How To Rock was a Nickelodeon series about a girl named Kacey Simon, member of her school's social elite until her degrading eyesight and the tooth injury that results from it force her to get glasses and braces, which causes her Girl Posse to kick her out. With her former friends wanting nothing to do with her, she ends up hanging out with the members of a music group called Gravity 5, who turn out to be much better friends than the ones she knew.Loosely based on the book How To Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston. How To Rock aired its first two episodes on February 5, 2012.The series was cancelled after one season of 26 episodes.
Tropes used in this series:
10-Minute Retirement: In the first episode has Kacey wearing braces and glasses, are taken off towards the end. However they served their purpose by proving Molly and Grace were eager to kick her to the curb if her appearance threatened their image.
This usually happens with Kacey in her new circle of friends. They'll get mad at her and, for the most part, they make up in the end.
Actor Allusion: During Big Time Rush's performance in "How to Rock an Election", James points to Grace and winks at her. In real life, James Maslow and Halston Sage, who plays Grace, dated.
Adaptational Villainy: Molly was still kind of unpleasant in the book, but not to the degree that she is in the TV series. Notably, in the book, she and Kacey remain friends even after Kacey's Heel-Face Turn. (They do go through a rough patch after Kacey's fall, but it gets mended by the end of the book.)
Alpha Bitch: Kacey, prior to her fall. After it, Molly takes her place. Molly also qualifies as a Big Bad, for she is often described as "evil". Later on in the series, she proves to be more of Anti-Villain and ''How To Rock Christmas" shows that she actually has a legitimate reason for her visible dislike of Kacey. This demonstrates a minor deconstruction of the trope, considering how to her, people she would normally consider "losers", such as Nelson and Kevin, aren't worth giving any trouble to; Kacey is more deserving of it.
Aesop Amnesia: Kacey occasionally slips back into her old Perf habits, though it's actually handled a lot more realistically than most instances of this trope. Kacey's Heel-Face Turn is a work in progress, not something that just happens and is done.
An even more notable case of situation is that until "How To Rock Christmas", Kacey failed to realize that her desire to be the best at everything is the exact reason why Molly is after Kacey.
Anywhere but Their Lips: Grace kisses Nelson on the cheek in "How to Rock Christmas." Nelson then kisses Grace on the cheek in "How to Rock Christmas."
Though Gravity 5 agrees that getting to perform with Cee Lo was better than winning.
Batman Gambit: Defied. Molly employs one on Kacey by trying to be nice in "How to Rock a Birthday Party". At first it appeared was going to work, but it didn't, because Kacey explains that it was All According to Plan.
Berserk Button: Don't call Stevie "Loserberry." She doesn't mind so much when it's just you and her, but call her that in front of her friends and she'll introduce her bass to your face.
Also, do not call Zander a dork behind his back. This caused Zander to retaliate by tying Molly's and Grace's shoes together.
Don't trick Grace into saying she hates unicorns, or she'll chase you down like she did to the cue card guy in "How to Rock a Newscast"
The Bet: The subject of "How To Rock A Messy Bet".
Be Yourself: The message of the song "Only You Can Be You".
Big Bad: Molly Garfunkel. By Comparison, Kacey did not tow the line when she was leader of the Perfs.
Big Bad Wannabe: Initially, Kacey was the founder of the Perfs, believed in perfection, and manipulated others while priding herself in being the most popular girl in school. However, her accident led to her prompt removal by Molly. However, Kacey still appears to retain a manipulative streak even after leaving the Perfs.
"How to Rock a Uniform" Thanks to the school uniform rule being revoked and everyone going back to their cliques, Nelson and Grace can't hang out at school anymore. However, Nelson is still happy with the fact Grace was looking at him from the Perfs' lunch table, compared to the beginning of the episode where she barely noticed him.
The Conscience: Stevie usually plays this to Kacey, and sometimes to Gravity 5 too.
