Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen is a teen memoir with a fun twist.
Maya Van Wagenen discovers a 1950's teen popularity guide while helping
organize her father's office, she just thinks of it as a weird
curiosity -- until her mother suggests that she take the guide's advice
for her eighth grade school year and document the consequences. Though
she initially balks at the idea, she finds she can't get it out of her
head, and so she embarks on a quest for the 1950's teen ideal. She
starts with the easiest chapters and works her way up to the more
challenging ones. Along the way, of course, she learns a lot of
interesting stuff about popularity, her fellow students, and herself.
I read this all in one evening -- I definitely found it a fun, engaging read. It would pair well with Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt, a novel with a similar premise. I'd recommend this to readers who enjoy memoirs and high school stories.
(Reviewed from a finished copy, courtesy of the publisher and YALSA.)