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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

By Paul Rudnick
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9 - 78-0-545-46426-0
Suggested Ages: 12+ (Strong language & sexuality)
Buy from Indigo

Description: Inner beauty wants out. Eighteen-year old Becky Randle is an ordinary girl who receives an impossible offer. She meets Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer, and he promises to create three dresses to transform her from a nothing-special girl into the Most Beautiful Woman Who Ever Lived.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, the see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue and the new Hollywood darling. Then she meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him.  But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca, to see the real girl inside. And for that, there`s not enough magic in the world.``
The Good Stuff

Fabulous and not preachy messages about inner beauty, friendship, love

Plenty of laugh your ass off moments (which was a tad embarrassing as I read much of it on the flight to Toronto from Calgary)

 Great friendship between Becky & Rocher – very realistic  

 Never really wanted to marry a prince (I am more of a court jester kinda girl) but would change my mind for Prince Gregory

Reminded me a little at times of Meg Cabot’s mixed with Helen Fielding
 The Not So Good Stuff

Story jumps around a little – not horribly, but just an fyi 
Sometimes the message of the story took over and the characters didn’t feel as real (again no big deal because the message is a fabulous one)

 Favorite Quotes/Passages

“I sometimes wish that just like me, nobody had a face, just so we could all stop wasting so much time worrying about what we look like, and what other  people look like, and how we measure up.”

“Mirrors are more dangerous than guns or cars or crystal meth, because they’re cheap, readily available and everyone’s addicted.”

“I decided that maybe everyone has at least a touch of dysmorphia;  maybe  it’s impossible for anyone to ever truly know what they look like.”

Who Should/Shouldn’t Read

Any female over the age of 12 (Some strong language and sexuality)

4.25 Dewey’s

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

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