Teen author known for the novel Popular, which chronicled her attempts to become popular in school in eighth grade.
She started her social experiment after reading Betty Cornell's Teen-Age Popularity Guide, which was published in 1953.
Her book was published by Penguin and the movie rights were bought by Dreamworks.
She grew up in a Texas border town, but later moved to Georgia. She has two siblings.
She appeared on the Today Show to promote the book, where she was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie.