How Not To Be Popular

How Not To Be Popular

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Maggie Dempsey is tired of moving all over the country. Her parents are second-generation hippies who uproot her every year or so to move to a new city. When Maggie was younger, she thought it was fun and adventurous. Now that she's a teenager, she hates it. When she moved after her freshman year, she left behind good friends, a great school, and a real feeling of belonging. When she moved her sophomore year, she left behind a boyfriend, too. Now that they've moved to Austin, she knows better. She's not going to make friends. She's not going to fit in. Anything to prevent her from liking this new place and them from liking her. Only . . . things don't go exactly as planned.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 339 pages
  • 141 x 210 x 20mm | 304g
  • Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0440240247
  • 9780440240242
  • 595,310

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"Zippy and full of wit, Ziegler's work is engaging, touching, and full of laughs." - Rob Thomas, author of Rat Saw God and creator of Veronica Mars "Maggie and Jack's relationship rings true, adding an irresistible sincerity to both characters that allows Maggie's self-discovery and growth to unfold naturally. Thoughtful and fun."--Kirkus Reviews
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About Jennifer Ziegler

Jennifer Ziegler is the author of Alpha Dog and Sass & Serendipity. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.
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4,212 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (1,429)
3 28% (1,176)
2 9% (391)
1 3% (110)

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A lot of young adult books deal with regular teenagers trying to fit in. HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR, however, is the exact opposite. Maggie Dempsey can't ever remember being rooted down in one place. Her mother and father are constantly moving, dragging Maggie along with them. But she's getting sick of it. She's emotionally drained from leaving her good friends over and over again. So when she packs up and moves to Austin, she has a plan. She's going to become a social pariah. She'll throw together outrageous outfits and talk to all the wrong people. What's the point of making friends and getting hurt again if she's going to be leaving in three months anyways? But things aren't as easy as she thought they would be. I loved this book. I was right next to Maggie the entire time, rooting for her as she tried to find herself and feeling her pain as she realized her mistakes. I wish I had read this a few years ago; it teaches a lesson that all teenagers should learn and know. Being you is one of the most important rules to follow. HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR is definitely one of the most interesting books I've read this year. Complete with comical situations and moral lessons, it's one I won't be forgetting anytime more
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