Mates, Dates, and Sequin Smiles

Mates, Dates, and Sequin Smiles

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by Cathy Hopkins
     
 

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Izzie, Lucy, and T. J. crowded round and stared at me, like they were waiting for a circus freak to begin her act. I shook my head. "You're going to have to open your mouth some time," said Lucy. "Come on, put your hand down." I shook my head. "It's horrible. I look like a can opener."

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Izzie, Lucy, and T. J. crowded round and stared at me, like they were waiting for a circus freak to begin her act. I shook my head. "You're going to have to open your mouth some time," said Lucy. "Come on, put your hand down." I shook my head. "It's horrible. I look like a can opener."

Nesta is devastated. She has to wear braces. She thinks that no boy will ever look at her again without thinking of the killer shark in Jaws. And practicing a smile that doesn't show her teeth isn't helping. There's only one option: to become a recluse.

Lucy, Izzie, and T. J. try to help Nesta understand that her looks haven't changed, but Nesta's not convinced. Things change, however, when she meets Luke, who not only restores her confidence in her ability to attract boys, but also introduces her to a whole new side of her personality.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
After discussing looks, money and facials with her mates, less-than-subtle Nesta struggles with the question, "Am I superficial?" She tries to convince herself that looks and money don't matter. Then she learns she's getting braces. BRACES! She's not superficial, really, but how can her life go on with metal tracks running across her mouth? First, Nesta attempts to remain under her duvet until the braces come off. Then she uses the cover-up approach. Her mates try to convince her that she's attractive and fun, but she won't crack a smile, until the boy of her dreams walks into her life. Will the dramatic Nesta survive her metallic misfortune? Will her habit of finding trouble make things worse? The answers to these questions and others, like how to make Lucy's DIY facemasks, how to measure for a bra, how to concoct Mrs. DiBiasi's homemade pesto, and more, are answered in this lively, engrossing and entertaining story of friendship. Cathy Hopkins creates a unique yet identifiable heroine in Nesta—a half-Italian/half-Jamaican British teen, style-conscious, stardom aspiring, and boy-crazy. Who wouldn't enjoy Nesta's lofty dreams and somewhat self-depreciating yet survivalist attitude to life, especially when it's how we all feel at one time or another? KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2004, Simon & Schuster, 203p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Lynne Pisano
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Nesta is shocked to learn that her three best friends consider her shallow. Determined to prove them wrong, she sets out to attract a guy with her brain as well as her body. But things go terribly wrong when she discovers that she must get braces. Positive that her social life will be in ruins, she takes an acting class offered through adult education where she's sure she won't meet any cute boys-until Luke arrives. Nesta is a typical teen whose overreactions to situations and less-than-well-thought-out plans result in some humorous predicaments. Readers will enjoy the relationships among Nesta and her friends and will eagerly wait to see if things work out between her and Luke. Although part of a series, the book easily stands alone.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439120620
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
Mates, Dates
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
877,063
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Cathy Hopkins lives in North London with her handsome husband and three deranged cats. She has had nineteen books published. The fifth book
in the Mates, Dates series, Mates, Dates, and Sole Survivors, was recently released in the U.K. Piccadilly Press has launched a new series from Hopkins,
based on the classic sleepover game of Truth or Consequences.

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