Win a Popular prize pack! Details at the end of this post.


Popularity has its privileges, but an ideal high school schedule isn’t one of them. So, being the number two person to the number one girl in the school is not enough to save me from the sheer pointlessness of a mid-morning study hall in my senior year. In fact, being second in command does not entitle one to much of anything, like for instance knowing when your best friend is throwing her next party or who was lucky enough to make the guest list, as Chance Avanale proved when he burst through the door into study hall a good thirty or so seconds after the bell sounded, looking not contrite, but more like someone who has just won the World Series. I guess that’s kind of what it feels like.

Okay, so I’ve never once had to wonder whether or not I would make Hamilton’s guest list, or known the unmitigated thrill of seeing my name posted there for the very first time, but I do know that magic feeling of being chosen by the great Hamilton–although my magic moment came before anyone else’s. Hamilton chose me all the way back in kindergarten.

Excerpt© 2011 Alissa Grosso

About the book:

For reigning popularity queen Hamilton Best, the very idea of a graduation is filled with fear. As high school draws to a close, Hamilton is about to lose everything that makes her who she is. To make matters worse, the clique is slowly coming apart at the seams. Although the hand-picked members – Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly – all have their own agendas, desires, and secrets, they do have one thing in common: they’re desperate to break away from Hamilton. Yet Hamilton has the biggest and most shocking secret of all. If the truth got out, it would completely destroy her fragile world. And she’ll do anything to keep that from happening.

Released: May 8, 2011

About the author:

At various points in her working life Alissa has been a tavern wench, a term paper writer, a newspaper editor and a children’s librarian. She owns very few garments that aren’t covered with cat or dog hair. She lives in New Jersey. She belongs to The Class of 2K11, The KidLit Authors Club, The Elevensies and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Popular is her first novel.


Alissa has been kind enough to contribute a Popular prize pack for a giveaway! The prize pack includes a sweet pencil case with some signed Popular bookmarks, some Popular buttons, and other assorted supplies:

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The contest is open in the US and Canada and ends on May 31st at midnight EST.

Good luck and happy reading!