I got my hands on How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston by accident when it popped into the mail. I hadn’t heard anything about it before, but thought the cover and title sounded fun, so I gave it a try.

The story follows popular and brutally honest Kacey Simon, whom you could describe as the social dictator of Marquette Middle School. Unfortunately, an eye infection take it all away from her when her doctor leaves her with coke-bottle glasses. And to make matters worse she also now has braces on and a lithsp! Soon her so-called friends turn their back on this new Kacey forcing her to hang out with a boy she has nicknamed “Skinny Jeans” and her former best friend Paige. Kacey soon devices a plan to get back to the top but is her new status really all that bad?

I found How To Rock Braces and Glasses really sweet and enjoyable. While Kacey can be quite the unlikeable character at times (and she is meant to be), the way Haston has set up the story didn’t make it frustrating to read or annoying. Quite the contrary, I enjoyed every single moment of her being mean because I knew there was something more coming.

Her former best friend Paige is the audience’s voice of reason and not only does she stand up to Kacey, but she can see right through her. And even though Kacey is the “hero” of the story, Paige is really the one you relate to.

As for “Skinny Jeans” (aka Zander), he is of course the one Kacey should be with, if only she could see it too. Oh and did I mention he’s in a band and doesn’t really care what other people think about him?

How To Rock Braces and Glasses is of course not a life-changing book nor does it try to be. It’s just a really fun and relaxing read that I recommend if you are looking for a fast enjoyable book.

And in other news, the book has even inspired a TV show which will premiere on Nickelodeon in spring 2012 which I am personally looking forward to checking out how it is translated to the screen. Should be fun!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Poppy | Pages: 336 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

FYI – I just wanted to share the book cover of the copy I received because I think it’s better than the one they are selling.

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