Book Reviews of How Not to Be Popular

How Not to Be Popular
How Not to Be Popular
Author: Jennifer Ziegler
ISBN-13: 9780385734653
ISBN-10: 0385734654
Publication Date: 1/8/2008
Pages: 352
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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4.8 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
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Maggie Dempsey has always lived her life as a free spirit with her parents. They move from place to place and are proud hippies. Maggie has had enough when her parents tear her away from her great boyfriend and her friends, when they leave Portland to move to Austin. Maggie decides that the only way for her to not get hurt again is to try not to fit in or make any friends. Easy? Well, not so much. Maggie goes out of her way to make bad fashion choices and say all the wrong things. Trying her hardest to make it difficult for people to like her, Maggie can hardly believe it when the popular guy at school is harassing her and she found a girl, Penny, who sits at lunch with her and makes all kinds of conversation.

Then Maggie remembers, for college, she must get a letter of recommendation from a teacher. What better way than to join a club? Penny announces to her at lunch one day that she's in Helping Hands, it's a club that does community service projects and fundraisers. That's perfect for Maggie, a club filled with do-gooders that will not pay attention to her, and she gladly joins. What she's not prepared for is the possible friendships and heartache that could be on the way.

Okay, I have to say that I LOVED THIS BOOK. No joke, and with that said on with my review. This is the funniest and most entertaining book that I've read all year. I had to put the book down a couple of times, because I was laughing so hard, that I couldn't see the pages. Maggie tries so hard not to be popular, but sometimes , because she is trying so hard, that it just draws more attention to her. But, Maggie just has her best interest at heart, or so she thinks. She doesn't want to be hurt again, and who can blame her? This is a must read for everyone so, put it on your list to buy, I can promise that you won't be disappointed!
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Reviewed by Chelsea Swiggett for TeensReadToo.com

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 soon.
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Reviewed by Chelsea Swiggett for TeensReadToo.com

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 soon.