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How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
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did not like it
bookshelves: alienating, annoying-heroines, boring, cliches, contemporary, creepy-icky-romance, cringe-worthy-covers, damn-hippies, dumb-ass-heroines, face-palm, freaking-idiots, fuck-this-shit, gary-stu, i-m-in-the-mood-to-snark, icky-romance, just-not-my-thing, mary-sue, meh-characters, offensive, oh-bother, sexist-piece-of-shit, sexual-harassment-panda, torture-me, hair-smelling-weirdos, dsm-iv-can-t-diagnosis, wtf-did-i-read
Recommended to Nasty Lady MJ by: My Sister thought it looked cute this is why she plays oboe
Recommended for: People Looking for Lost Shit in Publishing

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She’s not related to Patrick Dempsey if that’s what you’re wondering. If she was, I might’ve liked Sugar Magnolia (Maggie) better.

If you want to really know how to be unpopular all you have to dress in an inconspicuous manner and have a desire to do something other than socialize (like read YA books). Of course, you might get French Fries thrown at you in the school’s courtyard, but that’s another story for another time.

This book though tells you that the only way to be unpopular is to be a weirdo. And that all unpopular kids are somehow mentally off in a way that meets none of the description in the DMS IV that I know of-I wasn’t a psych major though, so that might be the problem. The point is, this book. It just made me annoyed and angry and gave me a fucking migraine.

So let’s begin shall we before I get out the vodka and do something stupid.

Let’s start with the quote where I knew I was going to have to deal with extraordinary stupidity:

"A tall guy is standing in the middle of the desks with his hands cupped around his mouth for better amplification. He seems like a total Young Republican , with his pressed navy slacks and powder blue button-down. His hair is neatly parted and combed, probably with some sort of mousse or gel in it. He reminds me of the Mormon missionary kids Rosie and Les are always inviting inside for tea and a talk on the Bhagavad Gita." (19)

Well, at least he didn’t have blue eyes.

But this is the love interest, kids. And I’m sorry but I don’t find Young Democrats or Republicans or any Young Politicos sexy. As for young Mormon missionaries, I don’t think they are really trying to look sexy when they’re doing mission work. But if that floats your boat and you give the most cliche YA love interest name (Jack), well, then…

Jack’s your man.

He’s swoon worthy. You know, being the class suck up that tells everyone to shut up at the beginning of class.

"Y’all sit down and be quiet!" (19)

I hated kids like that in school didn’t exactly lust over them.

Though, Maggie wasn’t that much of a princess either.

I have had comments that just hating characters aren’t enough to make someone hate a book, but I think if any of those individuals read this book they’d be agreeing with me that it can ruin a book.

Especially if it’s in first person.

Maggie was just mean.

Yes, I said mean. Anyone who is a nerd in real life is going to hate her. Heck, anyone who loves old TV shows, vintage clothes, and culture is going to hate her.

"This is it. The perfect recipe for supreme dorkdom. I’m in the school cafeteria, dressed like a color-blind geisha pulling food out of a Star Trek lunch box while sitting between my parents and across from Penny" (145).

Save for the popular people in this school apparently and Penny and everyone else.

But I don’t see why?

Maggie’s stunts are just so cringe worthy that I had to put the book down several times to prevent my wall from getting dents in it. You think flashing a guy with your undies is going to make him not like you. It will make you a dumb ass sure…but since most guys like to get in girls pants I don’t think that this is exactly going to be guy repellent.

Then there’s the clothes.

Maggie’s unpopular clothes consists of things that you’d see out of Lola Nolan’s closet. I’m serious. It’s just some bizarre thrift mart wear. That’s really not that bizarre, I was a creative writing major who had morning classes and whose building was frequented by the homeless-I saw some weird fashion shit. I just don’t know why we had to have that scene with her parents coming to the school…well, I guess they had to come to show the kids how to do vagina exercises.

" ‘You know what else you should do for those infections?’ Rosie leans forward and her beads tap rhythmically against the tabletop. ‘ You should do vaginal exercises.’

I hear a choking sound in back of me as one of the giggly girls start hacking and coughing. Turning toward the noise, I find all six of them red faced. Five out of embarrassment, and one from lack of oxygen.

‘Someone your age really should practice these movements,” Rosie keeps on saying to Penny. ‘All you girls should.” She turns to include the group behind us. ‘It will aid urine flow and enhance pleasure during intercourse.’

The girls exchange wide-eyed glances and start laughing incredulously.

‘Here,’ Rosie says. ‘Let me demonstrate.” "(146-147)

Yes, vagina exercises.

I’m sure that the Young Republicans’ Old Republican parents are just going to love it.

But apparently, they did. Since nothing was said in the book about people complaining.

I get that it’s Austin, probably the most liberal of Texas cities, but it’s still Texas. Even though, it’s weird.

Vaginal exercises.

I can’t make this stuff up.

Oh, but it gets better.

Get the popcorn, because this next part of my probably not that epic of a rant is going to be about Maggie’s new b.f.f: Penny. And boy do a have a lot to say about Penny.
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Reading Progress

August 25, 2014 – Started Reading
August 25, 2014 – Shelved
August 25, 2014 –
page 19
5.4% "I think this book just lost me with its unusual love interest's description (points give for no blue eyes), "He seems like a total Young Republican, with his pressed navy slacks and powder blue button-down. His hair is nearly parted and combed, probably with some moose gel in it. He reminds me of the Morman missionary kids Rosie and Les are always inviting inside for tea and walk on the Bhgavad Gita.""
August 26, 2014 –
page 32
9.09% "Bippies=beautiful people. Guys, this book is hilari-bad. I don't know how much of it I can take."
August 26, 2014 –
page 70
19.89% "This is just bizzaro. I'm just going to get to a respectable point to stop so I can review."
August 26, 2014 –
page 92
26.14% "Painful."
August 26, 2014 –
page 111
31.53% "This Penny character is just gross. I'm sorry. I think Ziegler is trying to portray her as somewhat developmentally challenged-though I can't pinpoint what-but it comes off as offensive."
August 26, 2014 –
page 140
39.77% "This one is just making me sick now."
August 26, 2014 –
page 176
50.0% "Is this the fifty percent mark yet?"
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: alienating
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: annoying-heroines
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: boring
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: cliches
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: contemporary
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: creepy-icky-romance
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: cringe-worthy-covers
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: damn-hippies
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: dumb-ass-heroines
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: face-palm
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: freaking-idiots
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: fuck-this-shit
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: gary-stu
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: i-m-in-the-mood-to-snark
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: icky-romance
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: just-not-my-thing
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: mary-sue
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: meh-characters
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: offensive
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: oh-bother
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: sexist-piece-of-shit
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: sexual-harassment-panda
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: torture-me
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: hair-smelling-weirdos
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: dsm-iv-can-t-diagnosis
August 26, 2014 – Shelved as: wtf-did-i-read
August 26, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Maggie was a bitch in the book. I didn’t like how the author always used the same wording “I replied honestly.”


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