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How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (and a Prom Date)
     

How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (and a Prom Date)

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by Nikki Roddy
 

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Teen movies are a tremendous part of our culture—and so many of them have become classics. But does anyone really look at what these films are teaching us? Do black leather pants really lead to instant popularity (like they do for Sandy in Grease)? Should you really stalk a girl to win her over (like Lloyd Dobler does in Say Anything)? And if you steal

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Teen movies are a tremendous part of our culture—and so many of them have become classics. But does anyone really look at what these films are teaching us? Do black leather pants really lead to instant popularity (like they do for Sandy in Grease)? Should you really stalk a girl to win her over (like Lloyd Dobler does in Say Anything)? And if you steal your dad’s car and solicit a prostitute (like Joel in Risky Business), will you really get into an Ivy League school? This hilarious read gives us synopses from 50 classic teen movies and brings to light all the brilliant (well, maybe not) advice offered up in each one. Quotes and quizzes also included.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sardonic gift book, Roddy extracts the implicit messages behind such popular teen movies as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (“To jumpstart a better relationship with your dad, let your best friend cost him millions in property damage”) and Clueless (“A smart, sensitive guy will eventually fall for a ditzy, self-serving girl as long as she promises to be a little nicer to people—and is ridiculously hot”). With film synopses, quotes, movie stills, and quizzes, the book provides a crash course for readers who aren’t familiar with all of the films, most of which are from the 1980s onward. Roddy’s spicy commentary also gives teens food for thought about subliminal media messages. Ages 14–up. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Chronological lists of anything usually provoke yawns, not fits of giggles. For the most part, this book is the exception. Presenting 50 well-chosen teen movies from the 1950s to 2010, it includes a comical summary of each one; a photo (most are in color and look like grainy screen caps); a memorable quote, comical quiz, or thoughts; and a wry, witty "life lesson." Readers need not have seen the movies to enjoy the book. In fact, it is more fun when you haven't, as the summaries will make readers laugh and wonder how any studio green-lighted the projects or any actors agreed to star in such productions. Some of the seemingly unbelievable premises may encourage teens to want to view the movie, but that doesn't seem to be the intent of the book. For all the laughs and well-placed sarcasm, though, the premise begins to wear thin, depending on readers' tolerance for the repetitive nature of teen movie plots. Some entries are clearly funnier and better thought out than others. Most entries have some mention of sex, but the entry for Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the most graphic with its description and photo of two of the main characters practicing their oral-sex technique on carrots in the school cafeteria.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982732229
Publisher:
Zest Books
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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How To Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (and a Prom Date)

Lousy Life Lessons From 50 Teen Movies
By Nikki Roddy

Zest Books

Copyright © 2011 Nikki Roddy
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780982732229

INTRODUCTION
Teen movies are awesome. Where else can we see the nerdy girl wind up with the hot school president, the arrogant jerk accidentally fall in love with the girl he’s been lying to, or the underdog beat up the school jock and then attain top dog status? We love teen movies because they make us laugh and cry. They give us the opportunity to cheer on our favorite characters as they make their ways through the vicious battlefield of high school. But in the end, what are these movies really teaching us about life?

Let’s look at the classic film Grease. Sandy finally finds true love with Danny, but not until she ditches her good-girl clothes and gets a slutty makeover. Um, OK. In Twilight, Edward woos Bella by telling her he wants to suck all of the blood out of her. That’s romantic? In Carrie, we learn that teen angst can lead a girl to setting her whole school on fire on prom night (and then killing her mother). And in Lucas, the main character achieves popularity status by throwing himself under a dog pile at a football game. Dazed and Confused isn’t much better—Sabrina, a freshman girl, becomes popular only after senior girls force her to lie on the ground covered in condiments and flop around like frying bacon.

This stuff is funny, sure, but it’s not the kind of behavior you want to base your life on. You don’t need to look trampy to get a guy to like you, true love doesn’t have to be death defying, and it is not worth sacrificing your life or pride to be popular. Right? There’s more to life than fighting, crying, and lying your way to popularity and a prom date. Just maybe not in the movies.

SIXTEEN CANDLES
1984

It’s Sam’s 16th birthday and her family doesn’t even notice because they’re too busy planning her sister’s wedding. On top of that, she can’t seem to get Jake Ryan, the hottest senior guy in school, to notice her. Jake’s girlfriend, Caroline, has a ridiculously hot body and Sam has a tragic lack of curves.

Then, on her birthday, Sam accidentally drops a "sex quiz" in the school hallway. Jake finds it, and sees that his name is written in response to the question asking who Sam wants to "do it" with. Suddenly, Jake is intrigued. As the day goes on, Jake tries to figure out more about Sam, which includes having a heart-to-heart with a geeky freshman named Ted who’s in love with Sam. The next day, which happens to be Sam’s sister’s wedding day, Jake breaks up with Caroline and shows up in front of the church, ready to pick Sam up and make out. Later that night, he even brings her a belated birthday cake.

After Jake finds Sam’s sex quiz, he:

a.
Brags to his friend about how Sam is "always looking at" him.

b. Threatens to kick Ted’s ass if he finds out that Ted lied to him about Sam’s affections.

c. Hands his drunk and practically unconscious girlfriend over to Ted, so that Ted could mess around with her.

d. Dumps his girlfriend, using her "hookup" with Ted as an excuse.



Answer: All of the above. Does Jake seem like kind of a creep to anyone else?

Sound bite

Jake [leaning over Sam’s birthday cake]: Happy birthday, Samantha. Make a wish.

Samantha: It already came true.

LIFE LESSON

To snag your dream guy, just let him know you want to "do it" with him.  

 

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Meet the Author

Nikki Roddy is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. She writes on culture, fashion, and music for various publications including SOMA magazine, About-Face.org, and Bandega.com.

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SandraHeptinstall More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all the short stories that Zest has put out when I get the chance too. This book is about teen movies from 1955-2010. It starts in my parent¿s generation for two movies, and then mine, my kids and my grand kids. That makes four generations. Each movie they show a picture, and then they have a short synopses of the book. Then you will read some crazy, really bad life lessons. This was so much fun to read. It brought back some fun memories of movies in my time period, and what was going on in my life. This is a fast, fun, and easy read. If you want to walk down memory lane this is the book for you.