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Seventh-grader Alli longs to be popular, but fate keeps conspiring to make her totally uncool. Alli bares it all to her journal as she figures out where she fits in, and, most importantly, what it means to be a real friend. With a waterproof cover, this title makes ideal reading for the beach or by the pool.


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Seventh-grader Alli longs to be popular, but fate keeps conspiring to make her totally uncool. Alli bares it all to her journal as she figures out where she fits in, and, most importantly, what it means to be a real friend. With a waterproof cover, this title makes ideal reading for the beach or by the pool.

30 review for The Fashion Disaster that Changed my Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cat Conner

    Oh dear. I felt like I was back in high school reading this book. "The Fashion Disaster that Changed my Life" focuses on the junior high school woes of Alli, a girl who missed a significant portion of sixth grade and now can't find her place in the seventh. Even worse, Alli shows up to the first day of school with a pair of her mother's panties clinging to her sweatpants. Alli must deal with this tragedy and endure the ridicule of her classmates. Alli even has to deal with ridicule from her best Oh dear. I felt like I was back in high school reading this book. "The Fashion Disaster that Changed my Life" focuses on the junior high school woes of Alli, a girl who missed a significant portion of sixth grade and now can't find her place in the seventh. Even worse, Alli shows up to the first day of school with a pair of her mother's panties clinging to her sweatpants. Alli must deal with this tragedy and endure the ridicule of her classmates. Alli even has to deal with ridicule from her best friend, Kathy, who, typical of many junior high school girls, isn't really a friend to Alli at all. Alli finds hope in friendship with the new girl, Megan. However, even though Megan and Alli start to form a deep friendship, the popular crowd becomes too tempting for Alli and she finds herself in the clutches of the class queen bee, Rachel Delaney. Kathy gives Alli a hard time for hanging out with Rachel and her cronies, and even Megan seems to be hurt by the lack of time that Alli has for her old friends. Even though Alli sees flawed humanity in her new, popular friends, she justifies their behavior and seeks their approval. Eventually Alli starts to pick up some bad habits herself and doesn't know what to do. I seriously couldn't believe how accurate this novel was to the real experience of junior high school, right down to the lunchroom foods/activities. For most girls, junior high school drama centers on social connections and alienating friendships. Lauren Myracle, the author of the book, has the reader remembering specific people from his or her junior high school past. I remember the Kathys in my life. I was a Kathy at one point. I remember feeling conflicted over how I treated other people, but unable to stop being a jerk because bad behavior got me more attention than being nice. The strongest quality of Myracle's novel is its ability to make the reader relive his or her junior high school experience all over again. I can't imagine how this book must be for girls in junior high school. I assume that it would be a huge eye-opener, for many of the lessons that Myracle teaches young girls don't learn until later schooling. I very much enjoyed reading "The Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life". Alli made me wish that I had been a better person in high school. She was comical and kind, yet just as susceptible to teen pressures as anyone else. I liked reading her story in diary form and having her speak to the audience. I found this book to be somewhat reminiscent of Louise Rennison's "Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging", though with a more complete ending (obviously, because Rennison's books are in a series). I don't think that guys would enjoy Myracle's book, but it might be good for them to read, if they are in high school, so that they can understand their female peers. Myracle's book is just that accurate.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hallie

    This one is cute and easy read i finished this book in a day. Ali longs to be popular and her dreams come true but she learns pretty girls all have an ugly side.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Callie

    this book is hilarious! pick it up for a good laugh! the book also teaches that you should always be yourself, and don't pretend to be someone else just so you can hang out with the "cool" kids this book is hilarious! pick it up for a good laugh! the book also teaches that you should always be yourself, and don't pretend to be someone else just so you can hang out with the "cool" kids

