Monday, November 17, 2008

Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

Five Paw prints!!! Jessie Lou has a small family. She lives with her grandfather who loves her dearly but is worried about his favorite hardware store being forced to close, her older sister who is beautiful and wants to be a beauty queen, and her mother who wants her older daughter to be a star. That leaves Jessie Lou with just her good grades and her poems because her family is too busy for her and she doesn’t have any friends at school. But there is one boy in school she wishes she were friends with. Conrad Parker Smith. More importantly, she wishes Conrad Parker Smith knew she was alive. Conrad Parker Smith is the most popular boy in school. Everyone wants to be his friend, be on his team, be his partner in school, and just be with him all the time. One day Conrad hurts his leg and he can no long keep up with the other kids. The teacher decides Jessie Lou should be the student to help Conrad because they live on the same rural street. But is it possible for Jessie Lou to become brave enough to talk to Conrad to help him the way the teacher wants? This book is wonderful. I think at some point in everyone’s life a person feels like Jessie Lou. Lost and alone. But even Conrad, no matter how popular he is, also feels lost and alone. So the questions Jessie Lou has to answer are, is it worse to always feel lost and alone or is it worse to know popularity only to become lost and alone? And, does she want to remain lost and alone or does she want to risk making a friend? To be honest…this is probably one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. If you like this book visit to try more wonderful stories.

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