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How Not to Be Popular [Hardcover]

Jennifer Ziegler
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8 Jan 2008
Maggie Dempsey is tired of moving all over the country. Her parents are second-generation hippies who uproot her every year or so to move to a new city. When Maggie was younger, she thought it was fun and adventurous. Now that she’s a teenager, she hates it. When she moved after her freshman year, she left behind good friends, a great school, and a real feeling of belonging. When she moved her sophomore year, she left behind a boyfriend, too. Now that they’ve moved to Austin, she knows better. She’s not going to make friends. She’s not going to fit in. Anything to prevent her from liking this new place and them from liking her. Only . . . things don’t go exactly as planned.

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  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (8 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385734654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385734653
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,109,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 8 Jan 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
A lot of young adult books deal with regular teenagers trying to fit in. HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR, however, is the exact opposite.

Maggie Dempsey can't ever remember being rooted down in one place. Her mother and father are constantly moving, dragging Maggie along with them. But she's getting sick of it. She's emotionally drained from leaving her good friends over and over again.

So when she packs up and moves to Austin, she has a plan. She's going to become a social pariah. She'll throw together outrageous outfits and talk to all the wrong people. What's the point of making friends and getting hurt again if she's going to be leaving in three months anyways?

But things aren't as easy as she thought they would be.

I loved this book. I was right next to Maggie the entire time, rooting for her as she tried to find herself and feeling her pain as she realized her mistakes. I wish I had read this a few years ago; it teaches a lesson that all teenagers should learn and know. Being you is one of the most important rules to follow.

HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR is definitely one of the most interesting books I've read this year. Complete with comical situations and moral lessons, it's one I won't be forgetting anytime soon.

Reviewed by: Chelsea Swiggett
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2.0 out of 5 stars it's not that good 21 May 2011
Format:Paperback
When I bought this book I was really looking forward to it. The story seemed to be really interesting and definitely original.
While I was reading it, however, the plot didn't really get started. She came, went to school with a new plan, doesn't work (who'd have expected that?), gets the greatest friends ever. I put the book back on my shelf several times before I finish it.The characters are also not three-dimensional at all, you don't get to know them that well.
It did, however, tell a lot about what to do to make sure you'll not be popular. Most of the "tips" however, evolved around her clothes and her club choices.
The writing style was okay, but very simple and it didn't make up for the lack of everything else. I think the book would be better if you were around the age of 12 or younger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 8 Jan 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A lot of young adult books deal with regular teenagers trying to fit in. HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR, however, is the exact opposite.

Maggie Dempsey can't ever remember being rooted down in one place. Her mother and father are constantly moving, dragging Maggie along with them. But she's getting sick of it. She's emotionally drained from leaving her good friends over and over again.

So when she packs up and moves to Austin, she has a plan. She's going to become a social pariah. She'll throw together outrageous outfits and talk to all the wrong people. What's the point of making friends and getting hurt again if she's going to be leaving in three months anyways?

But things aren't as easy as she thought they would be.

I loved this book. I was right next to Maggie the entire time, rooting for her as she tried to find herself and feeling her pain as she realized her mistakes. I wish I had read this a few years ago; it teaches a lesson that all teenagers should learn and know. Being you is one of the most important rules to follow.

HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR is definitely one of the most interesting books I've read this year. Complete with comical situations and moral lessons, it's one I won't be forgetting anytime soon.

Reviewed by: Chelsea Swiggett
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick read 13 May 2008
By askmonkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This novel is about a teenage girl named Maggie (real name: Sugar Magnolia) whose hippie parents don't like to live in one place for very long. As a result, Maggie is moving to yet another new town and is tired of leaving and eventually losing her friends. So, she hatches up a plan to be unpopular and thus not make any friends at all, but in the end (I don't think this is a spoiler for anyone) she does.

As a disclaimer, I have to say that I am a fan of adult chick lit, but have a harder time with YA chick lit, mostly because I was not as boy crazy as most of the teenage main characters in this genre. So, in the beginning, I really disliked this book. The main character initially comes across as whiny and snobby--every parent's nightmare of what their teenager will turn into. But after the first few chapters, the humor of her situation begins to seep through. She obviously loves her flighty parents who are embarrassingly funny and begins to realize how shallow she used to be. Eventually she begins to empathize with her new dorky friends (who sound like the type of people I would have hung around in high school). The novel is obviously not intended to be great literature, but rather a fun, quick read and I think it served its purpose pretty well. While I was reading, I could definitely see this novel spinning off into a teen chick movie in the vein of "Mean Girls", starring any of the popular teen actresses of the moment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The truth about being a loser.... 10 Mar 2008
By Jenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sugar-Mags Dempsey aka Maggie has ultraliberal parents. They wander carelessly across the U.S. settling down only for months at a time before packing up and leaving.

Except the move from Portland where Maggie's serious boyfriend, Trevor remains, is the final straw. After a week of being a way Trevor decides to break it off with Maggie and this sets in motion a most conniving plan. To be unpopular.

Whatever it is, talking about her vagina, sitting with the losers, owning a Star Trek backpack Maggie will do it just to avoid making friends, just to avoid feeling hurt when the inevitable move comes.

Despite her plans though something happens that makes Maggie sadder than ever though...

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Cute book. I liked it a lot because of the laugh out loud funny extremes Maggie takes to be unpopular. The book is dotted with eccentric, unforgettable characters and a true sense of high school.

I was kind of peeved along the way at Maggie for being so mean about the people who took her in. However, I think every feeling Maggie had was genuinely how a girl in high school would have felt about it all. This book is surprisingly deep, not all shallow and about cliques and it's also fun.

I recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful change of pace 19 Nov 2009
By anna kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If there's one thing I hate, it's a YA book that exploits all the stereotypes and cliches about high school and its inhabitants. That's why I found this book so incredibly refreshing. It tells a lovely, funny, serious story about a girl who is determined not to fit in because she figures it's not worth it. The main character, the love interest, the New Age-y, all-about-love parents, the typical popular and unpopular crowds - I loved reading about them all, and there's no better compliment I can give. I like books which show where the high school stereotypes come from, and also show how they're different at the same time. Maggie's complex, layered journey to self-discovery was gripping and just plain cool. I only checked it out at the library, but I would love to own it one day. Fans of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli will love this book, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pullled me in 16 Mar 2009
By Rhonda V. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thought this book was great! When I first started reading it, it pulled me in right away. I think this is a great book for teens. This book has a lot to do with teenage life. It was a little bit slow in the middle of the book, but it became better towards the last quarter. The last quarter really pulled me in, and was very interesting. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was that it had a lot of swearing in it. All in the the book was great and I can't wait to read more of her books.
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