Good morning! I’m excited to be at BEA this week and will5/11/2021, 6:46:50 PM
Good morning! I’m excited to be at BEA this week and will hopefully meet many of you today at the Bookstagram table discussion @bookmarauder and I will be leading during BloggerCon here at @bookexpoamerica . (please forgive me for not responding to all the comments from the past week, I’ve been a bit of a mess trying to get ready for this trip!) . But today it’s also time to announce the @deliciousreads May book club selection. “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek”. I read this last year and loved it. It’s a memoir of teenaged Maya Vanwagenen’s experiment with popularity. Basically Maya was stuck at the “lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here.” Maya had never been popular. It was right before starting the eighth grade that Maya happened upon a 1950s popularly guide written by former teen model, Betty Cornell. Maya decided that year she would follow the guide and see where it went. . “Popular” is hilarious and horrifying. (Horrifying to 8th grade Hikari who would not have had the guts to follow a 1950s popularity guide and stick to the rules.) I can’t believe that Maya was brave enough to wear some of the clothes the guide suggested, and do some of the things that forced her out of her comfort zones. Some of the advice was clearly outdated, but she still followed it, which I really admire. But mostly, I loved that this memoir ended with an amazing lesson. Maya’s definition of popularity morphs into a message that I think everyone should read. While this focuses on Maya’s experience in Junior High, the lessons actually could be applied to my life now. (as a *cough* 32 year old *cough*) Maya conducted the experiment when she was 13, and I believe she’s 18 this year. So the book was published when she turned 17. I pretty impressed with Maya all around. ha. I think this one will definitely make for some great discussion and I’m sad I’ll be missing this book club meeting due to my move! Has anyone read this? What’s your definition of popular?