Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Inner Beauty Wants Out!

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

 Hankering for a clever, funny, and whimsical read? Look no further! Gorgeous, longtime New Yorker writer Paul Rudnick’s first attempt at young adult fiction, is part fairy tale, part gossip magazine, and part Laverne and Shirley.

Recent high school grad Becky Randall has always been average, not particularly tall or thin or pretty. Her life is totally upended one afternoon when her much beloved (and morbidly obese) mother dies in their trailer in East Trawley, Missouri. She soon learns that her mother had quite a past; far from being just a small-town woman, she was once a world-famous supermodel. Becky is contacted by Tim Kelly, a formerly reclusive fashion designer and old friend of her mom’s, who offers to make her three dresses that will magically transform Becky into Rebecca, ravishing model and actress extraordinaire.

What follows is funny, absurd, unbelievable, and totally charming. She’s on the cover of Vogue, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales (no, not Charles, a much younger and appealing stand-in), she stars in a blockbuster movie. And she has an awesome best friend named Rocher (yes, like the chocolates) who keeps the laughs coming. Give Gorgeous a try—once you start it, you won’t want to put it down!

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