DEAR CAROL: The Price of Popularity

My best friend is really popular and has cool friends. They say to be friends with them, I have to do a special popularity test. They also say I have to dump all my other friends. What should I do?

 – Unsure

Dear Unsure,

What’s cool about telling people whom they can or cannot hang out with? Your other friends mean a lot to you, right? Why even consider dumping them? Be nice to the popular kids, but don’t dismiss the friends who’ve always been there for you and who appreciate you.

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5/30/2009 7:00:00 AM