Cool Loser: The members of Gravity Five, as well as Kacey once she joins them. Justified, as Molly has it out for them specifically and devotes all of her considerable social power to undermining them. Actually, Zander, Stevie, Nelson and Kevin aren't worth the hassle—its Kacey who is more deserving.
Cool Teacher: Mr. March tries to be one, but his students don't seem to buy it.
Cycle of Revenge: High School example: In "How to Rock Christmas", it is revealed that Molly has been taking revenge on Kacey for the way Kacey treated her as Queen of the Perfs, especially in trying to be the first to have everything. Later, Kacey wants to take revenge on Molly for kicking her out and for trying to humiliate her. Both reasons are quite understandable, yet came to a point where both the Perfs and Gravity 5 got tired of them getting at each others' throats. By "How to Rock Christmas", Kacey and Molly seem to have come to an understanding.
Dance of Romance: Nelson and Grace, as well as Kevin and Molly in "How to Rock a Singing Telegram".
Dating Catwoman: While not dating, both Nelson and Grace have crushes on each other.
Deadpan Snarker: Zander is pretty good at this. Example from How To Rock A Good Deed:
Stevie: Let's let our hero rest. Zander: Yeah, she's had a long day of sitting on her butt.
Evil Laugh: Kacey attempts one in "How To Rock a Birthday Party" when she talks about how Molly coming to her party is part of the plan, but she chokes on it and starts coughing.
Eviler than Thou: Kacey acted like the typical Alpha Bitch as queen of the Perfs with Molly by her side. Ultimately, Kacey becomes victim to this trope once Molly betrays her. Molly is arguably worse as the new queen of the Perfs.
The Good Guys Always Win: In every episode so far, Molly's attempts to subdue or humiliate Kacey and Gravity 5 always end in failure, with Gravity 5 successfully turning the tables on the Perfs, or at least getting the last laugh. However, two episodes end with neither a member of Gravity 5 nor Molly fully getting what they want. Subverted in "How To Rock Cee Lo".
Groin Attack: Kevin mentions getting one in "How To Rock A Guest List".
Hoist By Her Own Petard: Kacey lampshades this in "How To Rock A Yearbook" after it was revealed that a year prior to her downfall she exploited a loophole so the Perfs could get their own yearbook page. Unfortunately, Kacey closed the loophole so that no one, not even Gravity 5 could utilize it, and this goes back to bite Kacey now that she is no longer queen of the Perfs.
In the same episode, Molly and Grace coax Nelson and Kevin into revealing that Gravity 5 has become a club so that the former two can sabotage Gravity 5's performance assuming whoever joins will be the worst. However, Molly's scheme backfired when Kacey found a way to improvise the skills of the new members.
If You Taunt Her, You Will Be Just Like Her: Zander seems to have this opinion about Kacey's feud with Molly. Zander makes an exception, however, when Molly calls him a "dork". Zander does not take this well, and personally takes care of Molly and Grace by tying their shoes together.
In Name Only: The only thing that is remotely similar to Haston's novel is that it has a protagonist named Kacey Simon who falls from popularity after having to get braces and glasses. New characters have been added, others removed, and some had their last names changed.
In-Series Nickname: The Perfs call Stevie "Loserberry", as does Kacey during her time with them, until she falls from popularity and becomes Stevie's friend. Also, "Stevie" is one, her full name being "Stevana."
Laser-Guided Karma: Ever Since Kacey's eviction from the Perfs, Molly and the Perfs almost always get what they truly deserve for their actions against Gravity 5. Kacey, however, is not immune to this trope either, especially when she slips into her jerkass tendencies.
Arguably in the first episode, Molly gave this to Kacey as payback for how Kacey treated her in the past.
Lovable Alpha Bitch: One of the innate problems of the show, as even though Kacey became a part of Gravity 5 and friends with them, she never really lost any of her original Alpha Bitch qualities - they just became Lighter and Softer, as she (occasionally) used them to help he new friends.
