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“Get Boys to Like You and Be Popular!” — 49 Comments

  1. Natalie,

    There is so much to love about this post! My favorite line is: “What’s more, for ONLY $10.95 I too could possess THE SECRET to happiness and a lifetime of PG-rated make-out sessions with my crush.”

    It’s so cute that you sent cash, and they actually sent you the book instead of pocketing your money. I also really like that the message of the book was about having confidence (even though that’s not what 12 year old you wanted to hear 😉
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  2. This was fun…a nice change of tone, blog. You capture moments, even age old memories, so well. I bet you could write young adult stories…

    As for the content, wow, we boys have a completely different version of this secret magazine story; and our magazines were recommending a whole lot more than PG making out. I kind of wish my friends hadn’t exposed me to adult magazines, as it created such unreal expectations…oh, sorry, this isn’t an Oversharing October thread, is it?
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  3. I’m older than you, so my magazines were filled with Rick Springfield and Leif Garrett, but I remember the cheesy advice articles so well. I bought into every single one of them, until I figured out there was no magic trick to popularity. Thanks for making me smile today. I loved the way you told this.
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    I’m actually awfully glad you bought THE SECRET because I always wanted to know what a person got when they bought those things but I had no money to find out. Also, when I did have money, I had much more pressing needs. Like crazy-colored shoelaces or Jelly Bellies.

    And I’d have to argue with the advice anyhow. I was full of confidence and it didn’t help me one lick. I think I’ll start a scam like that, only when kids get my book, it will say, “Dude! Seriously! You have bigger things to worry about. The boy doesn’t have to like you and you can’t make him. Learn this now, get over it, and go out and have fun with your friends because those are the things that will matter more in the long run.”
    That will be thrown in the trash, too, but I’ll be rich so it won’t matter!
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  5. Be confident…what kinda crap is that?! I think I sent for the same book and any of the girls you mentioned Valerie-Katie-Brittany knew it wasn’t a big secret just a state of mind… I really did order some book and I too sent it to the trash but I dropped it in someone elses on the way to school one day

  6. I always wondered what the secret was, but never (thankfully, now) had the money. Mine always went to purchase way too much mascara than should be allowed on a 12-year-old face. Again, that search for confidence…

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