Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence

Maya Van Wagenen (Author)
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Publish Date
April 21, 2015
5.4 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Maya Van Wagenen is sixteen 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 junior in high school .


A New York Times bestseller!

Maya Van Wagenen is a Time magazine Top 16 Most Influential Teen of 2013

and a Huffington Post Most Fearless Teen of 2013

"I was inspired by her journey and made a point of saving a copy of 'Popular' for my sister,

who starts middle school this fall. Maybe if I had read it when I was her age, it could have

saved me from a world of hurt, or at least put that world in perspective."

--Maude Apatow for the New York Times Book Review

"Popular taps into a feeling shared by Bradbury and Bieber enthusiasts alike--the need to

fit in during middle school." --USA Today

"Everyone's happiness project looks different, and I was utterly charmed by Maya Van

Wagenen's honest, funny, and thought-provoking account of her efforts to become 'popular.'"

--Gretchen Rubin, #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project

"Geeky and dorky, but never wimpy, Maya Van Wagenen is as powerful and honest as she

is quirky and funny--and startlingly gifted. She's the real deal, folks, a teenage John Green

for the next generation. Stunning." --Margaret Stohl, bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series

"Maya Van Wagenen's memoir, Popular, would have been wonderful to read as a kid, and

so reassuring to Nerdy Teenage Me. Her year-long experiment in popularity is timeless; the

intelligent and humane way she gets to the heart of the matter is uniquely her.

Funny, determined, and wry, Van Wagenen has written a wise, heartfelt guide for

other kids eager to keep up." --Rachel Hartman, bestselling author of Seraphina

"An interesting and earnest memoir." --Kirkus Reviews

"While completely appropriate for middle school readers, Popular is even more entertaining

for adults. Van Wagenen is a uniquely gifted talent with a gem of a first novel" --VOYA