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Allison (Alli), a seventh grader, never expected her first day back to school to go as it did. As embarassing as it was, it was the day that changed her life. In a series of journal entries, Alli writes down everything that goes on in her life since the humiliating day. She encounters friends who accpets her the way she is and bullies in her school. In seventh grade, she tries so hard to fit in again after what happened to her in sixth. While doing so, she also wants to be who she really is in f Allison (Alli), a seventh grader, never expected her first day back to school to go as it did. As embarassing as it was, it was the day that changed her life. In a series of journal entries, Alli writes down everything that goes on in her life since the humiliating day. She encounters friends who accpets her the way she is and bullies in her school. In seventh grade, she tries so hard to fit in again after what happened to her in sixth. While doing so, she also wants to be who she really is in front of the cool and popluar kids at school. I thought that this book was okay because there are parts in the story where I thought it was really boring and the others were quite interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read funny books like this one. I thought that Alli didn't have to try so hard to fit in; she should've just been herself and still make great friends, even if they're not popular.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    I did not like this book, because it didn't really explain many things. The story ended at a weird place, as if the author was couldn't think of an ending. It didn't really have a good plot line, and the story wasn't very good either. This book could have been better with a less confusing story, and a better ending. I did not like this book, because it didn't really explain many things. The story ended at a weird place, as if the author was couldn't think of an ending. It didn't really have a good plot line, and the story wasn't very good either. This book could have been better with a less confusing story, and a better ending.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hailey

    This book has a lot of drama in it. If you like clothes this is a good book. I really enjoyed it there are parts in the book when you are going to stop but you want to keep reading. Read this book I definitely recommend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    A cute book about middle school girls trying to fit in with the "cool kids". Alli longs to be accepted by Rachel and her entourage. Kathy who's been her friend like forever and Megan who's fairly new to their group try to tell her that Rachel isn't cool at all. Kathy's the one who is mean to Alli and when Megan brings it to her attention she begins to see it and starts to pull away. At that same time Alli gets chosen to be partners with Mika, one of Rachel's friends , on a school project and fin A cute book about middle school girls trying to fit in with the "cool kids". Alli longs to be accepted by Rachel and her entourage. Kathy who's been her friend like forever and Megan who's fairly new to their group try to tell her that Rachel isn't cool at all. Kathy's the one who is mean to Alli and when Megan brings it to her attention she begins to see it and starts to pull away. At that same time Alli gets chosen to be partners with Mika, one of Rachel's friends , on a school project and finally Alli has a way to get close to Rachel. Friendships and there mysteriousness is the theme. What makes a good friend? How should good friends act? Is it really important to be in a certain group? All things that come into play when you're in school. It isn't easy to decide what's right sometimes. Lauren Myracle as an insight to that age and makes you feel the angst.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Myracle does a great job capturing middle school girl dynamics and what it feels like to be caught in the midst of popularity drama. Painful to read, but fast and an ultimately rewarding resolution.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    Nice, easy going book abojy 13 year old girl and friendship :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Plutzer

    Re-read Loved the story Funny and sweet Shows what Middle School really is like 5/5 Stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Genesis

