One of my dear readers, Ms. Payne suggested I might like a new book entitled Popular: Vintage Wisdom For A Modern Geek. The book was written by a 13 year old girl who found an old copy of Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide written in the 1950s. She decided to try an experiment where she would spend one month on each of the different chapters of Ms Cornell’s book and see if it could make her popular. The results are heartwarming and humorous.
I read the whole book, cover to cover, in one day because I adored it that much. I didn’t want to put it down! It was charming and delightful even though it brought up some seriously bad memories of middle school. Ugh. Maya Van Wagenen, the author, is quite a good writer for being a teenager. I mean it isn’t Hemingway, but to be honest I don’t judge books by their flowery prose. If I want to turn the page and read more, or if a book makes me think about something, then I consider it a good book.
As someone who has also gone through a transformation by taking advice from the past, I really related to Maya’s story. Is that weird that I feel like I had a lot in common with a 13 year old? I guess the feelings of insecurity, wanting to be respected for who we are, and the hardships of making lasting friendships are the same at any age. So even though this book is technically for a teenage audience, I highly recommend Popular for some light summer reading.