By Phoebe Stone
4 out of 5 stars
Conrad Parker Smith was the all star of not only his sixth grade class, but his whole small Southern town (even the older kids looked up to him). Then one day, he came to school with a leg brace. His popularity started to fade. Jessie Lou, a straight A student and looked down upon by her mother and older sister, is assigned to help Conrad home every day from school. They soon become friends. Jessie realizes that Conrad is not only popular, but deep down popular. Then, in the middle of it all, Conrad is offered an experimental surgery to fix his leg. He accepts, but can Conrad and Jessie stay friends if Conrad becomes popular again?
Deep Down Popular had brilliant references about nature and little sayings throughout the book that made me think before reading on. The characters were so realistic and I could relate to their thoughts and feelings toward the world around them. The middle may have lacked certain information that made it hard for me to continue the book after several days gone without reading it, but the ending answered all of my questions and pulled everything together! I have to say, I have never read a book that matches this. I haven’t read any of Phoebe Stone’s books before, but I will be on the look out for them now. All I can say about this book is: brilliant.
*book copy borrowed from the library