From School Library Journal
Grade 7–10—Narcissistic, naive, beautiful, and rich, 15-year-old suburbanite Sukie learns that being real is preferable to being perfect when a series of messy truths (primarily discovering her father's affair) challenge her illusions. The central point of the novel—the teen's vanity—is exhaustingly revisited between minor forays into plot-furthering events; probably three quarters of the book's pages are devoted to the protagonist evaluating her pose, stride, clothes, hair, make-up, voice-modulation, etc. Readers may disagree as to whether this makes Sukie significantly realistic and empathetic or simply an over-the-top vehicle for Ephron's message. The only two supporting characters given more than cursory outlines are Sukie's parents, who are also shallow, blithe, and self-obsessed. There is also some half-baked hocus pocus with an image-morphing mirror and an omniscient dog. This title will hit home with some girls and preach others to sleep. Strictly an additional purchase.—Rhona Campbell, Washington, DC Public Library
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Fifteen-year-old Sukie is a self-observer. She is constantly looking at her reflection or taking pictures of herself with her cell phone. So when her equally vain mother offers her an antique mirror, she’s pleased to have one more venue in which to keep tabs on herself. But as the mirror begins mysteriously cracking, so does Sukie’s tightly controlled life. Ephron, perhaps best known as a screenwriter, brings a cinematic flair to her writing in a story that’s as much cautionary tale as it is slice of teen life. Because she writes with so much wit and clarity, it’s possible to overlook some of the book’s flaws, including a reveal that even kids will see coming a mile away. Just as she did in Frannie in Pieces (2007), Ephron tries here to incorporate a little fantasy into her story, with mixed results. But when her writing goes over the top (the depiction of Sukie’s dog, Señor, is both subtle and hilarious), readers will say, “Wow!” A book for girls who think they know everything and turn out to be wrong. Grades 7-10. --Ilene Cooper