Surviving High School by Lele Pons and Melissa de la Cruz
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Published by: Gallery Books
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Vine superstar Lele Pons—“one of the coolest girls on the web” (Teen Vogue)—teams up with #1 New York Timesbestselling author Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost) in this lovable debut novel about the wilds and wonders ofhigh school that’s as laugh-out-loud addictive as Lele’s popular videos.
Ten million followers and I still sit alone at lunch. Lele is a bulls-eye target at her new school in Miami until, overnight, her digital fame catapults the girl with cheerleader looks, a seriously silly personality, and a self-deprecating funny bone into the popular crowd. Now she’s facing a whole new set of challenges—the relentless drama, the ruthless cliques, the unexpected internet celebrity—all while trying to keep her grades up and make her parents proud.
Filled with the zany enthusiasm that has made Lele into Vine’s most viewed star, this charming novel is proof that highschool is a trip. From crushing your crushes (what’s up with that hot transfer student Alexei??) to throwing Insta-fake parties with your BFFs and moaning over homework (GAH) with your frenemies, high school is a rollercoaster of exhilarating highs and totally embarrassing lows. Leave it to Lele to reassure us that falling flat on your face is definitely not the end of the world. Fans of Mean Girls will love this fun and heartwarming fish-out-of-water story.
Going into this story I had never heard off Lele Pons, nor Vine for that matter. This is a fictional story of her life through high school. I decided to read this book because it is co-written by author Melissa de la Cruz. Lele Pons is a teenage girl in high school. Not too popular but tries to not let that bother her anyway. She can come off as a bit conceited and full of herself but don’t all girls when they are a teenager? Lele tries to play it cool and come across as being confident but she’s just like every other teenage girl-full of self-doubt and insecure. Lele copes with high school life by poking fun at her own problems and posting short videos of it on Vine. Lele gets a high from seeing new followers. She starts out with zero followers, and as the chapters progress you can see the amount of followers progress. Lele has a knack for connecting with others through video. When it comes to real life, however, she can be socially awkward.
This book is full of the usual teenage problems: fitting in, boy crushes, popularity, etc. It is told in a way that is very easy for teenagers to relate to. This will definitely be a HUGE favorite for teenage girls. Brought me back to my awkward days of high school. It was like taking a trip down memory lane. I wouldn’t want to be a teenager in today’s world. The pressure is high. There is so much more to cope with and worry about with social media. Everyone is watching and judging every second of your life.
The story moved along very smoothly and quickly. It was easy to read and the chapters were broken down just right. They were just the right length. This is one of thise books that you can fly through. It was a fun read. The dialogue was very easy to follow and written in an way that is easy for teenagers to relate to.
I would highly recommend this book to those teenage girls who feel socially awkward and are just trying to find a way to cope with the stress of every day high school life. Lele will put your mind at ease and help you feel more relaxed knowing you are not the only one who has to go through these struggles. It is a fun read to get you through the struggles of every day life and help you feel a bit better about life in general.
About the Authors:
Lele Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved with her family to Miami when she was five years old. She got her start when she created a page on the video-sharing app Vine in December 2013. Originally intended as a fun outlet to showcase her creativity, her vines evolved into comedic sketches and pulling practical jokes on family and friends. Her following grew from five thousand local followers to more than ten million by November 2015.
Today she is one of the most recognizable names on social media, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Time, and more. Lele has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and a Streamy Award. In 2015, she was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama to help launch her campaign for disadvantaged kids to go to college. Lele graduated from high school in 2015 and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for readers of all ages, including the Witches of East End, Blue Bloods, and Descendants series.
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