Monday, May 13, 2013

WIN an ARC of Gorgeous

Welcome to this stop on the Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop where you can win an ARC of Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick.

Title: Gorgeous
Author: Paul Rudnick
Publisher: Scholastic
Length: 305
Rating: 3.5/5

When Becky Randle’s mother dies on her eighteenth birthday, she is devastated. But in her mother’s things she discovers a phone number that changes everything. Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer, offers to make Becky three dresses, guaranteed to turn her from trailer park girl to world’s most beautiful woman. Remade as Rebecca, she flawless in everyone’s eyes except her own. But it’s Becky, not Rebecca that falls in love with the prince of England, and Becky isn’t sure Tom Kelly’s magic is enough to make the prince see the read girl inside the beauty.

This book was a fun and snarky, with something important to say about popular culture and how we see beauty. Also, the cover is, well…gorgeous!

I liked the conception of the fairy-tale magic of this book. Becky is only Rebecca when she’s with other people. Alone, she looks in the mirror and sees her normal self. There’s no makeover and the magic is really in perception. This makes the book more relatable, because everyone sees themselves differently than other people see them.

Becky’s story goes to all extremes. She stars in a movie with Hollywood it-boy Jate Mallow, is on the cover of Vogue, and of course, dates the prince of England. My favorite part about all these crazy adventures is that she brings her best friend Rocher (named after the chocolate of course) along with her. Rocher keeps Becky sane, and keeps the reader sane with her witty voice of reason through all the crazy adventures.

This book is unlike any other YA book I’ve read. While at times a bit long-winded in its lavish descriptions of the culture, this book will make you reevaluate the power beauty, both inside and out. 

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  1. I am usually a follower not a leader when it comes to new books, so you have probably already read my recommendation - Divergent. I cannot wait to read book 3 in this series which is just out.

  2. I would say Delirium, if you haven't already read it.

  3. Since entering grad school I haven't been as up on my reading...but if you haven't read the Gregor Chronicles I recommend it.

  4. I just finished Golden by Jessi Kirby and loved it.

  5. Hmm, I would say Angelfall, Eleanor and Park, Under the Never Sky, or Cinder :)

  6. This book looks really fun, thanks for the giveaway!

    I just finished several very good books: Angelfall, Lola and the Boy next door, Forbidden, The Collector, and My life in pink and green.

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

  7. sweet oblivion by bailey ardisone :)

    rafflecopter name nicole krutz

  8. You have probably read it, but I recommend The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

  9. Since it's kid's week... anything by Gail Carson Levine! I love how her books were fantastic when I was 10 and they're still fantastic now!


  10. Love your blog. Always gives me great recommendations for my seventh graders!

  11. Last of the Bastion by R. Frater

  12. You should read Altered it was an amazing read.

  13. Some great best YA books I've read in the past few months were Unravel Me, Altered, Angelfall, The Fault in the Stars, The Elite and Sweet Peril! Thanks!

  14. Anything by Meg Cabot, Ally Carter or Jennifer Echols :)

  15. I really enjoyed Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (book1) and Necromancing the Stone (book2) in Lish McBride's Necromancer series. I really enjoyed her characters and her sense of humor. There are at least 2 more books planned.