But that's about to change.
During summer break Steph discovered a book which has given her all the secrets to being popular. She has studied it closely, and thanks to the wisdom in its pages she manages to get noticed by the popular kids on her very first day back to school. And, most importantly, she gets the attention of Mark Finley.
Mark Finley, the hottest guy at school, who is the "senior class president, team captain and quarterback, last year's Most Valuable Player, and all-around great guy." It's true that he's also the boyfriend of Lauren, the girl who's been tormenting Steph for years, but Steph is sure that Mark will see how much better she is than Lauren once he gets to know her.
Fast forward a few days and things are looking great. Steph is being accepted by (most of) the popular kids, even though Lauren is still nasty to her when no one is looking. And people have finally stopped laughing at her name.
And yet...things aren't all smiles and sunshine for Steph.
Her two close friends have no idea what is going on with her, or why she's suddenly straightening her naturally curly hair and is cozying up to the popular kids. They're weirded out, and are pulling away from her. She had never intended to give up their friendship, but will eventually have to accept the fact that by changing herself she has changed her relationship with the two people who never cared what the rest of the school thought of her.
Then she also has to face the fact that Mark Finley isn't quite the perfect guy she'd always thought he was.
Could it be that being popular really isn't all it's cracked up to be?
This novel isn't the best of Meg Cabot's, but it is still an excellent story and well worth reading. I definitely recommend it.