In later episodes, Molly is shown to have more sympathetic traits.
Meganekko: Kacey, briefly. She drops the glasses at the end of the first episode, but they show up again occasionally throughout the series.
Not So Different: Even though she hates Molly, Kacey is more or less just as ambitious and manipulative as Molly. Of course Kacey and Molly are both shown to be bossy and/or demanding. Both obsess over outdoing the other, with the goal moving their respective groups to the top. This is taken to an extreme in "How to Rock A Secret Agent" where Kacey is aware that Molly uses people, ironically does not realize she herself is doing the same to Stevie. Both attempt to get Stevie to find out what the other is wearing for a dance. After Stevie figures out both were using her,it does not end well for either Molly or Kacey (and Zander). Justified in that Kacey was one of the Perfs. The fact that Kacey isn't much different from Molly is even more evident in "How To Rock a Birthday Party", where she plots to send Molly to the wrong party and even has her own Evil Laugh. Unlike Molly, however, Kacey has a conscience and usually feels bad when she's a jerk to her friends. In "How To Rock a Christmas" Molly and Kacey finally discover that they aren't any different from one another, and in fact have both become horrible people.
This also seems to be the case for Molly and Zander. Both are leaders of their respective bands. Zander and Molly are both are overly confident and arrogant, as they obsess over their images and want to show the world who they are. Both are also highly talented singers.
Out-Gambitted: In "How To Rock a Birthday Party", Kacey is always one step ahead of Molly, who is plotting to overshadow Kacey during her party. Kacey (along with everyone else) does not even buy Molly's "nice" facade, leading her to change the location of her party without telling Molly.
Pragmatic Adaptation: The show doesn't much resemble the original books, but this can largely be accounted for by the shift in medium. When you have to stretch a single book into an entire TV series, some things are bound to change. In particular, most of the changes between the show and the book revolve around the book's resolution and the fact that, if the show had followed it, the main protagonist-antagonist dynamic would be completely absent.
Series Continuity Error: A fairly irrelevant one, but in How to Rock a Prank Stevie claims to only own two pairs of shoes, then corrects it to one after the second is destroyed. This joke would predictably have no effect on the wardrobe department and the numerous pairs of shoes worn by Stevie before and after the episode.
Serious Business: Sitting at the right lunch table for Kacey. Slightly justified by the fact that Gravity Five's current table is in a er...prime pooping location for the school's bird population, which Kacey finds very unpleasant.
Shipper on Deck: Everybody seems to be a shipper on deck for Grace and Nelson. With the exception of Molly.
Spell My Name with an S: It's K-a-c-e-y. It's not very clear since there's not a lot of promotional material, so in articles/fansites/internet/wherever, her name gets spelled different each time. Casey, Kaci, Kacy, you get the drift.
The Starscream: Molly, who succeeds in removing Kacey from the Perfs in the first episode.
Sudden School Uniform: And the principal specifically called out Kacey and Molly for bringing it down on the whole school. By the end of the episode, he relents and only the two of them have to wear it.
True Companions: Gravity 5, to the point where, in "How To Rock A Guest List", Kacey adamantly refuses to attend a party thrown by a popular student if the other members can't attend too. Later, they return the favor when Kacey's obsessive behavior results in her being told she has to leave. They all tell the host that they won't stay if she can't.
Villainous Demotivator: Molly does (or rather, parodies) this to Grace when she fails to claim their table before Gravity 5 does. To Molly, Grace failing her duty at the hands of Gravity 5 is completely...unacceptable.
Xanatos Speed Chess: Molly definitely and successfully employs this alot in "How to Rock a Lunch Table" to make sure Gravity 5 does not take their table at all costs, at least until her gambit ultimately fails when Gravity 5 hangs the bird feeder over their table
0% Approval Rating: Molly, Molly, and oh yes, Molly. Despite being the most popular girl in school, everyone hates her. Stevie also implies that Kacey was like this before her Heel-Face Turn.