Sunday, June 3, 2012

How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston

How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston is a great book. It is a story about a gorgeous, truthful, stylish girl named Kacey Simon who is the accepted social dictator of Marquette Middle School. Until she gets an eye infection and a visit to the dentist leave her with huge glasses, a mouth full of metal, and…. a lithhhp! Dissed and left by her popular friends, Kacey is forced to hang out with a boy who jams in his own band and wears skinny jeans. But as she adjusts to life as a loser, she’s surprised to find that Skinny Jeans is kind of hot, and his band is cool. Suddenly, hitting rock bottom feels oddly uplifting. Luckily, two outcasts support the fallen queen of mean. Paige, a student-government enthusiast, helps Kacey with a plan to regain her popularity. Zander, an indie rocker who wears, to Kacey's horror, skinny jeans, grudgingly accepts Kacey as his band's lead singer. Despite the book's supposed stance against meanness, Kacey regains her social standing largely by bullying and manipulating her old friends, and the notion that glasses and braces must always spell social ruin is left unquestioned. Therefore in the end she becomes popular again. I recommend this book to 10-13 year olds.

~Jayda, Teen Book Reviewer

This book has been turned into a television show on Nickelodeon.  You can find out more about the show here.

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