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  • "An extremely funny book." Katy Moran, author of Bloodline Rising"
  • "Packed with wicked humour, glamorous characters and razor sharp dialogue." Ulster Tatler
  • "Move over Blair Waldorf, Meredith Harper rules the school." Danielle Binks, The Alpha Reader
  • "Meredith is terrifying. She is Regina George on speed, or Blair Waldorf with a hangover." Emerald Fennell, author of Shiverton Hall

About the Author

Gareth Russell was a student at Down High Grammar School in Northern Ireland before he went onto to study Modern History at Saint Peter's College in the University of Oxford.

Gareth is the author of several plays and his first novel, Popular, was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for republication in 2012. Since 2011, Popular has been adapted for the stage on several occasions.

Gareth divides his time between Belfast, London and Connecticut. His accent is therefore best described as polymorphous, shifting with the greatest of ease from Northern Irish to English to American. This pleases him greatly. His first ever word was "shoe" and if he had to have dinner with one person from history, it would be Anne Boleyn.

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  • File Size: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
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  • Publisher: MadeGlobal Publishing (December 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2012
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  • Language: English
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"Popular" by Gareth Russell follows Meredith, Kerry, Imogen, and Cameron and their friends, enemies, and frenemies during their fifth (roughly equivalent to sophomore) year at Mount Olivet Grammar School in Belfast, Northern Ireland. These four students are among the most beautiful, wealthy, and popular in the school and the city - we're talking Paris Hilton and Friends: The High School Years. What follows is what you'd probably expect: a trip on the social standing rollercoaster, parties, relationships, secrets, scheming, half-truths and outright lies, and the experience that is the Fabulous Induced Breakdown.

The best way I can describe my love for this book comes from the character Mark, whose public hatred of Meredith hides complicated inner feelings: "People found it harder to be angry with cruelty if it made them laugh and Meredith played upon that." Gareth plays upon it, too: Meredith and her friends are not good role models, but beyond all the manipulation and intrigue is a group of scathingly witty characters who are so audaciously bad that it's rather fun to watch, like if a train wreck wore couture. Additionally, many of the clique's adventures are so off-the-wall that it's funny to imagine them really happening. (The author has remarked that many of the events in the book are drawn from real life.) The writing is clever and thoughtful, and it all adds up to a very enjoyable read.

If you like your stone-cold witches with a good dose of humor, or if you would like to try a Gossip Girl-type story set in a new location that isn't in America, you will probably enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan Morrissey on May 18, 2013
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Im a huge fan of drama including Gossip Girl..And so yeah I just happen to come across this. Anyway follow the great Meredith Harper and her friends on this awesome juicy adventure. And if you love Irish accents then your so in. 16 year old Meredith Harper is decribed often as "The girl who has everything" she madly rich, very popular and prettier the great picture. But she snooty and mean girl Meredith soon learns a true lesson on her blog full of lies that Mark Kingston soon took full advange of. Opps! Did I tell you that Mark hates Merediths selfish guts AND is best friends with her best guyfriend Cameron ( I forgot his last name OPPS) So If you like gossip girl im super sure you will enjoy this book. To me it felt I was riding a fun rollar coaster while reading this! LOL... Anyway good luck ;) "Everything that really counts"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alpha Reader on November 6, 2011
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Marissa Cooper reigned supreme at The Harbor School. Constance Billard School in NY is ruled with an iron fist by Blair Waldorf. And Mount Olivet Grammar School in Ireland's Belfast has its own Queenly sovereign in Meredith Harper.

Sixteen-year-old Meredith is popular and beautiful, her father is one of the richest men in Ireland and she is the sole heir to his fortune. Mount Olivet is her court, and Meredith enjoys supremacy along with her minions; Cameron Matthews, Kerry Davison Imogen Dawson and (barely tolerated) Catherine O'Rourke.

But Meredith's reign is coming under threat and hitting bumpy roads. American import and Zac Efron-lookalike, Blake Hartman, is the new kid on campus and he has got Meredith's bestie, Cameron, all riled up. Imogen is two-timing her boyfriend, Stewart, with an Immaculate Heart hottie that could end in romantic disaster. Catherine's boyfriend desperation is reaching sickeningly annoying levels and Kerry has got it into her curly little head that she should take Meredith's spot as Queen supreme.

But that's nothing compared to the new levels of aggravation that Meredith's arch-nemesis, Mark Kingston, is igniting in her soul.

`Popular' is the first book in a contemporary Irish YA series from Gareth Russell.

`Popular' is Ireland like you've never read it before. Forget leprechauns, IRA and Billy Elliot. Gareth Russell is writing Irish teen supremacy and documenting Belfast's shiny clique underbelly.

I'll admit it; I had a very different idea of Ireland before I started reading `Popular'. I thought it was all ruined castles, sectarian graffiti and quaint little pubs.
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