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Popular: A Memoir by Maya van Wagenen

When Maya’s dad discovered a popularity guide from the 1950s the summer before her eighth grade year, she decided to take her mother’s advice and try it out. Each month, Maya tacked a new topic from the book: figure problems, make-up, wardrobe, and others. At first, the changes she made seemed to push her even farther down the popularity ladder. But as she pressed on, Maya started to realize that popularity wasn’t about clothes and friends and where you sat in the lunchroom, but something much more important–personality and friendliness.

This memoir gives a unique glimpse into a real life girl’s struggle with popularity, bullying, friendship, and self-confidence. Recommended for anyone who likes reading about people who are willing to take risks.


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