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Popular: A Memoir (Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek)

by Maya Van Wagenen (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 11 - 18 years

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THE breakout teen author of the year: a six-figure deal and a DreamWorks movie optioned. The real-life diary of Maya, aged fifteen, who decides to follow a 1950s guide to popularity. Curlers, girdles, Vaseline, a strand of pearls: does it work? Goodness gracious: it certainly seems to! Maya is at a Texan school, stuck in the armpit of life, when she hits on her big experiment. She’ll spend a year following a 1950s popularity guide written by former teen model Betty Cornell. No selfies, Facebook or miracle creams. Just vintage clothes and old-fashioned values. The real-life results will make you cringe, laugh, cry and root for Maya on every page. You might even transform your wardrobe…

  • A hilarious true-life story by a talented fifteen year old
  • Can a 21st century dork find answers in a 1950s self-help guide?
  • Original and heartwarming tale full of unexpected discoveries
  • Explores high school anxiety and what it means to be popular

“The real deal… A teenage John Green for the next generation.” Margaret Stohl

Popular is wonderful… charming, touching, entertaining.” Jo Elvin, Glamour

Product Details






Penguin Books Ltd

Date published

April 15th, 2014

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.0; Middle years; 8.0 points



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