    In this book, the main character named Alison goes on the first day of school with her mother's underwear attached to her skinny jeans! She thought that this would ruin her reputation for the rest of the whole seventh grade year! Alison was wrong. This changed her popularity life for good because the popular girls who always had made fun of her and ignored her most of the time... they were actually talking to her! As a matter a fact, they were starting to become friends with her. While I was read In this book, the main character named Alison goes on the first day of school with her mother's underwear attached to her skinny jeans! She thought that this would ruin her reputation for the rest of the whole seventh grade year! Alison was wrong. This changed her popularity life for good because the popular girls who always had made fun of her and ignored her most of the time... they were actually talking to her! As a matter a fact, they were starting to become friends with her. While I was reading this book, I noticed that me and Alison had a text-to-self connection. You see, in the book Alison leaves her "unpopular" friends for her new ones. You see when her inncident happened, the popular girls(Rachel, Mika, and Haley) were getting along with Alison. She stared seeing that she didn't need her unpopular friends to be judging her and reminding her about the worse day of her whole life. So she decied to "abandon" her old friends(Kathy and Megan) just for the taste of the good life with the people who used to ignore her and tease her too. Truth is, this actually happened to me too. You see, when I was in elementrey school, there were these girls who would have perfect outfits, perfect hair and best of all... gossip was everywhere about how cool they were. I wanted to be in the cool crowd and on day, the leader... Breana told me to help her with her homework, and so I did. Truth is that was the only way I got in. So I left my un popular frirends, just like Alison did. This is my text to self between me and Alison. I gave this book five stars in total. And the reason why is because in this book the author made the characters come to life, that's one thing. The second reason why is because is because while I was reading this book, I was noticing that me and Alison both have connections. My third reason is because Alison's choice with choosing Rachel, Mika and Haley over her best of friends, Kathy and Megan. My fourth reason is that I just love the way that the author puts Alison in difficult situations where she had to make decisions that were at a risk just to get a taste of the good life. And my last reason is that since I was in the Seventh grade, I decided that maybe I should read a book that it also has a connection between me and the main character. And this is why I gave this book five stars which means I LOVED it. I just want to read it again and again. The person that I would recommend it to is a person who loves to remember their past and say," gee, I remember when I wanted to be in the cool crowd, ect." Or others who like to read books that gets them thinking. And that's who I think I should recommend this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimber

