I have to say that this book surprised me. I was expecting something sort of like the A-List by Zoey Dean, and it did have some errors, but it was really good. I really enjoyed this read. Yes, it was definitely chick-lit and somewhat superficial, but omg it had a moral to the story! It was decently written. I loved the voice of Winter. It reminded me of when I was in high school and all the things I used to think about the uber-popular kids.
The story goes…two bff’s plan through an entire summer on how they will become part of the popular posse. They make charts, they read a lot of books about being popular and they practice what they will say to certain questions. The only problem is Sloane wants to be popular and Winter thinks she wants to be popular. And of course, when school starts Sloane falls in with the populars and Winter gets left in the dust.
Winter’s mom owns a local cafe that sells healthy/herbal smoothies, etc., and a new boy,Rey, comes to town that her mom hires. Winter and Rey become pretty good friends. He sits with her at lunch and pretty much takes up the role that Sloane has left. Not until another girl shows interest in Rey does she actually see him. She’s too busy watching the popular kids to even see what is in front of her. She’s started a blog telling all of Sloane’s secrets. She makes sure to disguise everyone’s name including her own. She calls herself Eleanor Rigby (after the Beatles song).
Much chaos ensues, and Winter finds that not only can she not talk to Rey about her feelings for him, but he has found himself a girlfriend. She has to find out what she wants and how to get there. Lots of mistakes are made, plus some major life lessons learned. All in all a good book this makes.
I enjoyed the perspective of Winter throughout this book. Noel did a good job of maintaining Winter’s personality throughout. Even though Winter went through a lot of changes, it was believable changes and the outcome was believable.