Being Popular

popularity has its ups and downs

Popularity has its ups and downs

First, I am not sure that anyone (let alone a teen) would be caught dead reading a book about popularity. Second, it is from 1991, so I doubt any of the references (or the technology) would apply. Third, the advice is generic. In my experience (I know it was a long time ago…), it isn’t the popularity that is the issue, it’s the lack of inclusion.

I know from my own teenage years that being excluded or included was very much something I worried about, as did my friends. In the current climate of school shootings, bullying, helicopter parenting, and a million other things I never thought about as a teen, this book just seems trite.

Weed it!


popularity back cover

who wants to be popularity


how to be different but well liked

myths of popularity


  1. I definitely thought about bullying. Hard not to think about something that happens to you every day.

    1. Hoo boy, do I feel what you are saying! There’s a huge difference between not being popular and being bullied.

  2. This has nothing to do with the book. The large ad at the top of your home page misspells Mastodon as Mastadon! You must fix this post-haste!

  3. The section title “How to be different but well liked” does have sound advice. The suggestions for what to say/do and what not to say/do are exactly right, and I wish I’d had those hints when I was a teenager. As mature adults, of course, the advice seems so obvious — but when you’re trying to learn to get along with people (not merely to be popular, but just to get along!), such advice is very helpful. Of course, the book still is out of date and should be tossed, but not because the advice is too generic.

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