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Allison Avery is the middle sister in a family with three girls. Over the years, she has been plagued by feelings of inadequacy since both of her sisters are pretty, blonde, and perfect. She has dark wavy hair and eyes that are too far apart and considers herself to be unattractive. However, when she sells her cell phone to the devil in exchange for seven people thinking she's beautiful, it sets her on a path to search out what real beauty is.I really enjoyed this book. This book seems excellent for young teenage girls who are always questioning their looks and their personalities. Allison is by no means excellent and she questions a lot, which I could relate to. I think this book will force teenage girls to see their positive traits as well as obsessing over their negative ones. I know it's much easier to believe the negative things people see about you, but just like Allison comes to terms with accepting and appreciating the nice things people say about her, I think it'll support younger readers realize that what matters is internal confidence and not superficial beauty. Once again, Rachel Vail managed to write a real teenage character.
Summary: The second book in a trilogy dealing with the Avery sisters, whose mother, the breadwinner, has just lost her job affecting them in a dozens of ways. This book is about the middle daughter Allison who has always felt herself to be the least beautiful and least valued of the family. She ends up her cell to the devil for a possibility at gorgeousness.I know that I read Lucky, the first book, but I didn't really remember it. That is okay; these books can be read in any as they cover the same happenings from the various perspectives [It looks like the third book will be called Brilliant and is due out in May.] I have to say that I love all three covers for this trilogy-they're...gorgeous!I mostly liked Allison (especially her obsession with the slightly obscure historical figure Gouverneur Morris) and I really liked her fresh best mate Roxie Green. But the obsession with being gorgeous annoyed me. I know that it's the plot of the book and obviously she will talk about it a lot but it annoyed me especially because it was totally obvious to me that she really was beautiful but just couldn't see it. The story itself is beautiful predictable but the writing style is very engaging. I've enjoyed the series and am eager for the third.Overall: 4 out of 5 for cute story although slightly annoying narrator.
This was the first Rachel Vail book I've read, but certainly not the last. Yes, I read these books out of order, but it turns out I doesn't matter. Allison Avery feels like she's a loser compared to her sisters, and when fresh girl Roxie Green her the possibility to hang out, she feels like she can begin over. By her cell phone to the devil (who's beautiful hot in this novel) and changing her name to Alison, she becomes model material. But it's not so lison isn't just another shallow girl wanting to be famous and beautiful. She's trying to figure out what friendship means, along the method discarding some of her old mates in favor of fresh ones. Meanwhile, her home life is rocked when her mom loses her job. She had once thought teen magazines were trashy, but now, she's not so sure. Allison has to figure out just how far she'll go to live up to the titular gorgeous, and pushes her parents', sisters' and friends' buttons to prove that she's worthy.What truly impressed me about Vail is that while there's definitely a lesson here, it's not just "beauty is only skin deep" or some other cliché. The devil isn't just evil, but intelligent in his way, alluring, and Allison has a tough choice to make. Roxie quotes Golda Meir to her ("Don't be humble; you're not that great.") in a line that a lot of adults could also take to heart. I've since gone on and read Lucky, but Gorgeous I think is the stronger of the two. Highly recommended. Vail makes Allison relatable and realistic, especially in her feeling like her parents aren't impressed with her and won't be until she reaches a certain level of achievement.
As the middle sister, Allison feels e's not attractive or lucky like her other sisters; she's merely interesting. With all the family drama - something's up with her mom and her job - Allison feels left lison's best mate is also getting on her nerves. When she hangs out with Roxie Green one day; she just might explore that fun is missing from her e also might have created a bargain with the devil in exchange for people thinking she's gorgeous.When Allison and Roxie skip school to obtain a modeling gig, things begin to change. All of a sudden Allison has a fresh best mate and the interest of her crush. Could all this really be event to her?GORGEOUS is the simultaneous sequel to LUCKY, the story from Phoebe's perspective - the youngest sister. This is another fun, exciting read from Rachel ed by: Jennifer Rummel
Alison Avery is the "interesting looking" girl of the Avery sisters. While her sisters, Phoebe and Quinn are gorgeous. She is sick of her bossy "best friend" Jade, having an impossible crush on Tyler Moss, and her mom's job is on the line. Alison wants change in her life. So, she starts by becoming mates with Roxie, the eccentric fresh girl. Alison decides to take some risk for changes in her life.I found Lucky to be Brilliant and Gorgeous was a amazing sequel. Where as Lucky was focused on money. Gorgeous was centered on beauty and self esteem. Alison was simple to relate to since most girls have had those issues before. It had a amazing plot and lots of humor. It was an original book and lovely. Vail is amazing writer. I recommend the Avery Trilogy.
