SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL by Lele Pons

SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL

Age Range: 12 - 15
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Vine star Pons crafts a high school novel with herself as protagonist.

Lele Pons is your typical social media star: pretty, quirky, insecure, and sensitive. She stumbles her way through high school by day and carves out an Internet presence for herself by night. When her parents transfer her from a small Catholic school to a large Miami public school, conspicuously blonde Latina Lele makes the best of things, acquiring a black friend, a mean-white-girl enemy, and a pretty-white-boy crush. Lele does her best to balance her school life with her escalating Internet fandom, one that explodes over the course of the school year. Pons and co-author de la Cruz craft an unremarkable narrative; the characters are all fairly one-note, and nothing really dramatic ever happens. Crushes blossom and wither while friendships deepen, but a new spoke is never added to that tired wheel. Pons uses the quick wit developed by her Vines to move things forward at a remarkable pace, constantly sprinkling in silly asides—as well as hashtags, Webspeak, and references to her Rapunzel-like hair. She puts an inordinate emphasis on the value of physical attractiveness, financial gain, and fame. Lele wants to be a famous actress, emphasis on famous, with little interest in theater or the acting craft, which may play well to her fans but will alienate her fellow aspiring thespians.

A by-the-numbers high school story with shallow characters and misplaced values. (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: April 5th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5011-2053-4
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2016




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