An Excerpt From the Award-Winning Tell-All
Lucy and CeCee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School
Do’s and Don’ts on How to be Popular:
♥ DO possess confidence. Walk down the hall like you’re important and people will think you’re important. Make eye contact and smile, smile, smile.
♥ DO flaunt a positive attitude. No one likes a Grumpie Gretchen.
♥ DO go to all the dances and after school social events.
♥ DO go to parties when you’re invited and get your social on. Sometime during the year (maybe around your birthday) throw your own epic party. Invite everyone, including the popular kids.
♥ DON’T ever be mean to other kids and DON’T gossip.
♥ DON’T over do it. No one likes a desperate wannabe.
♥ DON’T ever drink or do drugs to be popular.* You’ll just get the wrong reputation.
♥ DON’T do things with guys just to be popular. Again, you’ll be popular but in the wrong way. Remember: a reputation can follow you all the way into high school.
If someone does try to get you to drink or do drugs, you can say “no” and still be cool. Here are some ways to deal with peer pressure:
Situation – Patty Peer Pressure comes up to you and says, “Hey, you should take a drag of this cigarette. It would make you look so fly.”
♥ Come up with an alternate idea. Example: “No thanks. Let’s go chat it up with Stacie instead.”
♥ Be nice but firm. Make it clear you don’t want to smoke now or in the future. In other words, don’t say, “Maybe next time,” or “Maybe tomorrow.” Say, “I’m not really into that scene. I try to be really healthy.” If she persists, walk away.
♥ Hang with people who share your same beliefs and values.
♥ Remember a true friend will always respect your wishes.
BEWARE: Popularity is flimsy. You can be popular one day and not so much the next. In other words, it’s way more important to find a group of friends you like and vice-versa.