The Market by J.M. Steele
Someone at Millbank High has created a Social Stock Market where girls are ranked according to looks, fashion, and other criteria. Kate's always been happy with her life until she finds out that she is ranked 71 (out of 140 girls). Kate and her best friend decide to play the market and try to increase her rating. She cuts her hair, buys some new clothes, and all of a sudden her ranking starts to rise. But will Kate's "blue chip" status ruin her life?
I was completely intrigued by this book's concept. I don't know if there is such a thing as a "social stock market" but it's easy to see how one could become popular. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but this book gets an A+ for originality.
Also, I'm wondering about the authors. J.M. Steele is the pseudonym for two writers. Boys? Girls? For some reason, I feel like it's 2 boys, but maybe that is because of the androgynous name JM. Has anyone else read this book and want to throw in their thoughts?