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The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life

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The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life

Alli wants to put sixth grade behind her and finally stop being invisible. She wants to be popular and have a breakout year in seventh grade. Alli gets her wish, but not exactly how she intended. On the first day of seventh grade, she discovers, to her horror, that her mother's underpants are stuck to her sweats with static cling. For the rest of the year she is labeled the stripper of seventh grade.

The story is chronicled through Alli's personal journal. She writes detailed accounts of every embarrassing and exciting aspect of seventh grade. By some miracle, she gains admittance to the inner circle of popularity when Rachel, Mika and Hadley, the queen and her court, start including Alli in their plans. Her former best friends, Kathy and Megan, notice Alli's personality changing as she slips away from them. Alli grows up a lot during seventh grade and learns the true meaning of friendship before the year is over.

Lauren Myracle, whose first novel KISSING KATE was named one of the "Best Books for Young Adults" in 2004 by the American Library Association, captures the excitement and humiliation of seventh grade perfectly in this funny novel. Readers both young and old will connect with Alli and her inner struggles over wanting to be popular versus being a true friend.

Reviewed by Renee Kirchner on July 21, 2005

The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life
by Lauren Myracle

  • Publication Date: January 10, 2008
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • ISBN-10: 0142407178
  • ISBN-13: 9780142407172