Beauty by Lisa Daily

40%

12 Critic Reviews

While the book offers some variances on familiar themes, stock characters are overplayed, and the plot relies heavily on coincidence
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

What's it like to be the most beautiful girl in the world?

Molly desperately wants to be beautiful. And that's what she tells Dharma, the mysterious portrait artist who sketches her face at the town fair just minutes after she's humiliated in front of Hudson, the guy of her dreams. When Molly wakes up the following morning, she's the most beautiful girl in Miracle, Ohio. Babies coo in her arms, her house fills with flowers from dozens of drooling boys, and she's chosen to be a model for the hottest store in town. Best of all, Hudson finally falls for her.

But Molly soon discovers that beauty--and her wish--comes with a price. She's faced with an impossible choice: Will reclaiming her true identity mean letting go of Hudson for good?
 

About Lisa Daily

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Lisa Daily (www.lisadaily.com) lives in Sarasota, Florida. Beauty is her first novel for young adults.
 
Published May 10, 2012 by Razorbill. 284 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Beauty
All: 12 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 8

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Apr 16 2012

While the book offers some variances on familiar themes, stock characters are overplayed, and the plot relies heavily on coincidence

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on May 04 2012

Lisa Daily portrays beauty as more of a superpower—something that can be used for good or for evil—which is a unique take on an old adage.

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Kiss the Book

Below average
Reviewed by C. Peterson on Sep 14 2012

I really liked the main character until she started being mean to impress the popular crowd and then it was almost too frustrating to keep reading.

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Frenetic Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Khy on May 21 2012

despite the change they brought in Molly, I didn't see quite as much character development with the others. Most every other character fills a role they just don't really go beyond

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The Irish Banana Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Hannah on Apr 19 2012

While I get that the message is be careful what you wish for, one of my only complaints is that I felt Daily took Molly’s transformation a bit too far. The things she did to people turned my stomach.

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Pages Unbound

Below average
Reviewed by Briana on Sep 17 2012

The book borders on the absurd with the caricature of popularity that it presents, but whatever magic is at work creating it is never fully integrated into the story.

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Live to Read

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on May 17 2012

Readers will cheer for Molly as she succeeds and worry about her when she begins to slip. Molly is a funny narrator with a great sense of humor. Reading from her perspective was never boring.

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Justin's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Justin on May 07 2012

It was nice to read something like this after a lot of the books I have been reading lately. I think Lisa did a fantastic job, and I look forward to reading more of her books if she continues to write YA.

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YA Crush

Below average
Jun 07 2012

Molly pulls a Mrs. Doubtfire by covering her face with food...In the end, a story that is meant to be about inner beauty is lost behind the silliness.

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Addicted 2 Novels

Good
Reviewed by Lena on May 18 2012

Overall, if you're looking for a spunky summer read with a great message, I recommend checking out Beauty.

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Everlasting Enchantments

Below average
Jul 13 2012

At first, I felt really bad. I get it, you had a really hard time. But what I didn't get is why you had to turn on your friends and become such a snob!...Her take in the book was so incredibly predictable!

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Bookends & Beginnings

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Jul 09 2012

I won't say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and had a decent, if not Mean Girl-esque storyline. I feel as if it were rushed a bit and that it was more dramatic than it should have been

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