Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

by Maya Van Wagenen

Who: Eighth grader Maya Van Wagenen
What: Determined to discover the secret to popularity, Maya follows the advice of a guide written in the 1950s
Where: Brownsville, Texas
When: 2012
Why: A combination of stunt journalism (she loves to write) and the sincere desire to rise in popularity
How: For her eighth grade school year, Maya chooses a different chapter to follow for each month

What does it mean to be popular? Can one change one's popularity status? Can the advice of a model from the fifties change the life of an unpopular eighth grader in 2012?

Read and find out!

This is a cute, yet predictable read. I've already read this same story in two adult novels--Elegance and The Thing About Miss Spring.


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