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How To Be Cool

by Johanna Edwards

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Technically I'd like to give it 2.5 stars but don't have that option ;) The book is a journey of self-realization about the past and future possibilities for happiness. I skimmed the parts that bogged down the story line with memories of past hurts/whining. I'd recommend it for those looking for a quick easy read that don't mind the personal revelations about being too fat. ( )
  KarenRinn | Nov 2, 2013 |
Former Nerd Makes Good in a : "My name is Kylie Chase and I used to be fat. I also used to be a nerd."

So begins Johanna Edwards' third novel, How to Be Cool, a hilarious tale about a savvy trendsetter who begins to have trouble keeping her inner dork a secret.

Scorned and ridiculed in high school and college because of her obesity, Kylie had, at age 22, an epiphany. She realized she need not remain fat for the rest of her life and, wonder of wonders, she sheds 75 pounds--changing from ugly duckling to beautiful swan. from dork to diva.

Now 29, Kylie determines to share the wealth of her transformation. She becomes a professional image consultant, a life coach teaching social skills to socially challenged nerds. Her classes on "How to Be Cool" are Chicago's hottest ticket.

Kylie dispenses commonsense wisdom to her clients--Dennis Moop, Charity St. James, Austin Dunbar, and others--helping them move from geek to chic. Trouble is, Kylie, who teaches self-confidence to others, is a big, blubbery ball of insecurity.

Soon, Kylie's carefully reconstructed life begins to fall apart. She becomes Exhibit #1 illustrating the truth of Murphy's law: If anything can go wrong, it will.

Her apartment burns down and she has to move back in with her parents. At age 29, this is definitely "uncool."

The "tenth" anniversary of her high school graduation (held two years late) turns out to be a disaster.

Her involvement with Ty Benedict, a handsome hunk of a reporter from Metro Guy who is writing an article about Kylie, bristles with potential heartbreak.

Scattered throughout this novel, the author provides 21 "Cool Rules," such as Cool Rule #5: "If you pretend to be someone you're not, make sure you have a backup plan--a credible way to 'fake it' in case you get caught" and Cool Rule #8: "There is such a thing as selective honesty. You don't always have to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

Johanna Edwards has penned a chuckle-producing, laughter-inducing romp through the faults and foibles of the human condition. Her writing is snappy and sassy, saucy and sophisticated. Translation: It's "cool."

How to Be Cool is a fun book to read. There's never a dull moment.

Johanna Edwards, the author of two previous novels, Your Big Break and The Next Big Thing, is an award-winning journalist and radio/TV producer who has written for Woman's Day and Figure magazines. Visit her website at www.johannaedwards.com (...)
  lonepalm | Dec 8, 2011 |
Fairly standard chick lit fare reminiscent of Jennifer Weiner: just a bit more depth than Kinsella but still beach-worthy. ( )
  quirkylibrarian | Apr 12, 2011 |
Kylie Chase, formerly overweight, now gives lessons on How To Be Cool-turning nerds into "cool" people. However, inside her head Kylie still carries the weight she once carried on her body. When her apartment burns her life begins to spiral downward. With the help of friends Kylie begins to learn that appearances aren't everything. ( )
  punxsygal | Dec 29, 2007 |
Not her best work. This character paid no attention to the "cool" advice she gave. ( )
  gardentoad | Aug 8, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425213846, Hardcover)

The national bestselling author of The Next Big Thing and Your Big Break presents her coolest novel yet.

After shedding seventy pounds, Kylie found a new career transforming the socially inept from geek to chic. Her classes on How to Be Cool are Chicago's hottest ticket. But Kylie's still a dork at heart, and she'd die before she let her clients in on her overweight, nerdy past.

Things start to unravel when Kylie's apartment burns down and she's forced to shack up with her parents. Making matters worse, there's a journalist shadowing her every move. The last thing Kylie needs is someone uncovering her dirty little secret- no matter how sexy he may be.

Now, with her life spiraling out of control, the weight she fought so hard to lose is starting to creep back on. But with the help of her best friend Ruby, a confident plus-sized model, Kylie's starting to learn that appearances aren't everything-and that being the queen of cool isn't all it's cracked up to be.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:23 -0400)

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Having lost a significant amount of weight and launching a new career as a professional makeover consultant, Kylie struggles to hide the truth about her deep-rooted insecurities, an effort that unravels when an apartment fire forces her to move back home and a handsome journalist threatens to expose her secrets. By the author of The Next Big Thing.… (more)

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