Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Audiobook, by Maya Van Wagenen Play Audiobook Sample

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Audiobook

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Audiobook, by Maya Van Wagenen Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Amber Faith, Lee Adams Publisher: Penguin Random House Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780698157927

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76:04 minutes

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26:54 minutes

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A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen

Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular?

The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise—meeting and befriending Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.


**Includes a PDF of Maya's digital photo album

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“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 


  • “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 New York Times 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, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series
  • “An interesting and earnest memoir of a social experiment conducted by a contemporary eighth-grader who follows the advice in a popularity guide written for 1950s-era teens and blogged the experience for one school year…A fascinating and unusual slice-of-life work.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About Maya Van Wagenen

Maya Van Wagenen is fifteen 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 a rural Georgia. She is a sophomore in high school but still shares a room with her sixth grade brother. Remarkably they have not yet killed each other.

About Lee Adams

Lee Adams has been a voice artist for many years. Her work for the Educational Television Network can be heard on an array of videos, television series, station identifications, and commercials. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and lends her talents to various animation projects whenever possible. Lee has narrated both fiction and nonfiction audiobooks.