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,' the author decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. This book tells her story.
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When not hunched over a desktop writing, Maya enjoys reading, British Television, and chocolate. She now lives with her parents and two siblings in a 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.
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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