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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blog Tour: Guest Post by Elise Allen (Author of Populazzi)

I'm today's stop on Elise Allen's Blog Tour for Populazzi. Please welcome Elise as she shares with readers the Popularity Tower levels in her book

Elise Allen has among the most random television-writing resumes ever, with credits that run the gamut from Cosby to Dinosaur Train. She recently fulfilled one of her many life’s ambitions by writing for the Muppets. Another ambition, anytime-access to Disneyland’s Club 33, is for the moment still a pipe dream. Elise has a sick penchant for running marathons, and can’t seem to stop even though fifteen really should be enough already. She lives in L.A. with her husband, daughter, and insatiable food-hound of a dog, Riley. For more, visit or follow Elise on Twitter at

Hi, Tina! Thanks for having me on the blog! Today I’m offering up a Quiz based on the Popularity Tower levels in my book, Populazzi.

Where would you place on the popularity tower? Read on and find out!

1. As you read this, you are surrounded by:

A. A crowd of friends and wanna-bes.

B. No idea – you’re too lost in your own deep thoughts to pay attention to what or who is around you.

C. One to three BFF’s, all laughing with you at inside jokes Star Wars Marathon!

D. A herd of life-sized Thestrals you built with Legos.

2. Your greatest fear is…

A. Waking up unpopular.

B. Probably going to happen. It’s a bleak world, and the worst thing you can imagine will most likely smack you in the face.

C. Your best friends moving away and leaving you with no one.

D. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” {You say this, of course, in a Yoda voice.}

3. The perfect boyfriend/girlfriend….

A. …will make everyone else seethe with jealousy.

B. …won’t want to talk much – would rather think deep thoughts and hook up.

C. …will totally fit in with my friends.

D. …can speak Klingon.

4. Your idea of a perfect Saturday night is:

A. Dancing at the hottest club in town.

B. Sitting outside and pondering the meaninglessness of it all.

C. Watching goofy movies and eating pizza with your closest friends

D. “Star Wars Marathon! All six movies, no stopping – who’s with me?”

5. What do you love most about high school?

A. Hello! You own the place.

B. Unfair question. You can’t love something you don’t think about, and you don’t think about high school. You have deeper things on your mind.

C. You love your group of friends, but the whole popularity thing is pretty awful.

D. High school sucks, but it’s a blip. You get to have real life -- in twenty years, your graduating class will wish they were you.


If you answered mostly A’s, you are a POPULAZZI, the highest level on the Popularity Tower. You are the social scene, and you’re adored and feared in equal parts by everyone else at school. Your status is your top priority, and you calculate every move to maintain it.

If you answered mostly B’s, you are a DANGER ZONE. You’re too deep, dark, and brooding to pay attention to the social scene, but it pays attention to you. You exude cool, even though you wouldn’t be caught dead actively trying to do so.

If you answered mostly C’s, you are a CUBBY CREW. These small groups of close friends are held together by common interests (i.e. Theater Geeks) or long-term BFF-ships. Together, a Cubby Crew’s members shine; without their group, each member struggles, lost in the wider social scene.

If you answered mostly D’s, you are a HAPPY HOPELESS. If you’re into something, you go 100% fanboy/fangirl, no matter how dorky it makes you look. Are you at the bottom of the popularity tower? Sure. Would you trade your life for the Populazzi’s? Never in a million years.

Where did you end up? Shoot me an email and let me know – I’d love to hear!

Want to know more about the Popularity Tower levels, and how one girl climbs her way through them? Check out Populazzi and give it a read!

Thanks for stopping by Elise!

POPULAZZI by Elise Allen
Pub. Date: August 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover , 400pp
Age Range: Young Adult

What would you do if you had the chance to erase your past and reinvent yourself as the person you’ve always wanted to be? Would you grab it? Would you stick with it, no matter what the consequences?

Cara Leonard always wished she could be one of those girls: confident, self-possessed, and never at a loss for the perfect thing to say. One of the Populazzi.

It always seemed impossible… but now could be her chance.

When Cara moves to a new school just before junior year, her best friend urges her to seize the opportunity and change her life… with the help of The Ladder. Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms herself into the perfect girlfriend for guys higher and higher on the Popularity Tower, she can reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi, the most popular girl in school.

The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment — a straight climb up — but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted. And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.


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