Popular

Popular

Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek


Read by: Amber Faith
Read by: Lee Adams

Format
Audiobook Download – Unabridged
Price
$29.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Audiobook Download – Unabridged
  • ISBN 9780698157927
  • 6:43:00 Duration
  • Penguin Audio
  • Teen

Overview

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.
 

**Includes a PDF of Maya’s digital photo album

Praise

“I was inspired by her 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 for the New York Times Book Review
 
“Popular taps into a feeling shared by Bradbury and Bieber enthusiasts alike — the need to fit in during middle school.”—USA Today


“An interesting and earnest memoir.” Kirkus Reviews

“While completely appropriate for middle school readers, Popular is even more entertaining for adults.  Van Wagenen is a uniquely gifted talent with a gem of a first novel” VOYA
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