    This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble. Alli's longing to be popular is one I think most middle school students can understand. Maybe they aren't so interested in being popular, but they want to be noticed. This desire to be noticed and liked is a pretty common one in all people, but is very important for middle schoolers who are starting to figure out who they are. I found that Lauren Myracle's take on this was really accurate because she reall This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble. Alli's longing to be popular is one I think most middle school students can understand. Maybe they aren't so interested in being popular, but they want to be noticed. This desire to be noticed and liked is a pretty common one in all people, but is very important for middle schoolers who are starting to figure out who they are. I found that Lauren Myracle's take on this was really accurate because she really dealt with the fact that sometimes we want everyone to like us, even when we know they aren't worth the effort. I personally find the quest for popularity storyline a little overdone, but it is a fairly classic middle school/high school plot and one that is very relevant to most preteen and teen lives. I think there's something a little different in this story because the people Alli initially leaves behind aren't so great either. Kathy, her only friend at the beginning of the book, is really not a great friend. She's the kind of person who puts you down enough to make herself feel good but not enough to push you away. Myracle created realistic characters who had a great deal of depth to them. Even in such a short book Myracle added in enough detail to most of the minor characters that you got a sense of the struggles they were facing too, so that no one was just bad or good. Myracle is known to deal with some of the more taboo subjects in her books. This book didn't shy away from topics like divorce and sex, which I think is a really good thing. They aren't dealt with in a direct manner but they are used casually to the side or in the background to normalize them, which was especially true of the topic of porn in this book. This book is in a journal format. The directness of a journal creates a quick connection because everything is straight from Alli and comes from her perspective. It's a useful tool in middle school books which was used really well in this book. I really enjoyed this book, even if it was a little below my reading level. I think this is a really good read for middle school students that has a really important message about being yourself and standing up for yourself, especially in a verbal, non-physical sense. I highly recommend this book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book talks about how this girl name Allison enters the seventh grade. During class, Allison felt something from her pants. when she look, she saw that her mother's underwear was stuck their, so she pulled it out. everybody started laughing, and screaming to strip more clothes off. Allison was so humiliated, and felt like she couldn't go back to school anymore. Allison always dream of being a popular girl. The popular girls are Rachel, Mika, and Hadley. When Rachel stood up for Allison, when This book talks about how this girl name Allison enters the seventh grade. During class, Allison felt something from her pants. when she look, she saw that her mother's underwear was stuck their, so she pulled it out. everybody started laughing, and screaming to strip more clothes off. Allison was so humiliated, and felt like she couldn't go back to school anymore. Allison always dream of being a popular girl. The popular girls are Rachel, Mika, and Hadley. When Rachel stood up for Allison, when Jeremy was teasing her, Allison felt like she was her friend. This book is like a journal entry of Allison life. Allison has two best friend. Their names are Kathy and Megan. Allison feels like Kathy doesn't understand her, and always making remarks about her, while Megan understands the pressure of being a teenager. When Allison was partner with Mika, Kathy started to think that Allison is going to be one of the snob. When Allison was invited to the the popular girls party, she saw how being a popular person isn't that great, and this is the best part of the story. Allison finally being popular is bad because Rachel was being very mean to Jeremy. She learned a lesson that being popular isn't so great at all because they were very mean to others. I find that very amusing and a lesson to give little children because from my experience i never was popular and i never want to be popular. Being popular means nothing to me because sometimes they could be very mean to others.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Lauren Myracle's "The Fashion Disaster that Changed my Life" is about a girl who arrives to the first day of school with her mothers underwear stuck to her pant leg due to static cling. That is the "Fashion Disaster" in the title. I feel the main character, Alli strives to feel accepted due to personal insecurities. The fact that she writes in a diary makes the book the same as most books but what sets it apart is the fact that the story revolves around one event. I enjoyed the variety of charact Lauren Myracle's "The Fashion Disaster that Changed my Life" is about a girl who arrives to the first day of school with her mothers underwear stuck to her pant leg due to static cling. That is the "Fashion Disaster" in the title. I feel the main character, Alli strives to feel accepted due to personal insecurities. The fact that she writes in a diary makes the book the same as most books but what sets it apart is the fact that the story revolves around one event. I enjoyed the variety of characters and their back rounds such as Jeremy Webster living in a trailer and Megan's father leaving her and her mother to run off with his feminine secretary. Alli has two friends Megan and Kathy, whats interesting about Kathy is even though she claims to be Alli's "Best Friend" would say comments like "When Alli was sick she would lay in bed and got really fat." It's confusing because who would want to be friends with someone who insults people, I sure wouldn't. Alli refers Kathy as a "Not popular version of Rachel" because Kathy is just as mean as Rachel but Rachel is popular and Kathy well, is not. When Alli gets accepted by not only the most popular group in her grade but the queen bee, Rachel herself. She makes a dission to be part of the crowd or follow the beat of her own drum. As much as I enjoyed the book the ending was a bit abrupt and didn't make sense. Lauren Myracle should of either made the ending more clear or made a epilouge. Overall this was a enjoyable book and I find many other who read it will enjoy it as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Reading for a mother/daughter bookclub. So far, I'm not impressed. But we aren't very far into it yet. The writing is fine, but I REALLY don't like the main character. UPDATE - the book was a bit predictable. The main character, Alli, started out insecure and dying to be popular. She was a bit insufferable in that aspect of her character. I wanted to slap her. But, as I was reading this with my 11 year old, I figured it would be wise to keep that feeling to myself. She gained a bit of self-esteem Reading for a mother/daughter bookclub. So far, I'm not impressed. But we aren't very far into it yet. The writing is fine, but I REALLY don't like the main character. UPDATE - the book was a bit predictable. The main character, Alli, started out insecure and dying to be popular. She was a bit insufferable in that aspect of her character. I wanted to slap her. But, as I was reading this with my 11 year old, I figured it would be wise to keep that feeling to myself. She gained a bit of self-esteem as the book wore on, and became more tolerable toward the end. I still wasn't terrible impressed with the entire story, but it wasn't horrible. There was a good moral there about why it's not a good idea to strive to be one of the in-crowd, but it was a bit of an in-your-face kind of telling. It was nice for my 11 year old, although even for her, it was blatently obvious what the author was trying to accomplish. One real problem I had with the book was the content. This was my fault, because I didn't preview the book first. There is mild sexual content - a chapter where the girls look at a Playgirl magazine, and yell the word "penis" multiple times, and the mention of finding condoms in the nightstand of someone's mother. Now, I've talked to my 11 year old about the birds and the bees, but that doesn't mean I think she should be reading about this stuff at her age. Again, my fault for not previewing, but just a fair warning for anyone interested in having their child read this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annovis

