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KLIATTAfter 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.