Be warned: This is my name dropping post.

But I'm also acknowleging a book you won't want to drop 'til it's done, so I feel justified.

Coming out next week is a young adult book by writer Elise Allen called Populazzi.

I worked with Elise on Saved By the Bell: The New Class.

Since then, Elise has gone on to write Barbie movies, produce Dinosaur Train episodes, be nominated for an Emmy, run marathons, write for the Muppets, exercise with Richard Simmons, write a best selling book Elixir with Hilary Duff and now... she has her own book out!

Set in highschool, this is not just another tween romance. It's sassy, witty and poignant. I could be saying that just because Elise Allen also happens to be sassy, witty and poignant, but I'm not. You'll just have to trust me on this... You know, because you've never met me and know me only from my writing here on the world wide web. There's no reason not to believe me 100%, right? 

(Seriously, it's a great read. More info below!)


What would you do if you had the chance to erase your past and reinvent yourself as the person you’ve always wanted to be?  Would you grab it?  Would you stick with it, no matter what the consequences?the consequences? Cara Leonard always wished she could be one of  those girls: confident, self-possessed, and never at a loss for the perfect thing to say.  One of the Populazzi.

It always seemed impossible… but now could be her chance.

When Cara moves to a new school just before junior year, her best friend urges her to seize the opportunity and change her life… with the help of The Ladder.  Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms herself into the perfect girlfriend for guys higher and higher on the Popularity Tower, she can reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi, the most popular girl in school.

The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment — a straight climb up — but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted.  And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.

Where to buy Populazzi


Barnes and Noble:  

Indie Bound:  http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780547481531 

Another writer friend of mine,
Jen Klein (who also has a young adult book coming out next year which I will gladly review) wrote a great post about Elise's book here. (That's her at the top of this post reading Elise's book!)

I'm essentially killing two birds with one stone:

1. I'm telling all of you to get your butts over to Amazon if you want a great summer read.
2. Get your butts over to Jen Klein's site because she's going to be the next big deal in Young Adult fiction.

And for the record here's my third stone.

3. I'm lazy today! I got kids to pick up! I've got dry cleaning to pick up! And you've got a book to pick up!

You can follow Elise and Jen on Twitter who will leave their Twitter addresses in my comment section. (Ahemmmmm.....).

Talk at you soon!