PAISLEY HANOVER ACTS OUT by Cameron Tuttle

PAISLEY HANOVER ACTS OUT

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Paisley Hanover is on the fringe of Pleasant Hill High’s popular crowd, aka the Pops. Trying to cement her social status, she signs up for the Pop elective Yearbook, but ends up in the Unpop Drama. Befriending the Unpops in her class, she attempts to straddle the boundaries between the two groups. When the Pops predictably bully some Unpops, Paisley becomes furious. Under a pseudonym, Miss UnPleasant, Paisley starts a socially aware anonymous column for the school paper. Fueled by her newfound cause, Paisley decides to run for school president, but will she be able to maintain her secret and fight her cause at the same time? Included after the novel is her “Not Book,” a clever addendum that follows her antics (though it may have been more effective juxtaposed alongside the narrative). Spunky and fun for the most part, Tuttle’s tale offers formulaic social commentary, which starts with a bang and ends with a bit of a whimper. Flaws aside, however, Paisley is a feisty and compelling heroine to whom female readers will respond. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3342-2
Page count: 356pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2008