Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beautiful Girl by Fleur Phillips

For fans of Young Adult novels, this book, Beautiful Girl is one that you will quickly devour. The book is short and sweet, and the novel moves quickly through the story of Melanie, and her journey to recover from her life-altering accident, and the focus on external beauty in the world. The premise of this story resonated with me not only because I live near Los Angeles, and understand the culture of vanity that permeates everything people do and have done, but also because I have suffered feelings of inadequacy myself. Melanie was a character with whom I could identify. Read more about the novel in the synopsis.
Beautiful Girl by Fleur Phillips
Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to casting calls and auditions since she was four years old. According to Joanne Kennicut, Melanie was born to follow in her footsteps. But Melanie never wanted this life. When a freak car accident leaves her with facial lacerations that will require plastic surgery, she can't help but wonder if this is the answer to her prayers. For the first time in her life, she has a chance to live like a normal teenager‹at least for a little while‹away from the photo shoots and movie sets that have dominated her entire existence. But after Melanie allows her best friend to come to the house to see her, Joanne decides to hide her daughter in Montana for the remainder of the summer. There, Melanie won't be seen by anyone they know, and her face will heal in time for the scheduled surgery in late August. Joanne’s plan backfires, however, when Melanie meets Sam, a Native American boy hired by the home's owner to tend to the property. Sam is nothing like the Hollywood boys Melanie knows‹he¹s poor, his father's a drunk who possesses a bizarre gift inherited from a Kootenai Shaman, and his only brother disappeared into the mountains after the death of their mother eight years before. What transpires over a mere 36 hours after Sam and Melanie meet changes both of their lives in ways they never thought possible.

Truly a quick read! You will finish in a single day.
Happy Reading!

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