At school, Maya is at the bottom of the social ladder. In other words, he is NOT popular. Then she decided to do a unique social experiment: apply the how-to guide from a book written by 1950s teen model Betty Cornell. She wears an old school corset and skirt, curls her hair, and wears a pearl necklace. Her different appearance made Maya the center of attention. But has it boosted its popularity? This book was written by Maya Van Wagenen when she was fifteen years old, earning her the praise of being a talented young writer. This memoir is full of humor and irony, but it can touch the hearts of readers of all ages.
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Maya Van Wagenen
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.