Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret of Confidence by Maya Van Wagenen
About: 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,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular? (taken from SPL catalog)
Why I Liked It: Have you ever wondered what it means to be popular or what that word really means? Well, Maya did. She was a social misfit at her school and decided to take on an experiment that promised to lead her to popularity when she found an etiquette book from the 1950’s. I admired Maya’s courage and honesty because a lot of the advice that she followed in Betty’s Cornell’s book was not received well by her peers but she powered through each chapter in the hopes of becoming popular but what the lessons she learned really surprised me. Did she ever become popular? That is for the reader to determine. Fun fact our library carries the original Betty Conrell book that Maya followed and I had to check it out for myself just to see if Betty’s advice could still be relevant in 2016.
Reviewed by Veronica