Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence

“Popularity is more than looks. It’s not clothes, hair, or even possessions. When we let go of these labels, we see how flimsy and relative they actually are. Real popularity is kindness and acceptance. It is about who you are, and how you treat others.”

Title: Popular

Author: Maya Van Wagenen

Series: Standalone

Publication: April 15th 2014 by Dutton Children’s

Pages: 272

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular?
Maya Van Wagenen is about to find out. 

Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.

The real-life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence, along with a better understanding of what it means to be popular.


A Listical of Thoughts:

  • My first nonfiction book, yay!
  • Oh… it’s like a diary? Cool
  • IT IS ACTUALLY HER DIARY. This feels way more private.
  • School is the armpit of life.
  • People are assholes. Gosh, this brings back some of my worst memories.

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Recent 2017 Cover Reveals (I’m Squealing)

(Basically me)

There was a recent slew of cover reveals across the internet and they have put my brain into a tizzy. I WANT THEM ALL! What self-respecting book dragon wouldn’t see a pretty book and spaz? I’d be lying if I said I’ve never judged a book by its cover — because I judge so hard. Even if I love the book, sometimes I know the covers are atrocious. What’s better than a fantastic read? A FANTASTIC BOOK WITH AN EQUALLY GORGEOUS COVER.

Check out some of the covers that tickled my fancy…. that’s putting it lightly. I’m not even interested in reading some of these, but I want them anyways. High five cover designers!

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All American Boys

“Nobody says the words anymore, but somehow the violence still remains. If I didn’t want the violence to remain, I had to do a hell of a lot more than just say the right things and not say the wrong things.”

Title: All American Boys

Authors: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Series: Standalone

Publication: September 29th 2015 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Pages: 316

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Rashad is absent again today.

That’s the sidewalk graffiti that started it all…

Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.

And that’s how it started.

And that’s what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn’t tell a soul…He’s not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school—and nation—start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like “racism” and “police brutality.” Quinn realizes he’s got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he’s a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be.

Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.

Cuz that’s how it can end.


My Thoughts:

All American Boys is about All-American racism. It is about police brutality, what it means to choose a side, and how not choosing a side makes you part of the problem. All American Boys offers contrasting views of the same incident – both from the victim and from a bystander. This is a story of troubles those with privilege would never likely think twice about. It is a story about choosing to take a stand when everyone around you tells you you’re wrong. It is about honesty, responsibility, and how perceptions can be both subtle and out in the open yet be equally problematic and hurtful.

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OwlCrate: February 2017

MY OWLCRATE BOX CAME TODAY AND I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW! Ugh, I needed this. Midterms are next week and my OwlCrate box just lifted my mood out of the gutter. YAY FOR BOOKISH THINGS.

In case you don’t know what the glorious OwlCrate is, it’s just like Fandom of the Month only.. better? I don’t know, I love them both. OwlCrate gives you a new release in the Young Adult world and a bunch of bookish stuff centered around a specific theme. It’s a subscription box that is worth every little penny – count on that. (You guys can sign up here)

This month’s box had a wonderful theme. As soon as I found out about it, I was salivating. For the generally depressing for single people month of February, the theme was…

Run away with the circus!

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