    omg i actually read this book over like 5 times..its awesome! and its a short chapter book..bout 113 pages..and well its about this girl who was always like the quiet..nver noticed kinda thing, she wanted to change that, so on the first day of school, she wanted to make a big impression-she wanted to wear her hawt ner clothes and stuff..but there was only one wrong thing about her wordrobe, her mom's granny panties were clinging on to her pants. so wen she went to class everyone made fun of her omg i actually read this book over like 5 times..its awesome! and its a short chapter book..bout 113 pages..and well its about this girl who was always like the quiet..nver noticed kinda thing, she wanted to change that, so on the first day of school, she wanted to make a big impression-she wanted to wear her hawt ner clothes and stuff..but there was only one wrong thing about her wordrobe, her mom's granny panties were clinging on to her pants. so wen she went to class everyone made fun of her and stuff, then this guy named ----forgot.srry well he was kinda like the class clown, he told her that she should work at the pussycat palace(playboy)then she would get paid for stripping..as humiliating as that is, she didnt want to go to school. The next few weeks she got invited to the *queen bee's* posse sleepover's which included um..pretty sure rachel, mika, and hadley. rachel is queen. and mika and hadley are the bees..lol so then at the sleepover they find play(girl) mags and did crazy things which she would never do..then when she went to the queen's bday party..she embarrassed her and got kicked out of the *cool* group..and so..its a really good book, for wen ur bored or something...just read it..lol

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kemp

    I don't think that it was really fair to this book or to the rating to have me read this book. I'm definitely not in the target audience of this book. It is intended for middle school/junior high girls. Period. No one else. I think that some older girls might be able to relate, but there are just a billion flat characters. I forgot who half of them were as I was reading it, which I don't think is my fault. It is that of the author. The story is basically your standard new school year, struggle be I don't think that it was really fair to this book or to the rating to have me read this book. I'm definitely not in the target audience of this book. It is intended for middle school/junior high girls. Period. No one else. I think that some older girls might be able to relate, but there are just a billion flat characters. I forgot who half of them were as I was reading it, which I don't think is my fault. It is that of the author. The story is basically your standard new school year, struggle between being popular and older friends. The protagonist(whose name I don't even remember even though I read it yesterday. That's not a good sign.) is partnered up with one of the popular girls in her class to do a history project, and even though she doesn't get along as well with the more popular girls, she joins them anyway, abandoning her previous best friend, Megan who just moved in from another place. She struggles with this dynamic because some of the girls are being really mean (as they tend to do). So, I just didn't connect with this, and it was a little just too much for me. It was funny at times, but that's about all I can say about it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mayla

    The first day of school for Allison (a 7th grader) was the day that changed her life. Because of one "fashion disaster" that was exposed to her school, her scale on the popular factor changed from low to higher and higher. Being part of the in crowd means leaving her friends. As Alli starts to become more popular, she slowly stops hanging out with her original friends, but she comes to realize at the end who her real friends are and the surprises that hide behind the pretty faces of the popular The first day of school for Allison (a 7th grader) was the day that changed her life. Because of one "fashion disaster" that was exposed to her school, her scale on the popular factor changed from low to higher and higher. Being part of the in crowd means leaving her friends. As Alli starts to become more popular, she slowly stops hanging out with her original friends, but she comes to realize at the end who her real friends are and the surprises that hide behind the pretty faces of the popular girls at school. The book was fairly short and i loved this book because it just went straight to the point. It's something that all kids could relate to because of course there was a time when you wanted everyone to like you, of course there were times you wanted to be popular. But when you get around to actually hanging out with the "in crowd", things start to change and you realize they're just like anybody else. You realize that you would rather have your old friends back, the ones who were your friends even when you weren't as popular.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ard

