A Most Uncommon Degree of Popularity

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Macmillan, Mar 21, 2006 - Fiction - 294 pages
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"Her daughter enjoyed a most uncommon degree of popularity." -Emma, Jane Austen Your own daughter. . . one of the popular girls?
On the first day of middle school, Lydia Meadows, a former lawyer turned full-time mother, is startled to discover that her daughter Erin is one of the popular girls, a tight foursome whose mothers are also great friends.  Lydia has always thought of popular girls as ambitious little manipulators who enjoy being cruel.  But Erin is kind and well-adjusted.  Maybe this popularity thing won't be so bad after all.
Then a new student ruthlessly targets Erin to boost her own popularity, and Lydia helplessly wonders what to do when her daughter's phone stops ringing.  And the uneasiness among the girls begins to affect the friendship of the mothers--even though they are all grown women who should know better.  Has their driven energy, once directed toward their careers, turned into an obsession with the social lives of their daughters?
A Most Uncommon Degree of Popularity is a delightful novel of manners, an unabashed chronicle of the rules, rituals, and pitfalls of raising a daughter.

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User Review  - wareagle78 - LibraryThing

Absolutely riveting story of a sixth-grade girl and her family, told through the eyes of the mother. Erin is (briefly) a "popular girl" and then her place in her group of life-long friends is taken by ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A suburban supermom finds that cliques extend long beyond the sixth grade. Lydia Meadows's life in a tony Washington, D.C., neighborhood is nauseatingly perfect. Her handsome husband makes enough ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Kathleen Gilles Seidel has a Ph.D. in English literature from Johns Hopkins and lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

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