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The Market by J.M. Steele

01st July 2008

Market, TheAt first this book seemed like just another high school drama:  Kate wants to be popular, and concocts a plan to become so.  But Steele has taken this basic theme from high school fiction, and developed it into a powerful story.  In her quest for popularity, Kate learns some difficult lessons about whom she can trust, true friendship, the costs of being “popular,” and ultimately how to do the right thing.  I know that when I summarize it that way, it sounds like a cheesy, sentimental book, but it doesn’t come across that way at all.  The story is fast-paced, Steele avoids preaching to her readers, and the book will be devoured and enjoyed by both high schoolers and adults.