    Oh my Gawd! Like, this book had me so tense, remembering, like, all those awful 7th grade days... Seriously, readers will relive every trial and tribulation of middle-school drama, as they read Alli's account of showing up at school with her mother's underwear static clinging to her pants, as well as her experiences making new friends, surviving existing friendships and longing to be one of the popular ones. Written in journal format the reader has intimate knowledge of the important events and A Oh my Gawd! Like, this book had me so tense, remembering, like, all those awful 7th grade days... Seriously, readers will relive every trial and tribulation of middle-school drama, as they read Alli's account of showing up at school with her mother's underwear static clinging to her pants, as well as her experiences making new friends, surviving existing friendships and longing to be one of the popular ones. Written in journal format the reader has intimate knowledge of the important events and Alli's feelings about them. The author has done a great job in capturing a seventh-grade mentality in Alli, one that we all might recognize in our long-ago selves. It's only the years that follow that give adult readers the experience to recognize that those seventh-grade trials are fleeting. I'm planning to read this with my 9-year old daughter, as I think it will be a great discussion book on friendships -- healthy ones and not-so-healthy ones. Funny, sobering, sad and happy -- this book captures many emotions.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rhys R.

    This book was a fun book to read. It was told by the point of view of the girl herself. At the beginning of the school year, a pair of underwear was stuck to her pant leg. Unfourtunatly she did not have the year start as she wished. She was humiliated until it got old. Alli and her best friend Kathy started to slowly drift apart. A new girl moved in named Megan Kathy, Alli, and Megan were inseparable. Until the most popular girl at their school asked Alli to sit with her and her friends at lunch This book was a fun book to read. It was told by the point of view of the girl herself. At the beginning of the school year, a pair of underwear was stuck to her pant leg. Unfourtunatly she did not have the year start as she wished. She was humiliated until it got old. Alli and her best friend Kathy started to slowly drift apart. A new girl moved in named Megan Kathy, Alli, and Megan were inseparable. Until the most popular girl at their school asked Alli to sit with her and her friends at lunch. Kathy and Megan got jealous but kept denying it. Alli thought that she was totally in with Rachel and her clan until Rachel's party. She taunted Jeremy (the person that was making fun of Alli) and humiliated him in front of everybody at her party. Alli had then realized that she was not as nice as she seemed. Alli left the party knowing that she would not be retuning to Rachel's house soon. I loved the drama in the story, but some parts got kind of boring and long.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jo Parker