There is nothing more a women should wish than to have a man like Grayson. This is a unbelievable romantic hot delicious book. I loved the story and the banter between the characters. I really hope Karen Deen will write more books about Grayson's mates and his small sister. That would be unbelievable books as well.
This is my very favorite story by Karen Deen to date, and frankly, I could have permanently kept reading about these two the rest of the year & longer. Matilda, aka Tilly, is a control freak, hard worker at the company she started up with her bestie. She rarely goes out, but for one night, she takes another amazing friend's advice, and goes to an happening that her company planned. She meets Grayson, aka Gray, there, and she does something out of her comfort zone, she hooks up with him, and HOLY HELL! It was so HOT, that it was like my kindle fogged up. She runs out of there, while Gray wants to search her, because he intends to do it over & over again. Next up, her gynecology appointment, where her normal doctor is out of the office with a family emergency, and in walks her hookup as Dr. Gray. She prays he doesn't recognize her, especially since she gave him the wrong name the night before, and I'm afraid that it didn't go over too well because he did, and his reaction had me laughing so hard that I had a time catching my breath. This takes these two on a fresh journey, because fate isn't messing around, and she keeps running into him everywhere she goes, and not on purpose either. Tilly finally gives in, and decides to give them a try, and not only was there more setting the sheets on fire, but the hilarious interactions that happened between them, well, my stomach now hurts like crazy. The secondaries were no slouches in the humor department either. So how does it all pan out?! I CANNOT state this enough, YOU HAVE TO HIT THE ONE CLICK BUTTON! You won't be sorry one bit, as I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL!
Karen Deen delivers a delicious & swoonworthy romance and I was captivated from the first page.I loved finding out what drives and motivates Tilly and I loved even more the possibility she took when her bestie gave her a gentle nudge and urged her to live a little. (We all need a bestie like Hannah) I was intrigued like I was right there at the ball watching the evening unfold.Enter the delectable Grayson, he’s not only all kinds of delicious he’s a Gynaecologist. (Bravo Karen I love his career) and it added a hole unbelievable layer to their breathtaking journey into trying to fit into each other’s lives while staying committed to their work.I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it had so a lot of elements I love when I’m reading. This is a definite must today.
Our main characters, Grayson and Tilly, are supposed to be 37 and 32 yrs olds, respectively, but the dialogue is that of teenagers. It was so cheesy and immature, it was completely unbelievable, especially of two mid-to-late 30-something so, it's distracting when a non-American is trying to write a story based in America but uses terms and phrases not common in America. For example, we call it a parking lot, not a vehicle park, we don't refer to our mates as "mates", and we don't call elevators "lifts". These are minor errors but are enough to pull you out of the story, nonetheless.I think the story premise was good, but the execution was a bit of a miss. As a suggestion, I think the author should either write YA with this kind of dialogue, or write more mature dialogue if she wants to stick to mature characters.
Matilda and Grayson hold running into each other. First, head on as Tilly is in a hurry and Gray is out jogging. Then a masquerade ball takes put and again, they run into each other. Neither one knows who is behind the mask when they share a night of bliss. Tilly isn't ready to settle down as her business is taking off. Gray is busy with his work at the hospital which involves long hours. There are two other times the two characters meet face to face. Is is circumstance or fate?Really amazing read. Love Gray's mates and their antics. Tilly's mates are hilarious in getting her ready for the ball. Whose to say these mates won't present up in another series.
This was an awesome read for sure. I loved the story behind Tully and Gray. It showed how they first meet and it showed how they came together also. I loved how their mates played their parts in giving advice. I really enjoyed it so much. I hope that there are other book to go with this one. Thank you Karen for another amazing read...
Before I obtain to the movie, allow me tell you about the DVD features. You on a contestant and a spotlight falls on her head. Click and howl, girls, and howl!! This is Ellen Barkin's best role EVER!! Girl gets a cast wrapped around a beer can in her hand because she was holding it when her trailer exploded. Allison Janney is unbelievable as the mid-life horny broad. Britney Murphy is tender and clumsy and loveable. Kirsten Dunst is endearing, especially in the scenes with Jannel, and Denice Richards is a gun-totin' packin' beauty queen. But the TRUE queen of the film is Kirstie Alley. This is the fourth copy of the film I've bought because people hold borrowing it and "losing it forever." Do yourself a favor and obtain this ... and be sure to stick your address label on it so that the "borrowers" at least feel guilty occasionally.
