The Popularity Code by Stephanie Faris

 The Popularity Code by Stephanie Faris, Simon and Schuster, 9781534445208, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Realistic  fiction

What did you like about the book?  The Popularity Code dives into a world that is so familiar; social media, the rise to popularity, and how to change when you know you have made a mistake. Faith Taylor wants to be popular. When a new website called Slambook starts dishing about the popular kids at school, she wants to be part of it. Unfortunately, the deeper she gets into the online platform the harder it is to separate herself. Where is the line?

Stephanie Faris does an excellent job of illustrating the cyber bullying culture that is often prevalent in middle school and high school settings. With technology on the rise and access at teen’s fingertips, she illustrates how that can be a dangerous weapon. One reason I enjoyed this book is because although she shows the negative sides, she also proves how you can make things right. I think this book is relatable for many teen readers and shows what can happen when you push things on the internet too far.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No. 

To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to any student who enjoys the internet and social media.  It is also great to use for educators when focusing on internet curriculum. If you have enjoyed other books by Stephanie Faris, this book will not disappoint!

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries, Elementary schools, Middle Schools

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Marisa Marion, Locke Middle School, Billerica MA

Date of review: 2/8/2020

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