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By Maya Van Wagenen

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A breakout teenager writer explores the real which means of recognition and the way to outlive center tuition during this hysterically humorous, touchingly sincere modern memoir.

Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls aid a shy woman develop into popular?
Maya Van Wagenen is set to discover out.

Stuck close to the ground of the social ladder at "pretty a lot the bottom point of individuals in class who aren't paid to be here," Maya hasn't ever been well known. yet prior to beginning 8th grade, she makes a decision to start a distinct social test: spend the varsity yr following a Nineteen Fifties reputation advisor, written by way of former youngster version Betty Cornell.

The real-life effects are hilarious, painful, and full of unforeseen surprises. informed with humor and charm, Maya's trip deals readers of every age a completely modern instance of kindness and self-confidence, in addition to a greater realizing of what it skill to be renowned.

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