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"Zippy and full of wit, Ziegler’s work is engaging, touching, and full of laughs." - Rob Thomas, author of Rat Saw God and creator of Veronica Mars

“Maggie and Jack’s relationship rings true, adding an irresistible sincerity to both characters that allows Maggie’s self-discovery and growth to unfold naturally. Thoughtful and fun.”—Kirkus Reviews


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About the Author

Jennifer Ziegler is the author of Alpha Dog and Sass & Serendipity. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440240247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440240242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the funniest and most entertaining book that I've read all year.
Mae Day
The plot was easy to follow and fun to read, although some parts of the story were more emotional.
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I really enjoyed reading this book and I cant wait to read more books from this author.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.

Reviewed by: Chelsea Swiggett
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on March 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sugar-Mags Dempsey aka Maggie has ultraliberal parents. They wander carelessly across the U.S. settling down only for months at a time before packing up and leaving.

Except the move from Portland where Maggie's serious boyfriend, Trevor remains, is the final straw. After a week of being a way Trevor decides to break it off with Maggie and this sets in motion a most conniving plan. To be unpopular.

Whatever it is, talking about her vagina, sitting with the losers, owning a Star Trek backpack Maggie will do it just to avoid making friends, just to avoid feeling hurt when the inevitable move comes.

Despite her plans though something happens that makes Maggie sadder than ever though...

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Cute book. I liked it a lot because of the laugh out loud funny extremes Maggie takes to be unpopular. The book is dotted with eccentric, unforgettable characters and a true sense of high school.

I was kind of peeved along the way at Maggie for being so mean about the people who took her in. However, I think every feeling Maggie had was genuinely how a girl in high school would have felt about it all. This book is surprisingly deep, not all shallow and about cliques and it's also fun.

I recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By askmonkey on May 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This novel is about a teenage girl named Maggie (real name: Sugar Magnolia) whose hippie parents don't like to live in one place for very long. As a result, Maggie is moving to yet another new town and is tired of leaving and eventually losing her friends. So, she hatches up a plan to be unpopular and thus not make any friends at all, but in the end (I don't think this is a spoiler for anyone) she does.

As a disclaimer, I have to say that I am a fan of adult chick lit, but have a harder time with YA chick lit, mostly because I was not as boy crazy as most of the teenage main characters in this genre. So, in the beginning, I really disliked this book. The main character initially comes across as whiny and snobby--every parent's nightmare of what their teenager will turn into. But after the first few chapters, the humor of her situation begins to seep through. She obviously loves her flighty parents who are embarrassingly funny and begins to realize how shallow she used to be. Eventually she begins to empathize with her new dorky friends (who sound like the type of people I would have hung around in high school). The novel is obviously not intended to be great literature, but rather a fun, quick read and I think it served its purpose pretty well. While I was reading, I could definitely see this novel spinning off into a teen chick movie in the vein of "Mean Girls", starring any of the popular teen actresses of the moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda V. on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was great! When I first started reading it, it pulled me in right away. I think this is a great book for teens. This book has a lot to do with teenage life. It was a little bit slow in the middle of the book, but it became better towards the last quarter. The last quarter really pulled me in, and was very interesting. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was that it had a lot of swearing in it. All in the the book was great and I can't wait to read more of her books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mae Day on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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