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Beautiful Paperback – November 2, 2009
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Cindy Martinusen Coloma is the best-selling author of several novels including The Salt Garden, Beautiful, and Orchid House.
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Ellie is the perfect girl, to everyone except her sister, who is sick of competing with Miss Perfect. But Ellie's world crumbles when she is in an accident and is forever changed. Can Ellie find any beauty in her life now? Why should she even bother?
I heard mixed reviews about this book. But it was a Christy Award finalist, so I bought a copy to support the young adult finalists. Those mixed reviews caused the book to sit on the bottom of my To Read pile for a very long time. When I finally read it, I read it in a day. I don't know what the problem is, but I loved this story. And maybe this story has been told before in other ways. And maybe people could see where it was going. But that didn't make it any less powerful of a story for me. I thought the story itself was beautiful. I loved every bit of it. I highly recommend it for teen girls. It's a powerful story about loving yourself, which most of us could stand to do a little more. Highly recommended.
all i can say is, whoever has wished that they were more beautiful and more successful, or whoever has simply felt discouraged and unimportant, this book is for you.
it certainly was for me.
Ellie is, to the world to see, perfect and happy. She basically has it all - according to the everyone around her. Yet, Ellie, although not unhappy is also missing something - that she can't quite put a finger on. In one moment, everything changes for her and it is a this point that Ellie really starts understanding herself and discvovering what is really important in her life.
This novel, although aimed at YA, could easily be read by people of all ages. Its basic messages are clear - never judge your insides with somebody else's outsides AND life will throw you lots of curve balls and it is up to you how you deal with them.
This novel is inspiring and true to life. Ellie is put in a situation where she needs to re-evaluate everything that she "thought" was important - and through a very harsh life lesson, she will find herself with the most important gift - the willingness to grow.
I loved the way the author tells her story - from riches to what may be perceived as "rags" and yet -you get the distinct impression that Ellie is actually richer in the end.
I loved, loved this novel.
Reading this story, I felt like I could truly connect with these characters. I felt their pain and cried with them. I laughed with them, and the best of all, I prayed with them. This is a book that I think every young girl should read. Whether they are popular, in the "out" crowd, or just needing a boost of encouragement during the high school years of parties and homecomings and dances, this is the book for them. It is well written and life like, and they will understand God's love the THEM in the end and the TRUE meaning of being beautiful. A 4 star praise to this author and her Beautiful book!
*A special thanks to the author and her pubisher for providing me with a review copy!*
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Let me start this review by saying that you need to read this book. Go, right now, and pick up a copy.Read more