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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Chicago teen Kasey Simon returns in this sequel to "How to Rock Braces and Glasses". Now that she is complete with braces and contact lenses, Kasey is ready to return to teenage music group Gravity and her heart-throb Zander who is a Gravity member. Then Zander's girlfriend, Stevie from his Oregon days, arrives at Kacey's school, Marquette. Kacey and her friends Molly and Paige try to get Stevie blamed for their planned massive attack when the eighth grade goes to Shedd Acquarium in Chicago. Then troubles get serious when Kasey discovers that her mother, Sterling Simon, who is the local Channel 5 early evening newscaster, is finally dating after her divorce from Kasey and small sister Ella's father. And who might the date be? Stevie's father, Gabe, who is heavy into environmental issues and into Kasey's mother. Kasey bonds with Stevie as they plan to stop their parents from dating but will they succeed and can they get their friend Paige elected as eighth grade class president?
"How to Rock Break-Ups and Make-Ups" is a delightful, well-written read for teenagers. Kasey Simon and her friends are real and believable characters as they go about creating "tempests in a teapot". Yes, Kasey, Paige, Zander, Molly, Stevie and all the other characters including the aged science teacher Miss Finnister are relevant, and fun to enjoy reading about as the teens go about their 'fixits' that only make matters worse and solve nothing. Author Meg Haston has created a nice series that readers of all ages will enjoy and I hope he has more sequels on the way.