How To Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity and a Prom Date: Lousy Life Lessons From 50 Teen Movies

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 13, 2011 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 128 pages
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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. 
 

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Contents

1955 Rebel Without a Cause
8
1961 Splendor in the Grass
10
1976 Carrie
12
1978 Grease
14
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
16
1983 Valley Girl
18
1983 Risky Business
20
1984 Sixteen Candles
22
1999 American Pie
64
1999 Drive Me Crazy
66
1999 Never Been Kissed
68
1999 Varsity Blues
70
1999 Shes All That
72
1999 10 Things I Hate About You
74
2000 Bring It On
76
2000 Whatever It Takes
78

1984 Footloose
24
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street
26
1984 The Karate Kid
28
1985 Teen Wolf
30
1985 The Breakfast Club
32
1986 Pretty in Pink
34
1986 Lucas
36
1986 Ferris Buellers Day Off
38
1988 License to Drive
40
1988 Heathers
42
1989 Say Anything
44
1991 Dont Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead
46
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
48
1992 Encino Man
50
1993 Dazed and Confused
52
1995 Clueless
54
1996 The Craft
56
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer
58
1998 Cant Hardly Wait
60
1999 Jawbreaker
62
2001 Save the Last Dance
80
2001 Sugar Spice
82
2002 The Hot Chick
84
2003 Love Dont Cost a Thing
86
2004 Mean Girls
88
2004 The Girl Next Door
90
2006 John Tucker Must Die
92
2006High School Musical
94
2006 Shes the Man
96
2008 Twilight
98
2009 Youth in Revolt
100
2009 Jennifers Body
102
2009 Fired Up
104
2010 Easy A
106
About the Author
108
Author Acknowledgments
109
Back Cover
113
Spine
114
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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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