Review: Mission (Un)Popular by Anna Humphrey

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by First Mate Keira

Title: Mission (Un)Popular
Author: Anna Humphrey
Format: Digital ebook
Page Count: 416 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grades 6-9

Summary: Margot Button doesn’t worry about New Year Resolutions. She worries about School Year Resolutions. Unfortunately they all seem to be collapsing before 7th grade even starts. Her best friend is sent to a private school, her mother won’t take her shopping for new school clothes, a DIY eyebrow and hair trim goes awry, and her social life is killed because she’s needed to babysit her triplet sisters after school every day. What’s a girl to do? Make friendly with the new girl in school whose fashion sense and coolness factor is sure to get them both in the popular group before too long. They just have to play their cards right.

Why I started this book:

I asked for an ARC from the publisher and got it.


  • That the cool crush winds up looking like a plastic Ken Doll – pretty but with little substance.
  • How Margot and “Evil” Sarah are forced to come to a truce by Sarah’s older sister.
  • How Lord of the Flies fit into the story.
  • Em is well developed. I like how you know as the reader there is something just a little bit off about her.
  • Margot makes a mess of things but does the hardest part and fixes them. I’m glad everybody was willing to allow her to make amends.


  • For a zero tolerance bullying policy, the principal at Manning Middle School is a bit of a wuss when it comes to enforcing it.
  • The spoon game. Gross and in the end dangerous. Luckily Margot does the right thing!
  • I want an epilogue where Margot meet’s the other girl. I want to know how that works out.

Last Minute Thoughts: For a fun drama filled middle school story about friends and crushes and growing up, read Mission (Un)Popular!

Buy: Mission (Un)Popular

Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests

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