    My 11-year-old daughter and I read this out loud and it was a great choice for the just-entering-middle-school place that she's in. Lily loved Myracle's books Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen, and is ticked off because I won't let her read Myracle's TTYL yet (so much for having an intellectual-freedom-loving librarian for a mom), so this was a good compromise. It's mature enough so that my daughter felt like it wasn't beneath her, but not as explicit as TTYL. The Fashion Disaster that Changed My Lif My 11-year-old daughter and I read this out loud and it was a great choice for the just-entering-middle-school place that she's in. Lily loved Myracle's books Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen, and is ticked off because I won't let her read Myracle's TTYL yet (so much for having an intellectual-freedom-loving librarian for a mom), so this was a good compromise. It's mature enough so that my daughter felt like it wasn't beneath her, but not as explicit as TTYL. The Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life is told in the form of journal entries, written by a 7th-grader name Alli. She's struggling with classic teen girl stuff like how to figure out who her real friends are and how important it is to be popular. The journal format is fun and accessible and the story feels pretty realistic, thanks to convincing dialogue. The ending felt a little tidy, but my daughter didn't mind.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I was surprised to find myself reading a book with a bright pinky-orange cover with a pair of underwear on it, and basically liking it. The title is a bit of an exaggeration, but considering that it's written for adolescent girls, it's quite fitting. And, lest you think there is nothing redeeming here, I actually caught myself connecting it with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in my 8th grade class. Myracle has a good ear/pen for dialogue, and her story rocks along. I've also heard really good things a I was surprised to find myself reading a book with a bright pinky-orange cover with a pair of underwear on it, and basically liking it. The title is a bit of an exaggeration, but considering that it's written for adolescent girls, it's quite fitting. And, lest you think there is nothing redeeming here, I actually caught myself connecting it with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in my 8th grade class. Myracle has a good ear/pen for dialogue, and her story rocks along. I've also heard really good things about her 11-12-13 series, so those are on order for my library. The ending is a little too pat, and, believe it or not, I actually liked the Princess Diaries Vol 1 a little better for similar themes, but they're like popcorn, so you can choose to read them all with no disastrous effects.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This one was a lucky find at the used book store. I can think of at least a dozen (or two) of my students who would love this novel. Myracle uses a very kid-friendly diary format to tell the story of Allison, an insecure seventh-grade girl who longs to be a part of the popular crowd. The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life reminded me all too poignantly of my own insecurity in middle school, and of those girls that I once wished would accept me into their circle of "cool" (and who, as I now tha This one was a lucky find at the used book store. I can think of at least a dozen (or two) of my students who would love this novel. Myracle uses a very kid-friendly diary format to tell the story of Allison, an insecure seventh-grade girl who longs to be a part of the popular crowd. The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life reminded me all too poignantly of my own insecurity in middle school, and of those girls that I once wished would accept me into their circle of "cool" (and who, as I now thank my lucky stars, did not). Myracle really knows how to write for the "tween" set: she's got the friendship drama, the note-passing, the boy-teasing, and the awkward 13th birthday party (in the cool-kid's basement, of course) down pat. I think I'll put this in the hand of a (female) reluctant reader tomorrow!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    On Alli's first day of seventh grade, she has a major fashion disaster that makes her the target for all bullying and ridicule as the first month goes on. Then popular girls Rachel, Mika, and Hadley "take Alli under their wing", and she finally gets a peek at what being "cool" is like. It's not at all what she expects, though-- "ugliness lurks behind the prettiest faces." And when everything goes wrong, Alli has no friends to turn to, and she learned that being popular is not all that it's crack On Alli's first day of seventh grade, she has a major fashion disaster that makes her the target for all bullying and ridicule as the first month goes on. Then popular girls Rachel, Mika, and Hadley "take Alli under their wing", and she finally gets a peek at what being "cool" is like. It's not at all what she expects, though-- "ugliness lurks behind the prettiest faces." And when everything goes wrong, Alli has no friends to turn to, and she learned that being popular is not all that it's cracked up to be. I thought this was good! It was very fast-paced and funny, with a great cast of characters. There were a few moments when I couldn't put it down, and a few moments that dragged on a bit. I give it 4 stars =)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin Ruiz

    The Fashion Disaster When I first started reading this book I was like wow I couldn’t believe it. I thought this book was very interesting to read. I liked it because it talks about bullying and how you need to stand up for yourself. When I first saw the title of this book I was like oh its probably going to talk about fashion and how it ruined the show. But no it wasn’t it was much better than that. I would like to encourage all of my friends to read this book trust me you wont regret reading The Fashion Disaster When I first started reading this book I was like wow I couldn’t believe it. I thought this book was very interesting to read. I liked it because it talks about bullying and how you need to stand up for yourself. When I first saw the title of this book I was like oh its probably going to talk about fashion and how it ruined the show. But no it wasn’t it was much better than that. I would like to encourage all of my friends to read this book trust me you wont regret reading it. In short words many people wanted to be friends with Rachel they thought she was cool. Rachel pretended to be friends with Alli but nope that wasn’t true. Alli be traded her friends for Rachel but not knowing that she was a two face.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pritika I.

