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  • Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
  • By: Maya Van Wagenen
  • Narrated by: Amber Faith, Lee Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-15-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Listening Library
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen
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?
The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise - meeting and befriending Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers listeners of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.
**Includes a PDF of Maya's digital photo album
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©2014 Maya Van Wagenen (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By madame_ziona on 08-06-18

Be You--No one else

I was assigned to read this book as a reader/reviewer for a statewide teen book awards committee, (a volunteer commitment by library professionals in the state). I do not read much in the way of memoir, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this gem. Maya's journey was a fascinating one to listen to. It was quite a hoot at times with her alternately mortifying (that girdle...) and quintessentially awkward moments of teendom that will resonate with both teens and the adults who remember those cringe-worthy years well. The narrator did a great job sounding like a teenager without sounding whiny and petulant, (as some adults narrators seem to perform teen voice roles). Overall, a fun and endearing read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amy Starkey on 12-08-17

Great young adult read

This is an OBOB book this year. H can’t really imagine my 12 year old son loving it but I wish I could have all my girls in youth group read it. Great message. Not the most impactful book I’ve ever read but it was good.

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