Book Review - The Mosts by Melissa Senate

Saturday June 26, 2010

The Mosts
by Melissa Senate
June 8, 2010
Delacorte Press
Goodreads Summary: Madeline finished freshman year at Freeport Academy just as invisible as when she started. But after a summer in Italy with her sophisticated aunt, she returned as a sophomore with cool clothes, European attitude, and a hot new boyfriend, Thom.

Maddie's part of the in crowd . . . the Mosts. Her best friend, Caro? Most Beautiful. Her other friends, Fergie, Annie, and Selena? Most Stylish, Most Hilarious, and Most Hot, respectively. And Madeline? Most Popular. Her life is great. While it lasted...

Now Thom's moved to California-so Maddie's no longer the girlfriend of a popular guy. The guy Caro likes only has eyes for Madeline-can you say social suicide? And a group of misfits at school are begging Madeline to help make them over.

Madeline knows there's a fine line between being a Most . . . and being a Not. She doesn't want her status to change . . . but what if she doesn't have a choice?

Review: Summer is the time for those fun reads that you can finish in one or two afternoons while lying out in the sun and enjoying a lazy summer day.  The Mosts by Melissa Senate is a fun, fast read that will keep you turning the pages.

Sophomore Madeline Echols has it pretty good. After spending the summer with her aunt in Italy following her eighth grade year, Madeline went from a shy nobody to a sophisticated "Most" along with a hot boyfriend and the most popular kids in school as her friends.

When her uber-popular boyfriend Thom has to move across the country to sunny California, Madeline is sure they can make it work. When things start going downhill Madeline decides its time to visit Thom and her Dads wedding is the perfect excuse. But flying all the way to California is expensive and her mom and step-dads dairy farm isn't exactly made of money.

When a group of misfits enlist Madeline's help to keep them off of the "Most Nots" list at school, she has a way to earn the money for that ticket to sunny California. As Madeline prepares to help her protegees get noticed (in a good way!) she wonders if her own popularity is on the line. Was she only popular because of Thom? Her popular friends have seemed hot and cold lately and Madeline is starting to wonder...

If you enjoy movies like Mean Girls and books where the dynamics of high school popularity can make or break you, then this books if for you! Madeline is very likable and real...dealing with trying to do whats right while balancing the insecurities that most teens deal with. Family, friends, boys and school...can Madeline have it all and still stay true to herself?

Recommended for ages 12 and up