'Popular': A 1960's style approach to becoming 'cool' in the modern world

April 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM ET

Video: A teenager who followed the advice from a 1950s guide on how to be popular has now written her own book, “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek,” and tells TODAY that some tips from the past remain relevant today.

Read an excerpt from Maya Van Wagenen's, "Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek" 

Video: Maya Van Wagenen, 15, documented her year-long experience following a 1950s popularity guide in her book “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek.” She tells Kathie Lee and Hoda that when Steven Spielberg offered her a movie deal for the book, she didn’t believe it.

Excerpted from Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, copyright (c) 2014 by Maya Van Wagenen. Used with permission by Dutton Juvenile, all rights reserved.