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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1ST edition (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425213846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425213841
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,969,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Returning from Your Big Break and The Next Big Thing, Edwards tracks Chicago-based image consultant Kylie Chase. Having been an overweight outcast in high school, Kylie works to save others from her younger self's fate: she talks one client out of wearing a Star Wars costume on a first date and keeps another from starring in a porno. But Kylie's deep dark secret is that she still imagines herself as a high school pudgette, and when hunky journalist Ty Benedict is assigned to cover her career, Kylie has to face the real person behind the carefully constructed image. Lame affirmations ("You are exactly who you think you are") and corny one-liners are less than cool, but Edwards makes Kylie's voice immediate and winning as she puts her through her success-doubt-success paces. (June)
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“Edwards makes Kylie’s voice immediate and winning.”
Publishers Weekly

“Kylie may not be the coolest girl on the block, but her flaws are precisely the reason readers will love her.”
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Chicago native Kylie Chase has made a living out of being cool. Kylie used to be overweight, but through diligence and determination, has shed 75 pounds and reinvented herself as an image consultant and leader of a course called "How to Be Cool." As a former outcast in her school years, due to both her size and her interests, Kylie knows what it's like to feel out of place and promises to turn her clients from geek to chic in 8 weeks or less. In fact, her classes are causing such a splash that when playboy writer Ty Benedict moves from New York to Chicago to write for a men's magazine called Metro Guy, his first big story is to interview Kylie about "How to Be Cool."

Now, Kylie would never admit it, but she isn't nearly as cool as she'd like her clients to be. She finds herself reliving her high school years and thinking about her high school crush as their 10-year reunion creeps up. She's more likely to be at home on Friday night vegging out than hitting the clubs as she'd recommend to her clients. And, after a fire burns down her apartment building, she's temporarily living at home with her parents. Between the reunion, the article, and her living situation, Kylie's got her hands full. But can she pull things together enough to show Ty Benedict that she really does know how to be cool?

How to Be Cool was some of the best chick lit I've read all year. I'm used to these stories with a flawed heroine who can't help but lie to make herself and her life look better (think Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot and Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella). I'm also used to the "fat girl loses the weight and suddenly finds love" (think Jemima J by Jane Green).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By susieqlaw on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As usual, Johanna Edwards has come up with an original and unique idea for a book. How to Be Cool is a book about a young woman who makes her living by coaching others on how to improve their social skills and "Be Cool". While this book has been a quick read, it is notable that the writer packs the pages with detail and intricate story lines. My rating is 5 stars and a great read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Crawford VINE VOICE on November 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I like believable books about weight problems. Should be a popular topic seeing how obesity is rampant. Anyway, Kylie has a cool name, cool job, and since she got lost weight, her life is perfect, right? Well, not really as we find out here--skinny girls have problems, too!

I liked Kylie's clients a lot--I know people like that. Heck, I might be one! I did think she should have been smarter about the male louse in the book, but then I've been there, done that and still would probably do the same thing, but i digress. . .

If you like chick lit, you'll enjoy this book. It is a good read with likeable characters and a decent plot. Definitely a good distraction!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roy E. Perry on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"My name is Kylie Chase and I used to be fat. I also used to be a nerd."

So begins Johanna Edwards' third novel, How to Be Cool, a hilarious tale about a savvy trendsetter who begins to have trouble keeping her inner dork a secret.

Scorned and ridiculed in high school and college because of her obesity, Kylie had, at age 22, an epiphany. She realized she need not remain fat for the rest of her life and, wonder of wonders, she sheds 75 pounds--changing from ugly duckling to beautiful swan. from dork to diva.

Now 29, Kylie determines to share the wealth of her transformation. She becomes a professional image consultant, a life coach teaching social skills to socially challenged nerds. Her classes on "How to Be Cool" are Chicago's hottest ticket.

Kylie dispenses commonsense wisdom to her clients--Dennis Moop, Charity St. James, Austin Dunbar, and others--helping them move from geek to chic. Trouble is, Kylie, who teaches self-confidence to others, is a big, blubbery ball of insecurity.

Soon, Kylie's carefully reconstructed life begins to fall apart. She becomes Exhibit #1 illustrating the truth of Murphy's law: If anything can go wrong, it will.

Her apartment burns down and she has to move back in with her parents. At age 29, this is definitely "uncool."

The "tenth" anniversary of her high school graduation (held two years late) turns out to be a disaster.

Her involvement with Ty Benedict, a handsome hunk of a reporter from Metro Guy who is writing an article about Kylie, bristles with potential heartbreak.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Little D on July 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Johanna Edwards' other chick lit novels Your Big Break and The Next Big Thing. Both were truly original stories with loveable characters. In How to Be Cool, she doesn't let her fans down. She's written yet another great chick lit book that has original ideas, a great story and a loveable main character, Kylie.
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