Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

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...a wicked good time, with moments both outlandish and touching. And as a summer beach read? Well, it’s perfect.
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A book that will make you see yourself clearly for the first time.

When Becky Randle's mother dies, she's whisked from her trailer park home to New York. There she meets Tom Kelly, the world's top designer, who presents Becky with an impossible offer: He'll design three dresses to transform the very average Becky into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Soon Becky is remade as Rebecca - pure five-alarm hotness to the outside world and an awkward mess of cankles and split ends when she's alone. With Rebecca's remarkable beauty as her passport, soon Becky's life resembles a fairy tale. She stars in a movie, VOGUE calls, and she starts to date Prince Gregory, heir to the English throne. That's when everything crumbles. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But the idea of a prince looking past Rebecca's blinding beauty to see the real girl inside? There's not enough magic in the world.

Defiant, naughty, and impossibly fun, GORGEOUS answers a question that bewilders us all: Just who the hell IS that in the mirror?
 

About Paul Rudnick

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Paul Rudnick is a frequent contributor to the NEW YORKER, VANITY FAIR, and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, as well as an Obie Award-winning playwright, and the screenwriter for SISTER ACT, IN & OUT, and STEPFORD WIVES. This is his first young adult novel.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Scholastic Press. 337 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Libba Bray on May 10 2013

...a wicked good time, with moments both outlandish and touching. And as a summer beach read? Well, it’s perfect.

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on Mar 27 2013

While Becky’s voice and cultural referents are far too sophisticated and mature for a teenager raised in a Missouri trailer park, her fears and hopes are universal.

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