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How to Rock Braces and Glasses Hardcover – October 24, 2011

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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: 11 - 14 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: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I choose this rating because I think that this could happen in real life. I liked how she changed by th he end of the book. But at some points I got really annoyed with Kacey because she was a popular brat! But don't give up on her! I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to know how to let loose and be themselves, and how to rock braces and glasses.
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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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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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Format: Hardcover
How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston is one of the few books that will make you want to read it over and over again. The main character Kasey Simon the typical mean popular girl;she seems perfect. She is the go-to girl whenever someone needs advice. Kasey basically rules the entire middle school. But Kasey gets an eye infection that doesn't allow her to wear her contacts now she has a pair of glasses on her face. She is slowly going down the popularity ranks. A few days later she gets braces; she also gets a lisp. This drops Kasey down to the bottom. She now hangs out with her old unpopular friends. She starts to join a band that she really likes. But when her eye infection is no longer there and Kasey now returns to wearing contacts; she will have to choose from having the best friends ever to the mean popular crew again.
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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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