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Tween Tuesday: The Hot List by Hillary Homzie

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 3/8/2011

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About the Book: Sophie can feel her friendship with best friend Maddie changing now that they're in seventh grade. Maddie is hanging out with popular girl Nia more and Sophie will do anything to keep things the same. So when she suggests posting their secret "Hot List" at the school, Sophie thinks their secret will keep them close. Instead, it propels the "Hot List" into the ultimate decision list for the middle school and now someone else is adding to the list. Not knowing what else to do, Sophie makes a bet with Nia that she can get anyone on the list. So Nia challenges Sophie to transform dorky, not cool Squid into a Hot Lister, or else embarrass herself in front of her crush.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: At it's core, The Hot List is a story about friendship. Middle school is a strange time to navigate friendships as people change and find new interests, and Hillary Homzie nails that awkwardness perfectly. You don't want to give up the friends you've always known, but how do you let go and make new ones? And can you actually be friends with someone new? And what about being popular and cool-doesn't that count for everything?

What I liked most was the story with Squid and being true to yourself. This isn't a makeover story where the makeover changes them for good, but instead, the makeover helps them see what was best to begin with.

At times the story seemed to not know exactly what it wanted to be, but it got there in the end. Sophie learns to be confident, which I think middle schoolers can relate to. A fun, light tween read perfect for readers looking for a book about tricky middle school friendships.


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  1. I really liked The Hot List! Thanks for the review.

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  3. This books looks really good for girls navigating middle school. I know it was a crazy time for me and finding true friends!

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  4. Ah middle school friendships - too true we need a guide in that time!

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  5. "Tricky middle school friendships"--that was definitely my intended heart of the book. Thanks for summing it up so well!
    Hillary
    www.hillaryhomzie.com

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