Not only that, but it suddenly seems that Arlene doesn't have time for her anymore, and she has an unbearable crush on Jason who doesn't have any idea who she is (until now, that is). Worst of all, nothing's felt the same since Sara's dad left home. It all has Sara wondering if things will ever return to normal -- especially if she can't even remember what normal feels like. Sara can't figure out why it seems that everyone else has it easier than she does - would things be better if she were popular? Sara decides that if she can't beat 'em then she'll join 'em -- and she hatches a top secret mission to become....Class Favorite.
CLASS FAVORITE is a cute, fun story about a middle school girl who suffers all sorts of humiliations over a short time. Sara Thurman quickly goes from being invisible to wishing she was when her mother sends her flowers at school to congratulate her on getting her period. Suffering in private would have been bad enough, but who spilled the beans to the entire school? Well, her best friend, Arlene, was the only person she told& (Side note: I know theyre in Texas, in what seems to be a small town, but, honestly, how many middle school girls are named Arelene??).
From there, it seems to be one humiliation after another. Unfortunately, she doesnt even have her best friend to help her through it all, as theyre fighting. Shes made a new friend, Kirstie, but, well, Kirstie may not be all that she seems. Sara also really wants to win the title of Class Favorite in the yearbook, beating out nice, popular Rosemary who won it the year before. Also, she has a huge crush on Jason, a popular boy at school. Being humiliated in front of the entire school doesnt exactly help with being Class Favorite or getting Jason to notice her in a way that doesnt involve her total humiliation.
This is a story about a girl who wants to be popular, and things dont go her way. Thats nothing new, really, and the twist at the end was kind of predictable. However, its still enjoyable, and Sara is a relatable character. Its a fun read, and one that the target audience (middle school girls) will probably enjoy more than I did. Its not one of those middle grade titles that can cross over to be loved by all age groups, but its not bad. Taylor Morriss writing is good and funny, and CLASS FAVORITE at least helped me pass a couple of otherwise boring hours laughing.
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All that Sara Thurman wants is to be popular. Unfortunately for her, disaster after disaster (or as disastrous as middle school can get) comes her way. Sara keeps on getting publicly humiliated, which doesnt help her goal at all, or so she thinks.
It all starts when she becomes a woman. Saras mom finds this out and sends Sara flowers. Unfortunately, the flowers reach the wrong destination, Saras middle school to be exact, and everyone finds out about Saras secret. Sara puts all the blame on her best friend Arlene because Arlene was the only person she told the secret to. Soon, another friendship develops with the new girl Kirstie, who helps Sara create a list of everything that will help Sara become popular.
When I first read the cover of this book, I thought oh no, not another one of these. But I was glad when it turned out that the main character was not one of those popular girls with all their problems, but someone from the opposite end of the spectrum, the girl with few friends who wishes she was more popular. I also did not expect the ending of this novel, but it was better than the ending I expected.
Saras character is very believable, and so are her issues dealing with her friends, family, school, and boys. Theres a much drama as there can be in a middle school, but I found that some of Saras issues were overdramatized. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this novel, including that popularity is overrated and that people arent always who you expect them to be. I liked watching Sara grow and mature, and overall, this book was a good read. I recommend this for middle schoolers, and even if you are older, I think you can still enjoy this.