Teaser Review: Surviving High School, by Lele Pons and Melissa de la Cruz


Surviving High School: A Novel

Goodreads Rating: 3.81 Stars
272 Pages
Gallery Books Publishing
Get a copy here!

Vine superstar Lele Pons—“one of the coolest girls on the web” (Teen Vogue)—teams up with #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost) in this lovable debut novel about the wilds and wonders of high school that’s as laugh-out-loud addictive as Lele’s popular videos.

Ten million followers and I still sit alone at lunch. Lele is a bulls-eye target at her new school in Miami until, overnight, her digital fame catapults the girl with cheerleader looks, a seriously silly personality, and a self-deprecating funny bone into the popular crowd. Now she’s facing a whole new set of challenges—the relentless drama, the ruthless cliques, the unexpected internet celebrity—all while trying to keep her grades up and make her parents proud.

Filled with the zany enthusiasm that has made Lele into Vine’s most viewed star, this charming novel is proof that high school is a trip. From crushing your crushes (what’s up with that hot transfer student Alexei??) to throwing Insta-fake parties with your BFFs and moaning over homework (GAH) with your frenemies, high school is a rollercoaster of exhilarating highs and totally embarrassing lows. Leave it to Lele to reassure us that falling flat on your face is definitely not the end of the world. Fans of Mean Girls will love this fun and heartwarming fish-out-of-water story.

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Quick Reasons: ohmah goodness, I love this character; snarky, quirky, my type of narrator!; this is a coming-of-age like you wouldn’t believe; tackles the topic of “internet fame” and how to handle the pressures that come with it; it’s like I looked into this character’s head…and the journey was amazing; this is laugh-out-loud funny; so many pop culture references!

Huge thanks to: Lele Pons, Melissa de la Cruz, Gallery Books Publishing, Netgalley, and Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours for hooking me up with early access to this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

Because this is part of a blog tour, my full review is under wraps until May 6th! Keep an eye out for that to come!

For now, take a gander at my favorite status updates:


I already LOVE the sass on this character! Seriously, she could fry an egg just looking at it.

Also, hello references to the Disney channel *I* grew up with!

Thirdly…LOVE that this reads like a blog so far. She even addresses the readers. Way to break the 4th wall! (my inner English major is squealing!)


Ohmahgosh, never have I EVER met a more awkward character! She’s even more awkward than Bella Swan, which…is saying something. The defining difference? Lele has a personality to stand up with. Also, Bella never made me laugh so hard.


The more I read, the more entertained I am. Lele is SUPER dramatic and over-the-top and I usually don’t like characters like her, but for some reason, the pop culture references and her awkwardness all sort of work together to create something messy and unique and lovable.

I want to be her friend. It would make life interesting.


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