Mates, Dates, and Sequin Smiles [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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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: 5/11/2010
  • Series: Mates, Dates
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 732,360
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    **THIS BOOK ROCKS MAJOR MONKEY**

    I love Cathy Hopkins books! She is my favorite author and I can't wait to get the rest of the series. Mates, Dates, and Sequin Smiles was the first book of hers that i read and now I'm hook. I have braces like Nesta does and I wish I would have read this book before getting them. Reading this book gives me a positive side to wearing metal in your mouth. Thank You Cathy Hopkins and keep up the great work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Omg!

    I havent found this book yet so if any one else coukd comment i would like to know which bookstores have this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Cool!

    This book sounds good!

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    this book is frickmazing

    i toedally luh-v this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book kept me on my toes the whole time i was thinking about how it would end the whole time i read it, i couldn't put it down. Nesta like me, just got braces which made me want to read it more. Cathy Hopkins did an amazing on this book and the rest of the Mates,Dates, series they are great. All young girls should read these because they can give you a boost of confidence when you think of how the characters act.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Best Book in Mates, Dates Series

    This is one of the best mates, dates books. i have read the whole series and in this book you can see the real Nesta. All those pretty girls who are really insecure underneath are revealed. Luke is charming and sweet, the ideal boyfriend and helps Nesta to discover who she really is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Good, fun book

    I really liked this book!! I¿ve read the entire Mates, Dates series, and this one was really good! The only thing I didn¿t like was how much Nesta is embarressed when she got braces. I loved Luke because he opened up Nesta¿s eyes to how braces are not that bad!! He sweet, and perfect for her! It¿s a good, funny, and light-hearted book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    'Great Fun'

    This is my favorite Mates, Dates book. Luke seems so great & perfect for Nesta!! These books are a light, fun read. I recommend them for any girl who loves to laugh.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    Deffinatly is Bridget Jones as a Teen..

    I thought this book was good. Luke sounded like the ideal guy. The guy who sees past everything and doesn't care if you have braces or anything. I'm glad that the families ended up friends again. It was a very good book. I'll be buying more of these Mates, Dates, books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    It is the best book you can get

    It is funny, understanding, and careing for pepole who have braces but it is good that Luke helps her get over her braces,you should read it it's the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Okay then......

    Wow 2013 reviews were skipped

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    I am a she and i need a mate

    I am Blueleaf but call me Blue for short. I am blue-grey and i have a gold circle around my muzzle and ight eye. One of my paws is gold to. I will have kits. Please help.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    have not read yet but love the rest

    i personally have not read this yet but it just has to be good because i love these books thanks cathy hopkin for writing these books people or teens or pre-teens you should read these books ..read this series!!!!

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