One of the most fantastically hilarious, well delivered, tongue in cheek comedies I have ever seen. Truly a favorite I've seen more times than I can count. This is a treasure to rival your collection of Precious Moments figurines in tranquil poses of prayer, and you'll wish a stuffed Jesus on a cross to carry the irreverent sin of your laughter straight to purgatory or hell, depending on if you were able to obtain the express line or not. Some of the scenes were so insanely funny, I swear you'll laugh until you pull a muscle or pop a rib, or maybe even poop a little. Really. I child you not. You will need a package of Luckys and some Schlitz as Christie Alley pulls off one of the best roles (IMHO) of her career, and Allison Janney shows awesome work, among everyone else's magnificent and tight performance. Filmed as a mockumentary, you'll never look at a hot dish or a package of smokes or a beauty pageant again without tearing up and just readying for the drama you know will ensue.
This is the funniest damn movie. Sort of surprised it's so hard to find. Amazing cast, both dark and light sense of humor, one of the first mockumentary movies to come along in the 90's along with Waiting For Guffman. You obtain Amy Adams in her first movie along with Denise Richards laying on the smugness really thick. Kirstie Ally is hilarious along with 2 ladies from SNL. Kirsten Dunst: wow. Brittney Murphy, Ellen Burstyn, Will Sasso, etc. I'm sure I'm misspelling names, but it's quite an impressive cast and well-written witty script. There's a lot of amazing chemistry between the cast members at all levels. Don't watch if you actually like beauty pageants and don't think they have any latent flaws. Hah!
This film is fan-freaking-tastic. Allison Janney, Ellen Barkin, Kirstey Alley, - the cast is perfect. Denise Richards is excellent as the pouty sociopath; Kirsten Dunst as the girl-next-door, and the a lot of supporting actors who created this mock-umentary the piece of dark, late-stage pageantism it manages to be.I never got into pageant watching as a true thing. Never will. But so have fun this dark, silly capturing of small-town American aspirations and ambitions. It's not for everyone, but if you like this film I think you'll LOVE it.
This film is a amazing classic that has a number of amazing stars that do a amazing job - even Denise Richards! (somewhat kidding). It's more or less a mock documentary about a beauty pageant, the contestants (and families of) & judges. Solid cast (as said above) from Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Brittany Murphy, Ellen Barken, Allison Janney, Kirstie Alley and long as you're not looking for a 'serious' film to watch, and wish to have some amazing laughs, this won't disappoint. I can't imagine how a lot of takes some of these scenes took.I'm not going to give a lot away about the film - just rest assured that if you're into comedies and have fun having some amazing laughs, then I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up if you can search it. Even after a few dozen viewings, and being 15 years old, this has aged gracefully. I highly recommend this classic, under appreciated film.
What a amazing movie! It's the kind of film you have to watch a couple/three more times because of all that is missed during the continuous laughter. It's not just the dialog that's funny. Look around in the background of the scenes .... there are funny antics going on there, too!There is a beauty pageant event right there in a small city in Minnesota. 'You betcha' Kirstie Alley plays her part so well, as the mother of one of the contestants & a previous pageant champion herself. Ellen Barkin is Hillarious as a mother of another contestant, Kirsten Dunst! And then there is Allison Janney, an ever supporting aunt of Miss Dunst, who loves men as much as she loves a cold drink. Denise Richards, Who is, none other than the daughter of a previous champion & an organizer of the pageant, Kirstie Alley. There are a lot of of small plots within the plot happening. It pays to watch it a few times.
The best small parody you've never heard of. Saw it once on TV and finally got to it. The acting is great, and I'm still bowled over by the accuracy of the Minnesota accents all the actors were trained to use. The humor - while not side splitting laughter - is non-stop and if you careful attention, you can see the amazing acting talent displayed in the film. I smile from beginning to end, and think this movie deserves much greater acclaim than it has this movie probably couldn't be created because of the "PC" crowd who have no humor whatsoever.
This is one of those films that at first looks like a chick flick, but underneath is a really dark comedy with some amazing writing and perfect lines. If you grew up in a small, boring city I think you'll relate to this film more than you realize. Of course a lot of the characters are over the top, but it's still a amazing film and one that I watch at least once a year.
Drop Dead Gorgeous, though not subtle, is a cleverly written comedy in the "mockumentory" style of "This is Spinal Tap." However, it lampoons a lot of of the slightly (or not so slightly) absurd aspects of both beauty pageants and living in white mid-west suburbia. The role of a spoiled, snotty, self-absorbed teen princess holy roller isn't so much a role for Dennis Richards (well, everything but the holy roller part) as a biography. Kirsten Dunst comes through with a stellar performance as preppy underdog, and Kirsten Alley is quite entertaining as the rich, overbearing mother reliving her glory days through her daughter. Entertaining from beginning to finsh!
