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From bestselling author Danica McKellar, KISS MY MATH makes pre-algebra a cinch, Hollywood-style!
With Math Doesn't Suck, actress and math genius Danica McKellar made waves nationwide, challenging the "math nerd" stereotype—and giving students the tools to ace tests and homework in her unique just-us-girls style. Now, in Kiss My Math, Danica empowers a new crop of girls, taking on the next level in the math curriculum: Pre-algebra. Stepping up not only the math but also the sass and style, Kiss My Math will help mathphobic teenagers everywhere chill out and finally get negative numbers, variables, absolute values, exponents, graphing, and more—concepts essential for algebra and beyond. Each chapter features:
Kiss My Math also includes a unique "Math Test Survival Guide" to help students conquer jitters and excel at test-taking—a skill unto its own. Plus, fun extras inspired by today's teen magazines—including personality quizzes, reader polls, and real-life testimonials—ultimately revealing why pre-algebra is easier, more relevant, and more glamorous than readers think. With Danica as personal tutor and coach, girls everywhere can stop dreading pre-algebra and watch their scores rise!
"Math? Are you kidding me?"
In high school, a teacher once suggested that I be a math major in college. I thought, "Me? You've got to be joking!" I mean, in junior high, I used to come home and cry because I was so afraid of my math homework. Seriously, I was terrified of math.
Things had gotten better for me since then, but still—college math? That sounded really hard; I didn't think I could hack it. Besides, who studies math in college other than people who want to be math teachers, right?
Boy, was I wrong. Just ask my friend Nina.
In college, Nina wanted to be a doctor more than anything in the world. She'd always wanted to deliver babies! She was smart, funny, and totally capable of doing whatever she set her mind to—until she found out that calculus was a required course. The idea of taking calculus scared her so much that she dropped out of the pre-med program and gave up her dream!
And Nina isn't the only one. Believe it or not, lots of people change their majors and abandon their dreams just to avoid a couple of math classes in college.
So, what does "Kiss My Math" mean?
It means: "Um, excuse me, I'm going to do whatever I want with my life, and I'm sure as heck not going to let a little math get in my way."
Who knows what you'll do? Armed with math, you might become a cutting-edge scientist and develop your own line of all-natural makeup or therapeutic high heels. You might discover a cure for cancer or travel into space. You might create some cool engineering trick that destroys trash or creates super clean energy and saves the planet!
Something else, perhaps? Doctor, lawyer, clothing designer, architect? Maybe you'll work for a big magazine or your favorite fashion line, or maybe you'll start your own business.
Believe it or not, all of these fabulous careers use—that's right—math.
Check out Stephanie Perry, Jane Davis, and Maria Quiban's real-life testimonials on pp. 37, 71, and 128 to see how studying mathematics gave these ladies a leg up on their competition in the worlds of television, fashion, and magazines. Betcha never knew math could give you power and freedom in those areas.
And if anyone tells you it's impossible to be fabulous and smart and make a ton of money using math, well, they can just get in line behind you—and kiss your math.
I've received emails from so many of you using "Math Doesn't Suck" to kick some serious butt in your math classes — great job!
This book covers the next step up in pre-algebra, and so as the math gets harder, you get an opportunity to use the math to make your brain even stronger. Just know that I'm in your corner every step of the way. I'm excited for you, and I know we can do it, together!