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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.
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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.
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.