How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
Sugar Magnolia "Maggie" Dempsey has been moving all her life. She never minded her hippie parents nomadic lifestyle until this last move. The move that took her away from a best friend and a boyfriend. Now Maggie and her parents are in Austin, TX and Maggie is determined not to fit in at school. Why risk all the heartache when her parents will just up and move in a couple of months? So Maggie tries to be as weird as she can. She wears overalls and galoshes. She carries a tin lunch box. She invites her parents to eat lunch in the cafeteria. But it doesn't seem to be working...Maggie starts to make friends and she notices that other people start wearing overalls and carrying tin lunch boxes. What is it with these kids in Austin?
I've noticed a lot of people reviewing this lately and I had to add my review to the mix because this book was such fun to read! Most people try to be popular and some people just act like themselves, but who has ever heard of someone trying not to be popular? Maggie's outfits were hilarious. And it was funny seeing how her best efforts were actually making her popular. There were some cliches in this book, such as the popular kids being the mean ones and the "uncool" kids being the ones that befriended Maggie. Still, all in all, Maggie's adventures were fun to read about. The ending has some nice twists to it that I enjoyed. A little dash of sadness, a little sprinkle of humility, a few cups of happy endings, and a lot of humor make this a book that you should definitely pick up. And isn't this just an awesome cover?