Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek By Maya Van Wagenen
Published April 15th 2014 By Dutton Juvenile
Summary: A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen
Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular?
The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise—meeting and befriending Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.
Oh Popular how I adore you so. Maya Van Wagenen, please be my best friend.
Popular is so heartwarming and funny; it is undoubtably one of the most relatable books I have ever read. Popular is a memoir of a fifteen year old girl who found this popularity book written in the 50s by a former teen model Betty Cornell. Maya is not popular, she’s at the bottom of the popular pyramid. So at the challenge of her mother, Maya decides to experiment the tips in the book and write a journal about the results.
The final product? Absolutely whacky.
Maya is hilarious. It is filled with pictures of her dressed in pearls, with her wonderfully charming family and her writing is just great. She’s brave and absolutely sporting in trying out these tips and eventually she just learns that you just need to love yourself and be brave. Popular is one of those books I wish I read when I was fifteen. I think this book would be useful for the younger generation who is struggling with the idea of popularity and those who are just too shy to break out of their shell. I think that’s what I love about Maya — she really tries her best to make everyone comfortable in their own skin and open up to her and be friends.
I find Popular so hard to review because you just need to read it. Popular would appeal to the masses regardless of age or wherever you are on the popularity scale. It is definitely one of those books I would keep trying to recommend to people and one I can see myself re-reading in the future.