A true story
'School is the armpit of life - and my school is no exception.'
From hair-dos and girdles to pearls and posture, Maya does whatever Betty says - no matter how difficult or embarrassing.
When Maya Van Wagenen finds a 1950s Guide to Popularity she embarks on a unique social experiment: for one school year she follows the advice of its author, teen model Betty Cornell.
She's determined to see her experiment through, for better or worse.
Does it work? You decide.
A touchingly honest and candidly hysterical memoir from one of Time's most influential teens of 2013.
About the Author
Maya Van Wagenen is fifteen years old. When she was eleven, her family moved to Brownsville, Texas, the setting of Popular. When not hunched over a desktop writing, Maya enjoys reading, British television, and chocolate. She now lives with her parents and two siblings in rural Georgia. She is a sophomore in high school but still shares a room with her sixth-grade brother. Remarkably, they have not yet killed each other.
Everyone's happiness project looks different, and I was utterly charmed by Maya Van Wagenen's honest, funny, and thought-provoking account of her efforts to become 'popular'. -- Gretchen Rubin, #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project Maya Van Waganen's memoir, POPULAR, would have been wonderful to read as a kid, and so reassuring to Nerdy Teenage Me. Her year-long experiment in popularity is timeless; the intelligent and humane way she gets to the heart of the matter is uniquely her. Funny, determined, and wry, Van Wagenan has written a wise, heartfelt guide for other kids eager to keep up. -- Rachel Hartman, NYT bestselling author of Seraphina Geeky and dorky, but never wimpy, Maya Van Wagenen is as powerful and honest as she is quirky and funny-and startlingly gifted. She's the real deal, folks, a teenage John Green for the next generation. Stunning. -- Margaret Stohl, bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series A talented writer, she's funny, thoughtful and self-effacing ... Teens will readily identify with her Kirkus Popular is wonderful. It is charming, touching, entertaining - and brought back a lot of memories about my own high school anxieties. I will be saving my copy to give to my daughter when she is a little older -- Jo Elvin Glamour
For Ages: 12+ years old
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15th April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.19