A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the famous Vine celebrity Lele Pons wrote Surviving High School with best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz. Inspired by her life and successful Vines, the Lele Pons character in the story tries to balance the challenges of high school with her rising Internet fame. Teens smoke, drink, talk about hooking up and losing their virginity, and use strong language including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "see you next Tuesday" (a secret way of saying "c--t"), and more. There's hardly any violence except for Lele's daydreams where she imagines beating up her enemies or her boyfriend for possibly cheating on her. The story may be predictable and references tons of brands, but teens will see the importance of celebrating their individuality and finding a healthy balance with media and technology.
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What's the story?
Inspired by her real-life experiences and popular Vines, Lele Pons wonders if SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL could ever be as easy as creating a clever video. As she goes from bullied loner to the most popular girl in school, Lele must learn how to balance the drama of mean girls and cute boys with her rising celebrity status. Can she make it through her junior year of high school without getting carried away by the perks of Internet fame?
Is it any good?
Vine star Lele Pons relies on her self-deprecating humor, annoying acronyms and hashtags, and an abundance of pop culture references to tell a superficial high school story. While she celebrates her individuality and encourages others to do the same, her obsession with her appearance negates the positive body-image messages she may be trying to impart to her readers.
Although the Lele in the book is fictional, her #DoItForTheVine mentality comes across as selfish and arrogant especially when she neglects her friends and schoolwork and provides insincere apologies and excuses for her behavior. While there aren't many useful tips for surviving high school, Lele's rise in popularity -- both online and offline -- and self-esteem issues show teens how important it is to find a healthy balance with media and technology.
Talk to your kids about ...
Lele Pons already has millions of followers on social media. Why publish a book, too? Are there other Vine celebs that you think should get a chance at a book? Or would they do better to stick with the platform that made them famous?
If you're unfamiliar with Lele's lingo, Common Sense Education's Digital Glossary can help you decode the hashtags and digital slang.
- Authors: Lele Pons, Melissa de la Cruz
- Genre: Coming of Age
- Topics: Friendship, High School
- Book type: Fiction
- Publication date: April 5, 2016
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
- Number of pages: 272
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: September 25, 2020
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