story - it's completely organic and never feels like a gimmick (it feels like this is the only way that this story could be told). I love both Lydia and Julie (two very different girls) and their families. I can't wait to read the next book, and to see more from Amy Ignatow.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Beat the Band by Don Calame
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm
The Popularity Papers: The Long-Distance Dispatch Between Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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