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Parents' Guide to

The Hot List

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

A fresh look at tween obsession with being in the in crowd.

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THE HOT LIST effectively tackles a real scourge of middle school: popularity obsession. It offers a realistic portrayal of peer pressure, mean-girl behavior, and tween angst through well-drawn, relatively complex kid characters who struggle with these issues. The adult characters are more like ciphers, if not AWOL altogether. Sophie's dad, the school principal, remains clueless about the Hot List craze that has completely consumed the student body and unaware that his daughter is having trouble accepting his new girlfriend and her daughter, a school rival. Lessons learned don't come from grownups here but from the kids themselves, as when Squid shows Sophie that giving up his dorky friends is too high a price to pay for being in the in crowd.

Book Details

  • Author: Hillary Homzie
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: March 8, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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