Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gorgeous by Rachel Vail

Being the middle aged Avery sister isn't always the easiest thing to do. Allison Avery is sick of her boring old life and wishes for nothing more than to be gorgeous, just like her two sisters and the new girl at school. Having too many problems, such as having the hugest crush on an older boy that probably doesn't even know her name if he even knows she exists, her mom is on the brink of losing her job, and she can't do much else to make her friend upset with her, she realizes that she can't possibly deal with them all herself. Allison knows that she needs help from possibly some unnatural forces and maybe a new friend because she can't do it all alone, and is willing to give up almost anything to turn her life around; so when the opportunity finally presents itself, Allison can't resist. That opportunity came from no one but the devil himself, and usually when the devil's involved, it can only mean one thing: trouble. Allison agrees to sell her cell phone to the devil in exchange for the gift of being gorgeous since she is convinced that she has no soul. Allison will soon see whether she regrets that decision or not; but if it involves the devil, she probably will.

So far Gorgeous is the best book of the trilogy by Rachel Vail starting with Lucky, but I have yet to read Brilliant. I thought that it was a lot easier to relate to Allison rather than Phoebe since we are of closer ages and have the same issues such as wanting to be gorgeous and trying to fit in, as well as trying to get that special older boy to like you and your friends to fully accept whom you are. Some of the scenes were interesting and held my attention pretty well, such as when she went to some of the parties, but I thought that a few of the other scenes weren't fully developed and somewhat boring and the story didn't really take flight. The ending was very unexpected and caught me by great surprise. Overall, the book was pretty well written, enjoyable for the most part, and a nice breezy story for a hot summer day. I recommend this novel to younger teenage girls around the ages of 11 to 15. I'm looking forward to reading Rachel Vail's next book Brilliant and seeing how this drama-infused trilogy ends.

There was some alcohol substance throughout the story.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Upper Strasburg, Pennsylvania USA