Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence

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By Maya Van Wagenen
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New York Times BestsellerA breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity and how to survive middle school in this hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir. I was inspired by Mayas journey and made a point of saving a copy of Popular for my sister, who starts middle school this fall. Maybe if I had read it when I was her age, it could have saved me from a world of hurt, or at least put that world in perspective. Maude Apatow, New York Times Book ReviewCan curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular?Maya Van Wagenen is about to find out. Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who arent paid to be here, Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.The reallife results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises. Told with humor and grace, Mayas journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and selfconfidence, along with a better understanding of what it means to be popular.

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49699 words49,699 words
272 pages272 pages
Lexile 730LLexile 730L
Grade 7 to 12Grade 7 to 12
Age 12-17Age 12-17
Published 2015Published 2015

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