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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..."
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"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 with an M.Ed. in Professional Counseling. She currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: How to Rock (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031606825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068253
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since most bios are beyond boring and slightly narcissistic, I was hoping to find a creative yet humble way to make myself sound more exciting than I actually am. Like a limerick (as in, There once was a girl from Nantucket/Who wrote a bad bio, then chucked it). Or maybe even a haiku (as in, Desperate writer/pens a terrible bio/really bad idea).
Here's the problem: I'm not from Nantucket. I'm from Jacksonville, Florida. And I think I was absent on haiku day in English class. So that means you're stuck reading the traditional kind of bio. Sorry.

So, where did we leave off? Right. Jacksonville. I call it home, since I braved seventh through twelfth grades there (I think this is the part where I give a shout out to Episcopal High School). My family moved a lot when I was young, though, and I've called lots of cities home: Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Alexandria, Virginia; Wayne, Pennsylvania; and last, but not least, Jacksonville. I like to think that home is where your heart and soul, your dog, your laptop, your highest heels, and your most treasured books are.

As an adult, I've lived in lots of cities, too: Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., Jacksonville (again), Athens, Georgia, and Avignon, France. All lovely places. I don't know where I'll end up, but I'll keep you posted.
People often ask if I've always wanted to be a writer. The answer is yes. And no. I've always loved to write, but I haven't always considered it as a career. In second grade, I really wanted to be an astronaut, mostly because I was fascinated with the giant cardboard cutout of astronaut Sally Ride in my classroom, and I really wanted my own giant cardboard cutout. Then I found out that astronauts are brilliant at science and math and have excellent vision. I'm the worst at science and math. Plus, I have vision somewhere in the neighborhood of 20/10,000. Yikes.

I had other career dreams, too: glitzy Broadway star, cultural anthropologist, and for three weeks after the winter Olympics, sassy ice dancer. For one reason or another, those didn't seem to be in the cards. But I have found two jobs that I absolutely love: writer and mental health therapist. I'm fascinated with peoples' life stories, and my work as a writer allows me to create them, while my work as a therapist gives me the privilege of hearing those stories and honoring them. I went to graduate school to become a therapist, and have worked with kids, teenagers, families, and college students.

Right now, though, I'm focusing on writing, and telling Kacey Simon's story in HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES. The book released on October 24th, and a Nickelodeon show based on the book, entitled HOW TO ROCK, will air in early 2012.

A few more (hopefully interesting) things about me before I sign off: Yes, I did have braces and glasses in middle school, although whether I rocked them is... debatable. I have a wonderful family and a fab younger sister. I also have an insanely adorable dog, Dinah, who is a world-class snuggler but couldn't catch a ball to save her life. I love big cities, singing out loud in the shower, smelly cheese, snow, and, of course, books. I also love learning new things. I recently started learning to play the guitar, but so far, I'm pretty terrible.
So that's my story so far. Here's hoping there are many more exciting chapters to come.

Happy reading, living, and rocking,

mh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Knapp on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Teran Chavez on December 8, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raanai on November 14, 2012
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 :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tatiana on July 18, 2012
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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.
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By JennRenee on February 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
the cover is what really caught my attention. I love the cover, it is so much fun, so bright and doodley. I figured it must be a fun book. I picked up the audio and gave it a go. It was a very fun book. I love the character, she is such a typical teenager going through all the emotions and insecurities that we all seem to go though at 13 years. I loved the story, and the writing was awesome, I was laughing from start to finish.

Kacey is the typical 13 year old who happens to be very popular. She is very frank and comes off a little too rough with her words but no one ever seems to point it out to her. They act like they love her when truthfully they just want to be her or accepted by her for the sake of their place in the junior high food chain. Kacey is not only popular, she loves to be in front of a crowd or camera. She is in drama and just won herself the lead and she also has a place in the school morning show giving advice. She loves her life. Then... it all falls apart because of an eye infection and a freak accident she ends up in glasses and braces with a lisp and everyone drops her. Yes its very shallow, but more true than we ever wanted to admit at that age. Kacey has a plan to be on top again. It starts with an ex friend and a new guy. Hanging out with people she doesn't particularly like can be dangerous.. especially when you find, they aren't so bad after all.

This book was just fun. I think had a few blurry eyed moments too but I am a softy. What I found to be so fun about this book was the humor and the characters, what I found to be a great read in this book was the truth that is seen by this particular age group and the truth that we see as an adult looking back. I remember these sort of days from junior high..
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Format: Hardcover
As usual I picked this book based off of the adorable cover and was excited to read something by an author that was new to me, Meg Haston. This book proved to be just as cute as the cover, and I found myself liking it so much more than I thought I would!

This is the story of Kacey Simon, the teen queen of her school! Kacey is pretty, popular, super talented, and the go to girl for advice on anything from wardrobe, boyfriends, to what to eat for lunch. Kacey prides herself on giving her honest opinion, but it often comes off more harsh than helpful. Surrounded by the most popular girls in school as her bff's, with the lead in the school play tucked securely under her belt, and the cutest boy in school, Kacey is on top of the world. Then tragedy strikes! An innocent accident leaves Kasey with hideous braces and her very own pair of geek glasses. Is Kacey popular enough to withstand this social suicide? Or is this Mean Girl in for a taste of her own medacine?

At first I really hated Kacey's character. I mean, does she honestly think she's being helpful and not hurtful? If I ever talked like that my mother would wash my mouth out with soap! But for some reason, everyone just seems to take what Kacey says in stride. Is it because they are scared of her or desperately trying to impress her? Maybe its a little of both!

Needless to say I definately couldn't help but chuckle when Kacey gets a taste of her very own medacine, from none other than her bff Molly! You'd think after the humiliation she suffers (come on was the YouTube video not embarassing enough?) she would have a new outlook on life! Instead Kacey with a little help starts plotting her claim to fame. This Mean Girl is desperate and will do just about anything to get back on top!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Wallace on November 21, 2011
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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 had...style. 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...
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