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.
As bratty as this book sounds, it’s really not. When I picked up this ARC up off the shelf of my school library and I buzzed through the first few pages, I knew I was going to like Becky. The humor, feel and narration of this book really stuck out to me. I did like Becky, but there were some moments where Paul Rudnick’s other characters kind of ticked me off, especially her best friend.
I guess you could say this is a book that requires the right reader. This book isn’t necessarily slow, it’s just not for people who need instant satisfaction, and it’s not for hard-core action people. Especially the middle, where most of what you’re reading is Becky’s self-conflict and her high-class adventures.
In the end, this book is really about Gregory having to see who Becky really is as a person. Look past Rebecca and love Becky. That actually interested me a lot, because nowadays there aren’t many teen books with this kind of concept. For other books, it’s more like oh-you’re-so-beautiful-and-I-love-you. So it was interesting for me to see what Paul Rudnick came up with, and I liked it. 4 stars. Definitely recommend for teenage girls.
That said, this book is definitely written for teenagers, and if you’re having second thoughts about this book after reading my review, I’d advise you to go on Paul Rudnick’s website or Amazon and get an excerpt of the book to see if you like the feel of it.
pg count for the hardback: 336
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