Popular_comp9.indd Book Summary:

I read this book because it is a Truman Award nominee for the 2016-2017 calendar.

This is the true story of Maya Van Wagenen and her journey to find out what happens when she uses 1950’s etiquette rules during her 8th grade year.

Maya isn’t the least popular kid at her school but she is definitely not in the popular crowd.  When she comes across an old etiquette book, she wonders what would happen if she uses these rules.  Will it make her more popular?

Maya sets off on this journey by working on her hair, her skin care regime, how she dresses.  What will happen to her popularity status and she goes against the crowd and experiments with popularity?

My Thoughts:

First of all, I’m very excited that a nonfiction book is going to be a Truman nominee.  Nonfiction isn’t my favorite, but I love that it is being represented.

I thought Maya’s journey through the etiquette book was cute and fun.  It took a lot of guts to dress differently than everyone else.  I also was impressed by how much Maya’s parents supported her through the whole process. I really liked how Maya realized that, pretty much, everyone is the same at the core.  We all have the same issues and problems.  Communication can fix a lot of things.

It will be interesting to see what students think of this book, especially the boys.  I hope it makes people break out of their comfort zones and become friends with a wide variety  of people.


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