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Beautiful: Truth's Found When Beauty's Lost Paperback – November 3, 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 in a horrible accident and we see the transformation not only of her looks but of who she is. She fights for her life and to realize what true beauty is. She doesn't completely lose who she was before the accident, but she realizes a lot of things about herself, and her family and she makes it all into something better. I connected better with Megan though because of her personality type. She is funny, sarcastic and tells it like it is- she also is learning a lot about herself in this book, and walks away from a negative relationship because of it. She is a bit of an outcast, and I relate with that.
There are two quality guys in this book and they both support Ellie through it all. I like that Ellie tries to be selfless about them in her life, and how she handles things. It is not a love triangle persay, because even though it shows a glimmer of possibility for relationship with one of the guys, he is really just mostly a friend, and I like he keeps it that way to preserve their friendship, knowing that differences would probably tear them apart if they were more. So I really appreciate how that is written because it is not often that you see a quality friendship in YA with opposite sexes without him being gay or being romantically involved.
Beautiful is well paced, and has a wonderful driving plot, with supporting and interesting sub-plots. I didn't ever feel like there was too little, or too much going on, it is very well balanced. It explores hope, healing, friendship, and religion. Don't let that turn you off though, it flows very naturally and I never felt like it was preachy. It was brought up at appropriate times and it was always personal opinion and not saying what should be believed.
Though we are taken on Ellie's journey of healing, I really appreciate how nothing is magically fixed- it is planted in reality and there is no magical pill. There is lots of hope, and she grows, changes and heals, but nothing is overnight. It has a great ending but it is not all tied up and handed to her. I would recommend this to my readers who like contemps, realistic ya, or if you want an emotional read that will make you think.
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.
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