Since the 1950s, teen movies have not only been box-office gold, they have demonstrated the glorious results of misbehaving youth. How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (and a Prom Date): Lousy Life Lessons From 50 Teen Movies (December 2011; Zest Books; $12.99 US; 128 pages; illustrated; paperback; ISBN-13: 978-0-9827322-2-9) takes a humorously critical look at 50 legendary pop culture films and the interesting impressions they make.
Spanning more than five decades of Hollywood’s best, the book starts with 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause and ends with 2010’s Easy A, with Footloose, Carrie, Bring It On and a lot of John Hughes represented throughout.
Each entry includes a short synopsis of each film and its pivotal moment. The “life lesson” is highlighted (i.e. Valley Girl’s lesson: “Date the obnoxious jock until a hot, renegade punker with a violent streak sweeps you off your feet). There are also movie quotes and hilariously sarcastic quizzes. Iconic pictures round out the coverage on each movie.
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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
December 2011; $12.99 US;
128 pages; illustrated; paperback original
Ages 14+, Teen nonfiction
Nikki Roddy is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. She writes on culture, fashion, and music, and her work has been seen in both print and online publications, including 944 Magazine and Bandega.com. She is the author of Take Me With You: Off-to-College Advice from One Chick to Another.