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How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
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Jun 05, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

Hilariously funny! Maggie has just moved to Austin, Texas with her loveably wacky hippie parents who have moved every few months, living all over the world, doing whatever they wanted when the mood struck them. Maggie left behind good friends and her boyfriend Trevor in Portland, Oregon. Trevor dumps her via a text message, and Maggie decides that she is never, ever getting attached to anyone again, since that would only make leaving painful (again). And thus begins the social experiment of unpopularity: Maggie decides to do exactly the opposite of what all of the popular kids do. She knows that quite well because she's been in the popular group all her life. Maggie starts off with clothes -- from the resale shop her father is running, she throws together outfits like gray mechanics overalls and black galoshes, accessorized by a Star Trek backpack and matching lunch box, and the next day a kimono, and the day after that she dresses like a psycho Bo Peep. The popular kids are predictably mean and shallow, and Maggie accidentally makes friends with Jack and Penny, and discovers they are quirky and wonderful people. How attached will she allow herself to get? Chick lit with a brain for 8th grade and up!

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