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How to Rock Braces and Glasses [Hardcover]

Meg Haston

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Book Description

Oct. 24 2011 How to Rock
Super-stylish and uber-harsh, Kacey Simon is the social dictator of Marquette Middle School. She's BFFs with the prettiest girls, and she even hosts her own TV segment dispensing advice and the cold, hard truth to her classmates -- whether they want to hear it or not.

But then an eye-infection and a visit to the dentist leave her with coke-bottle glasses, a mouth full of metal, and... a littthp. Dismissed by her popular friends, she falls so far down the social ladder she can barely see the top, even with her magnifying specs.

With nowhere else to turn, Kacey has to hang with her nerdy neighbor and a boy who walks to beat of his own drum -- or rather, to the beat of the drummer in his band. Zander wants Kacey to be their lead singer, but she's determined to reclaim her throne. Will she climb back to the top? Or will she discover that hitting rock bottom kind of... rocks?

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (Oct. 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031606825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068253
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for How to Rock Braces and Glasses:
"As Haston, in her first YA novel, traces Kasey's painful tumble down the popularity hill, she offers some clever dialogue and important life lessons..."

"Written for middle school girls, readers will relate to the obstacles Kacey overcomes. The message of being true to yourself is strong throughout..."—Library Media Connection

"Embrace the brace! How to Rock Braces and Glasses should be renamed How To Rock Your First Novel. Hilarious and heartfelt. I ah-dored it."—Lisi Harrison, author of the #1 bestselling CLIQUE series (and former 4 year braces-wearer and current glasses rocker)

About the Author

Meg Haston graduated from Northwestern University. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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4.0 out of 5 stars High four stars - Title alone earns one star! Dec 5 2011
By Maggie Knapp - Published on
Fast and fun - filled with brand names and cute clothes. Story of 8th grade queen bee Kacey Simon, who gets to experience life on the other side of the tracks, with glasses and a "lithp" due to dental appliances. Lots of pop culture and music references. The banter is amazingly sophisticated and self-aware for 8th graders. Flighty fun, and the best title I've come across in a while. Way to rock a first book, Ms. Haston.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO ROCK braces and glasses Dec 8 2012
By Andrea Teran Chavez - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked this book because it was a story about a girl who was popular, went to the bottom of the social chain, then came back up again where she said she belonged.I didn't really think was a story on HOW TO ROCK them but mostly on her life on how she gets them, deals with them, and gets rid of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review. Nov. 14 2012
By raanai - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. I love it because I love to sing and I wish there were more moments were Kacey a d Zander do a cute duet together.
The first time I read this book, I thought to myself: "Oh great. Another one of THESE stories" but it was nothing I expected. I almost broke into tears and I didn't want to put it down!! I loved it and I hope to be a great authof just like you :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 18 2012
By Tatiana - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book delighted me for popular people and the mean girls at school never seem to care who they step on to push to the top. I think in the end she gets what she deserves. The main reason I chose this book was because I have braces and glasses. I enjoyed it highly. I think most teens will, too.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo to Meg Haston for Debuting With a Book That "Rocked"... Nov. 21 2011
By W. Wallace - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Not having read a book written for a middle school audience, I bought this one because I was drawn to the premise of the story, but I went into it expecting to encounter lightweight characters and not a lot of depth when it came to actual storytelling.

Aye yi yi. I was totally wrong.

Even at her meanest, Kacey Simon is a character you can't help but love. She's intelligent beyond her years. She's funny and sarcastic. She's also quite a fashionista. (Kudos to Meg Haston for making every character's daily outfits a fun part of the story.) Even though her ego gets the best of her and she says hurtful things, you still want to hang in there with her and hope that she will become a better person (and gets the boy!).

Everything about this story From Kacey's school to the bakery where her friends hung out to the music Zander introduces her to, the reader gets to escape into this cool, hip world where hard lessons in humility are learned.

There was a lot about this book that I appreciated--the strong writing, wit intertwined with realism, and a cast of characters you can't help but really like (even at their worst). But most of all, I appreciated the reason for Kacey's meanness was touched upon just enough for the reader to feel for her, but wasn't explored so much that you felt like you were being influenced to feel sympathy and excuse her for being cruel.

The story takes place over two weeks. A lot was crammed into those two weeks. As someone who loves music-themed books, I wish there had been more scenes with Kacey, Zander, and the band.

I'm hoping there will be a sequel. I'm dying to know what happens next for these characters. The end of the book did feel like a cliffhanger...

Finally, I read Nickelodeon is turning this book into a new TV show. I read the description of the TV show and was disappointed to learn that there really isn't anything similar between the show and book. I hope those who watch the show will be curious about the book, read it, and enjoy it as much as I did.

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