How to Rock Break-ups and Make-ups

How to Rock Break-ups and Make-ups

Book - 2012
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Twelve-year-old Kacey Simon's jealousy threatens her popularity when her new crush Zander's ex-girlfriend and former lead singer, Stevie, arrives in town.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., ©2012
ISBN: 9780316068260
Branch Call Number: HASTON
Characteristics: 340 p

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FindingJane Jun 24, 2014

Kacey is back and her whiny, self-involved voice is as shrill as ever. Even though she’s turned over a new leaf from being overly critical to cautiously optimistic, she’s still rather self-involved. Of course, that’s nothing compared to her friend Molly who acts so aggressively threatening, self-important and illogical, you wonder how Kacey or anybody can stand to be in her company. Molly is also a stern advocate of the Girl Code, which is such an awful bit of double standard you don’t know whether to laugh or groan.

Zander comes off as such a saint to the fretful Kacey; it’s baffling that he would want her as a girlfriend. Time and again, she blows him off, misleads him, lies to him or behaves with thoughtless selfishness.

To be fair, Kacey is a teenager and teenagers are supposed to be self-indulgent—to a point. Also, her ghastly mistakes eventually catch up to her and she deals with them with a surprising amount of humility and the determination to make amends.

The author remains true to the various voices of her characters and the situations ring true with the brittleness of awkward conversations, the cluelessness of boys who just don’t get girls (or even know when a situation has reached the boiling point) or the unbridgeable gap between children and their (old) parents. This is a good follow-up to the original novel but is definitely made to appeal to the youth crowd.

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BlueBLURZ
Sep 24, 2012

WOAH! The girl is 12! When I was 12 I was playing jump rope! She's already dated and has an ex! TREASURE YOUR CHILDHOOD!

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Mauve_Quail_2
Sep 23, 2012

Absolutely CANNOT wait for this book to come out!!!!!!!

I loved How to Rock Braces and Glasses!!!!

Once again I CANNOT wait for this book to come out!!!! :D:D:D

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libr4us
Sep 15, 2012

cannot wait for this sequel to come out!!! :D :D :D u must read "how to rock braces and glasses" first tho.... and i also just learned that there is a tv show on the nickelodeon channel called "how to rock"!! havent seen that yet tho. :P

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Sep 15, 2012

libr4us thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 15

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