Popularity Rules by Shamika Lindsay

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Almost drowning in the struggle to reclaim his identity and to remove all that has been thrust on him, Jason finds himself almost strangled by the grand puppeteer of his popularity. Just before he sinks, he gains insight into what the world outside of popularity’s cushioned forces felt like. But instead of sinking, he burns—slow and torturous, now it’s a race against the clock for all he once knew and for what he was now protecting.

Floating around in society and about of social unconsciousness, Avery makes a sudden move that affects everyone around her and brings the mistakes of her past back in the form of a gargantuan brewing monster, having the possibility of saving herself but destroying all those around her in the process. She thought she had changed but when tangible problems surface it’s indicative of the fact that her past is still very much present.

Is it too late for change?

–from the blurb about Popularity Rules

Thank you so much to Shamika Lindsay for providing me with a digital copy for review! You can stay up to date with her on Instagram or find out more through her website.

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Rating: 3/5

Alright, I finally have another review for you! Today, I have my review for Popularity Rules by Shamika Lindsay. I originally planned to post this yesterday, but life happened, so here we are today.

Anyway, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I don’t read too much realistic fiction, but I liked the sound of this one so I wanted to take a chance on it. And I wasn’t disappointed!

So, keep reading to find out what I liked about Popularity Rules.


To start with, I immediately loved the premise of this book when it started. Thanks to my age and the kind of books that were published when I was really getting into reading, I have read a lot of books with the Twilight trope of “girl meets a mysterious-but-kind-of-creepy guy and immediately becomes entranced.” So, when this book started off with something similar to that trope but with flipped genders, I was definitely intrigued.

To be fair, I’m sure there are a lot of other books that do the same; but I haven’t read them, so this book was unique for me. And I always love books that take common tropes and give them a twist, so I had a lot of excitement going into this.

Anyway, when it came to the overall plot, I definitely enjoyed it! It was entertaining, and there were plenty of twists and turns. Seriously, this book had plenty of fun reveals and exciting moments. I think there were some organizational problems and the flow of events could have been improved, but overall, I still really enjoyed the story. Plus, Lindsay’s writing itself is great; she definitely has a lot of talent when it comes to the basic structure and feel of her writing, so I have no complaints there!

The same is true for the characters. Fundamentally, I liked them and enjoyed reading about them. But I do think they could have used a little more development and nuance. That’s why I’m really excited to read the second book in this series, though; I’m sure Lindsay is going to give us more insight into the characters in that second installment, and I can’t wait to see that!

TL,DR Recommendation

In short, if you’re a fan of realistic fiction with a bit of a twist, I definitely think you could enjoy this one! Although there are some structural and organizational issues, all in all, the plot is exciting and the characters are interesting. It definitely kept me entertained!

So, if you do decide to read this, drop a comment below and let me know your thoughts! I always love to connect and talk about books. Also, if you enjoyed this review for Popularity Rules, feel free to use the Book Reviews tab above to access my full library of reviews!

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