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
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.