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A book that will make you see yourself clearly for the first time.

When Becky Randle's mother dies, Becky is whisked from her trailer park home to New York. There she meets Tom Kelly, the world's top designer, who presents Becky with an impossible offer: He'll design three dresses to transform the very average Becky into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.Soon Becky is remade as Rebecca - pure five-alarm hotness to the outside world and an awkward mess of cankles and split ends when she's alone. With Rebecca's remarkable beauty as her passport, soon Becky's life resembles a fairy tale. She stars in a movie, VOGUE calls, and she starts to date Prince Gregory, heir to the English throne. That's when everything crumbles. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But the idea of a prince looking past Rebecca's blinding beauty to see the real girl inside? There's not enough magic in the world.Defiant, naughty, and impossibly fun, GORGEOUS answers a question that bewilders us all: Just who the hell IS that in the mirror?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 149 x 215 x 31mm | 445g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0545464269
  • 9780545464260
  • 907,852

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When I wasn't laughing out loud (which was often), I was wiping away a tiny tear.- Meg Cabot, bestselling author of The Princess Diaries seriesPaul Rudnick is a champion of truth and love and great wicked humor, whom we ignore at our peril. - David Sedaris, bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One DayRudnick's first Y.A. novel is full of magic, snark, style, heart, and hilarity. - The Atlantic WireHuffington Post's Five Things We're Into This Week[G]leefully wacky and irreverent . . . readers are treated to Rudnick's considerable talents as a satirist as he uproariously eviscerates our celebrity-mad, class-conscious, appearance-obsessed, reality-TV-vapid culture with puckish delight . . . a wicked good time, with moments both outlandish and touching. And as a summer beach read? Well, it's perfect. - Libba Bray, New York Times Book ReviewPaul Rudnick's generous, open heart, scathing wit, encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and droll humor are all in force in his latest creation, GORGEOUS, which is aptly named. I absolutely adored this book and snort-laughed through the entire thing. You will too. - Melissa de la Cruz, bestselling author of the Blue Bloods seriesPaul Rudnick's young adult debut, Gorgeous, is not a fairy tale. Because in real life, fairy tales always end badly. What it is is a satire sharp as a stiletto heel that takes on celebrity culture, the fashion industry, consumerism, and princess stories. Oh, and it's wickedly hilarious. - Boston GlobeWith writing that's hilarious, profane, and profound (often within a single sentence), Rudnick casts a knowing eye on our obsession with fame, brand names, and royalty to create a feel-good story about getting what you want without letting beauty blind you to what's real. - Publishers Weekly, starred review"Acute, wickedly funny observations on appearance and identity punctuate this sprawling, caustic fairy tale that cheerfully skewers the fashion and film worlds and their celebrity-culture spawn. . . . A Cinderella story with a difference, Becky's journey to reconcile her inner household drudge and outer princess starts where most fairy tales end." - Kirkus Reviews"Totally irreverent and wonderfully refreshing." - RT Book Reviews
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About Paul Rudnick

Paul Rudnick is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. His screenplays include Addams Family Values and In&Out, and he's written for Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker. His plays have been produced both on and off Broadway and around the world and include I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey. His first young adult novel was Gorgeous, which Libba Bray for the New York Times called a wicked good time. Under the pen name Libby Gelman-Waxner, he is also the world's most beloved and irresponsible film critic. Paul lives in New York City.
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3,186 ratings
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4 30% (968)
3 30% (948)
2 11% (362)
1 7% (218)
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