Publisher: Aladdin M!X
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Source of my copy: author
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Popularity has its pitfalls, and Polly is discovering them firsthand in this middle-grade M!X novel.
Polly Pierce likes being the second-most popular girl at Winston Academy, right after her BFF, Kelsy. Popularity comes with special privileges, like a seat at the best table in the cafeteria and a coveted spot on the planning committee for the school’s big talent show competition, Groove It Up! And since all Polly has to do is agree with whatever Kelsy says, being popular is easy—even if kids do call her “Plastic Polly” behind her back.
But when a freak accident takes Kelsy out of the picture, Polly is suddenly in charge of the Groove It Up! committee. She’s not prepared for her new status—and neither is anyone else. Backstabbing friends, an intimidating crush, and diva demands from an injured Kelsy all threaten to derail Polly’s plans. Can she prove to everyone—and herself—that she has a personality of her own?
Plastic Polly surprised me in a good way--I was expecting a fluff kind of read but it turned out to be so much more.
I read Plastic Polly in one sitting. It was really, really good! As Polly got herself in sticky situations, I wanted to see how everything will work out in the end. Plastic Polly had more meat, more substance than some of the middle grade novels I've read in the same vein.
Polly's voice felt authentic and I saw middle grade myself in her. There was one part where Polly said "I wasn't trying to be totally fake... but I've noticed that people sometimes get upset when you disagree with them... So, in my opinion it's just easier to agree with people." And that perfectly described me at thirteen.
Plastic Polly explored themes of friendship, popularity, a mother-daughter relationship, family relationships, standing and speaking up for yourself and stepping out of your shell. I'm sure most middle grade girls will find something in the story they can relate to.
I don't have any complaints about it. I really enjoyed Plastic Polly--the whole time I was reading it, it played like a Disney Channel movie in my head so I want the Disney Channel to adapt into a movie. That being said, I am passing this book on to my little sister who is starting middle school in the fall. Don't let the fluffy cover deter you, this book is so much more. Plastic Polly was a delightful, highly engaging, kick-back-and-relax kind of read.