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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir) Paperback – 15 Apr 2014
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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)
About the Author
Maya Van Wagenen is fifteen years old. When she was eleven, her family moved to Brownsville, Texas, the setting of Popular. When not hunched over a desktop writing, Maya enjoys reading, British television and chocolate. She now lives with her parents and two siblings in 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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For every young teenager out there, girl or boy, this is a book for you. And for every adult who adhered to the school social hierarchy or was made an outcast by it, this is a wonderful read. Maya's experiment shows what courage, determination, tolerance, openness and kindness can do in the world around you. She writes with a natural style which shines through and reaches out to the heart of the reader in her youthful wisdom and humour.
What an inspiration!