Review: Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

Published: April 30th, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Series: Standalone
Format: E-book, Hardcover, Audio
Pages: 320

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy 
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Rating: 2.0

Book Description: 

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.

A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time.

My Review:

***There might be some spoilers.***

   I don't really need to talk about what Gorgeous is about because the Book Description says it all. A fairy tale come true when Becky becomes the most beautiful woman on Earth thanks to a magic dress, and meets her prince. "Magic comes with a price" is all I have to say.
   The book honestly started out fast, I mean everything was happening so fast that it was hard to connect to characters or the story itself. I really didn't like that. When the story is that fast it is really hard to concentrate on some main points. Also in my opinion it was not really good written. I didn't like the writing style at all. Not just that, I also found some grammar mistakes. Well this all sounds bad, but what about the characters?
   The characters...Becky, I really didn't get her, at all. The decisions she made were just unrealistic and plain stupid at times. I don't know what else to say..I didn't connect to her? I really didn't connect to any characters... I honestly only "kind of" liked Tom. 
   Tom is a guy who turned Becky into Rebecca. He tried to teach Becky a lesson that what inside is really counts but I don't think it really come out like that. C'mon if she looked like her regular self fist time she met her Prince, well I don't think he would of wanted to meet her let's face the truth he fell for her looks first, and then her character.  So I don't really see the lesson in a story. I agree that whats in a persons heart/mind counts more than the looks, but people can't just all turn gorgeous for people to get to know them and than turn back.  Just doesn't happen.
   Overall, it was a fast read but the book was not as good as I hoped. Okay I can just say: I didn't like it. I saw a lot of reviews in which people like it, and saw the lesson and everything, but it just didn't work for me. I would not recommend this book.  I'm giving two stars because of a good attempt to teach a good lesson. 



  1. I'm on the fence about this book, I've seen a lot of posts that say it's great but I don't know if I could get into it. Thanks for the review.

  2. Great review. It is too bad this book is a miss because the story line sounded really good.

  3. Very good review.. has most definitely helped me.

  4. I like your review, but I liked this book just a tiny bit more you, but I mostly agree with everything else. The fast pace confused me at some times.



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