This instructional film, “Are You Popular?” discusses what makes certain people more popular than others; “Parking in cars with the boys at night” is not the key to popularity, apparently.
Someone should tell our romance heroines that (just substitute “Leaving the ball to walk in the garden” in a historical, or “Get trapped during a storm in a remote cabin” for either contemporary or romantic suspense, or how about “Barricade yourself against the vampires during the day with the hot vampire hunter” in a paranormal).
What I want to add to this little film is that there is no way in any kind of situation where that one boy's sweater would cause any response but ridicule. No wonder he can't get a date! Seriously, dude, Bill Cosby called to say your sweater is too damn loud.
How many of us were popular in high school? Or how many of us were the bookworms who hid in the corner to read?