Saturday, October 26, 2013

Book Review: Gorgeous

Title Gorgeous

Author Paul Rudnick

Release Date April 30, 2013

Inner beauty wants out.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky 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, they see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky 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 Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.

A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time.

I came across Gorgeous in some magazine. It was the recommended book to read for the month. I threw it on my to-read list and figured I'd get around to it eventually. I'm not really sure why I expected something spectacular, but I did. Whether or not the book actually delivered, I'm not sure. It's one of those books that I can't decide if I like it or not. I just don't know!

One of the things that really throws me off about the book is HOW? How does all this happen? What kind of crazy forces are at work here? Is it god, magic, some sort of mystical voodoo? And while I didn't mind suspending disbelief for the majority of the book, when the big reveal about Tom happens (you'll know it when you read it) I lost it. My ability to suspend disbelief went out the window. I felt like at that exact point the book went from fantastical to just plain weird. Not knowing what exactly is going on and the whole Tom thing might have been what killed the book for me. Or not. I still don't really know.

Overall, I don't know. I don't get it. I think I liked it, but I'm not really sure. This book just confuses me all the way around.

I guess I give this book a very confused 3 stars.


3 out of 5 stars

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