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The kooky girl from Brooklyn with the stunning voice burst upon the present business globe when she was 19, killing audiences in a bit part on Broadway while simultaneously becoming a must-see attraction in Fresh York supper clubs. By the time Barbra was 20 she was singing for thousands in the Hollywood Bowl, and for millions on the Judy Garland show. At 21 she was truly "the greatest star" with raves in Funny Girl, plus Tony, Grammy, and Emmy nominations all in the same year.If you are a fan you know this outline already, along with the mates discarded and detractors accumulated along the way. Except you don't really know the story until you read Mr. Mann's book which info the years from Barbra's arrival in Manhattan (at barely 16!) to her Broadway coronation in Funny Girl. He recreates her life marking spring, summer, winter, fall of those five years. His book not only heaps in the info that time, but it also shows how the Barbra Streisand Story we have heard for decades was manufactured first by Barbra, then her managers and publicists. The attention to original sources and recollections and carefully weighing them together is what sets this books apart from previous biographies.Highly recommended.
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Barbra Streisand is a complicated person. This book focuses on her early years and how she rose to success. Her voice is what got her there, despite her desire to be an actress, not a singer. She had an intense desire to succeed, perhaps partially due to her mother’s belief that she could not, which may have been due to her own crushed dreams. I admire Barbra’s ambition, but I thought it was poor that the early mates who helped her develop her style were left behind, one of whom discouraged her from getting a nose-job. According to the book, she was ruthless. Maybe that’s a quality you need to succeed. Despite everything, her talent is undeniable and she’s mesmerizing to watch. She has a bonus and a will to be the best. She was powerful enough to survive the industry, unlike so a lot of self-destructive talents. She’s tough and learned to obtain what she wanted, but the book portrays her as insensitive to those who supported her early on and were close mates to her. This is a fascinating story of how a talented young woman managed to rise to the top so quickly in a very competitive industry in Fresh York. If you can create it there, you can create it anywhere.
Naturally anyone who desires to read about Barbra, is a fan of hers. I am strongly attached to her because she comes from my town, Brooklyn, went to my rival High School Erasmus (I went toThomas Jefferson), she is Jewish and from a very related background, she talks like me and I flatter myself by thinking, she is funny like me. Unfortunately that is where the comparison stops. She will go down in history as one of the most talented performers that ever existed. For me there is nothing Barbra can do; act, sing, commediene, or just stand still on the scene and do e book for me held few surprises because to achieve what she did in life took exactly what she had: wonderful talent yes but more than that, wonderful ambition, determination and instinct. A lot of books have been written about her and I have only read this one so I cannot in all fairness compare it to anything else. For me this book was interesting because it filled in all the "details" about how Barbra got "there" which I never really new. But I knew as an "x" Brooklyn girl, that the only method to obtain anywhere in life in the "fifties" was to cross that Brooklyn Bridge and obtain into Manhattan. I knew that, so did Danny Kaye,Shelly Winters and Barbra.
I'd heard all the stories, from the thrift shop scavenging, the ungracious treatment of fans, the painting of Oprah's microphone, to the war to be cast as Miss Marmelstein; there's no question that Barbra Streisand is a capital letter Diva in every sense of the word.What William Mann has done in Hello Gorgeous is peel back the layers and incorporate exhaustive research into a highly readable biography. He shows why--why the drive, the apparent ruthlessness, the unwillingness to take any route but the one straight to the top. It's quite a story and reads like a Jackie Collins novel. I'd intended to read a chapter or two at bedtime, and wound up finishing as the birds were chirping, disappointed there wasn't more.Without glossing over some of the more unattractive aspects of his subject, Mann points out the strength needed to survive the brutal globe of show-biz. It's no coincidence that Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe are in this book if just to present what can happen to unguarded talent. Streisand had to develop a take-no-prisoners persona in to survive and defeat the heights she dreamed e writing is brilliant. Somehow, Mann manages to create his larger than life topic human and empathetic largely through the supporting cast. We understand better, because he contrasts Streisand with others in her world, perhaps just as talented, but without the superhuman focus and drive. Success comes at an enormous cost, and Mann shows the reader all the sacrificed relationships, insulting treatment, tightrope risks, and steely nerved gambles navigated on Streisand's bare knuckled scramble to the top. It's an impressive and well documented journey. I loved it.
Review of the Kindle edition...Started reading this book, but something bothered me. Then I realized they misspelled her name. Its always Barbara. Not sure if that is real in the print edition, since its spelled correctly in the title. Well, the book totally lost credibility for me. Not sure if I'll hold reading or not.
I enjoyed learning all about Barbra Streisand's early years and rise to fame in this simple to read biography. William Mann explains a well rounded picture of her drives and fears and ambitions, what makes her who she is, or was, when she was coming of age.
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