When Dorie’s family moves from California to New Jersey, Dorie realizes that she has a unique opportunity. She can redo her image and change from an unpopular nerd to a member of the popular clique. Being a scientifically minded individual, she decides to do her research and make a plan for how to become popular. When she stumbles upon the most popular clique in the school (what she calls the “Holly Trinity”), Dorie studies their behavior to determine what unifying characteristic makes them all popular. She is surprised to discover that the only thing they have in common is that they have all dated and been dumped by the same guy. If Dorie can do the same, she’ll surely get into their clique! But first she has to get Grant Braddish to ask her out. . . .
This is definitely my favorite tween realistic fiction book. Dorie is smart and funny, and anyone who is or has been a middle-school-age girl will relate to the situations she gets tangled up in. I highly recommend this book to middle grade readers who enjoy realistic fiction!