The Popularity Papers: The Long-Distance Dispatch Between Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang Amy Ignatow
Lydia and Julie are ready to start Middle School, only, they won’t be doing it together! Lydia’s mom’s job is transferring her to London for 6 months!
Teens need to be much more appreciative about international moving. I’m just saying.
Anyway, in middle school, Julie becomes a member of the super-popular group, but they’re actually really mean to her. Lydia, trying and failing to fit in, forms a group of outcasts but bosses them around something terrible. (So, one is bullied, one’s a bully.) Lydia’s mom dates a British bloke and their friendship experiences some strains.
I love Lydia’s enthusiasm and Julie’s comments. I love the drawings and their friendship. I love that it’s a non-issue that Julie has 2 dads. I love that Henry wanted to name their crew the Scoobies, after Buffy.
Lydia and Julie just make me happy. I bet they’ll make you happy, too.
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