    It's is a short and easy book, but is filled with many "interesting" and "disastrous" events. I would recommend this for ONLY GIRLS! Allison, an average seventh grader, just wants a normal life. She finds it hard to believe, when the most popular girls in school ask Alli to join their "group". Little does she know, her old friends have different feelings about the "group". Disaster stikes, when Alli is humiliated day by day. She dresses differently and speaks with an attitude. The format of this It's is a short and easy book, but is filled with many "interesting" and "disastrous" events. I would recommend this for ONLY GIRLS! Allison, an average seventh grader, just wants a normal life. She finds it hard to believe, when the most popular girls in school ask Alli to join their "group". Little does she know, her old friends have different feelings about the "group". Disaster stikes, when Alli is humiliated day by day. She dresses differently and speaks with an attitude. The format of this book is written like a diary in first person point of view. Personally, I didn't really like this book. Even though it is about a. Seventh grader, it seems like a book a fifth-grader would read. It is very predictable with the story line and characters. This is definitely late-elementary level.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    I love Lauren Myracle's books. She writes to the "tween" set and really gets them. As a middle school teacher I see and hear a lot of things that she writes about in her books. The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life is no exception. 7th grade girls want to fit in and be popular and sometimes they forget what is important. I've been there myself. I still feel bad for ditching a long time friend when I moved to the junior high building and she was still in the elementary building. Lauren's char I love Lauren Myracle's books. She writes to the "tween" set and really gets them. As a middle school teacher I see and hear a lot of things that she writes about in her books. The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life is no exception. 7th grade girls want to fit in and be popular and sometimes they forget what is important. I've been there myself. I still feel bad for ditching a long time friend when I moved to the junior high building and she was still in the elementary building. Lauren's characters are so easy to relate to and real. I would recommend any of her books to the girls in my class.

  28. 4 out of 5

    7706lily

    This book was not one of my favorite books by Lauren Myracle but I still enjoyed it. The main character has a terrible first day on school experience and somehow gets chosen to be the new member of the popular "clique.' But throughout this she has to deal with her other friends and her new ones. Megan and Kathy, her old friends, are irate with her because she has been neglecting them for her new friends. The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life is a very interesting friendship story. I really l This book was not one of my favorite books by Lauren Myracle but I still enjoyed it. The main character has a terrible first day on school experience and somehow gets chosen to be the new member of the popular "clique.' But throughout this she has to deal with her other friends and her new ones. Megan and Kathy, her old friends, are irate with her because she has been neglecting them for her new friends. The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life is a very interesting friendship story. I really like the way the book was written in diary form. People who liked any of Lauren Myracles other books would probably enjoy this.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annemarie

    My daughter picked this up at the library, brought it home and read it without me realizing what kind of book it was, and declared it "hilarious." Upon examination, it looked like it was intended for an older audience than her almost 9 years, so I decided I better read it. It had some references that raised my eyebrows, but they seem to have gone completely over her head. Luckily. Mostly it's about the angst of the swimming-with-the-sharks social world in middle school, and yes, it's really too My daughter picked this up at the library, brought it home and read it without me realizing what kind of book it was, and declared it "hilarious." Upon examination, it looked like it was intended for an older audience than her almost 9 years, so I decided I better read it. It had some references that raised my eyebrows, but they seem to have gone completely over her head. Luckily. Mostly it's about the angst of the swimming-with-the-sharks social world in middle school, and yes, it's really too old for my daughter. A fairly shallow protagonist, but she tries to do the right thing in the end. It's been a conversation starter about certain issues, and I guess that's not bad.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Neill Smith

    Alli had been sick for most of her Grade Six year and now at the beginning of Grade Seven, she is struggling to find her place in the social order of her classroom. Unfortunately at the beginning of the year she goes to school with a pair of her mother's panties stuck to her sweatpants and becomes the target of the class bully. As she is befriended by the supercool group who help her fight the bully, she finds herself at odds with her former friends and uncomfortable with the attitudes of the co Alli had been sick for most of her Grade Six year and now at the beginning of Grade Seven, she is struggling to find her place in the social order of her classroom. Unfortunately at the beginning of the year she goes to school with a pair of her mother's panties stuck to her sweatpants and becomes the target of the class bully. As she is befriended by the supercool group who help her fight the bully, she finds herself at odds with her former friends and uncomfortable with the attitudes of the cool girls.

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