BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Fleur Philips

BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Fleur PhilipsBeautiful Girl by Fleur Philips
Published by Sparkpress on June 9th 2015
Pages: 150
Genres: Young Adult
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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to casting calls and auditions since she was four years old. According to Joanne Kennicut, Melanie was born to follow in her footsteps. But Melanie never wanted this life. When a freak car accident leaves her with facial lacerations that will require plastic surgery, she can't help but wonder if this is the answer to her prayers. For the first time in her life, she has a chance to live like a normal teenager at least for a little while away from the photo shoots and movie sets that have dominated her entire existence. But after Melanie allows her best friend to come to the house to see her, Joanne decides to hide her daughter in Montana for the remainder of the summer. There, Melanie won't be seen by anyone they know, and her face will heal in time for the scheduled surgery in late August. Joanne s plan backfires, however, when Melanie meets Sam, a Native American boy hired by the home's owner to tend to the property. Sam is nothing like the Hollywood boys Melanie knows he's poor, his father's a drunk who possesses a bizarre gift inherited from a Kootenai Shaman, and his only brother disappeared into the mountains after the death of their mother eight years before. What transpires over a mere 36 hours after Sam and Melanie meet changes both of their lives in ways they never thought possible."

The book beautiful girl is about seventeen year old aspiring model and actress named Melanie. She hates her life of plastic, she hates how her mom has forced this way of life on her, she hates how her only friend (WHO IS A HORRIBLE PERSON) Clarissa treats her, and most of all she hates the complete falseness of it all. But one day Melanie gets into a car crash and her face is injured, and then the glimmer of hope that she might be able to escape this life shows itself. She is then whisked away to Montana to recover from her injuries and prevent her reputation as a entertainer being damaged. There she meets this guy named Sam, and right then and there, in chapter 8 the book becomes unreadable, and I wanted to throw it.

The romance that was written in this book was totally unbelievable. The character that I had been getting to know wasn’t so desperate to escape her horrible life of plastic that she would run away with a random guy that she had only met once before and spend the whole day with him. This girl would not have done that. She deals with his family drama while revealing almost nothing about herself. What teenage girl doesn’t talk about herself? Maybe it just because I don’t like the whole idea of “insta-love” or whatever you want to call it. I mean Melanie is really well written and I enjoy getting to know her and her past. But everything after I met Sam felt like it was just like some sort of dream that Melanie was having while she was recovering from the accident.

Within the same day that Melanie met this twenty year old native American*, she runs off with him for the day. Then she stays at his brothers house with him, his brother and his father. She stays overnight! Sam works at a practically dead end job as a lawn mower. Her mother had a pretty natural reaction to her leaving without contacting her and telling her she’s safe. While she’s at Sam’s brother’s house, Melanie does really intimate stuff  with him. I feel like all of this is unrealistic because you’re telling me that this girl who comes from a world of plastic totally trusts this guy and these men, without a question, no conflicting feelings or any logical thinking to whats happening.

This book had a lot of sexual content and contained mentions of drugs. This is suppose to be a YA book. I can’t really think of anyone this book would appeal to. I mean the book contained lots of risk taking, and none of it really made any sense to me. It also showed more than one character being manipulated and just kind of putting up with it, not really defying it or trying to break free of it. It was kind of sad.. honestly the plot in this book wasn’t really too uplifting. I mean I understand that life is crazy, complicated, and not always happy but this book just isn’t really what i would call life like. It was really hard for me to continue reading past page ninety.

AND DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE ENDING! I can’t really describe it, because that would be giving everything away, but trust me, it was meh. This book was not for me. I hate to say that I hated it, and I don’t want to be mean, considering that somebody put work into it, but I really didn’t like it.

*(he call’s himself an Indian and Melanie who narrates the book calls him that as well but its very clear that he is indeed a native American)

My Rating

2 stars

About Fleur Philips

Fleur Philips is an award-winning author who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana. Her first novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a General Fiction Finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Her current novel, Crumble, was named Young Adult Winner from the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and was selected as a Young Adult Fiction Finalist by the 2013 International Book Awards. Additionally, Crumble is a Silver Medalist in the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in the category of Young Adult, Mature Issues. Most recently, it was named a YA Fiction Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards from USA Book News. Fleur lives in Whitefish, Montana with her son.

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