Gorgeous (Paul Rudnick). Gorgeous. SUMMARY: Inner beauty wants out. When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s. 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 . Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr 9 Up-An unsuspecting teen goes from a : Gorgeous eBook: Paul Rudnick: Kindle Store.

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I felt the same way about the murky message…the second half of the book was truly laugh out loud funny for me, but i felt like all those “message” threads never did get tied up.

Kimberly Francisco on June 26, Becky Randle has always considered herself pretty plain. Not an uggabug, mind you, but nothing special either.

She lives in a trailer with her mother, gorveous obese woman whom everyone else seems to write off, but who Becky knows is the kindest, most wonderful person in the world.


Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

But then her mom dies, and Becky is left rudderless. Sure enough, the first dress she puts on — a hot red number — does just that. But when anyone else is with her, she looks like Rebecca, the knock-out, the stunner.

Tom Kelly and his dresses take Becky on gorgeouz wild ride — the cover of Vogue, a starring role in an action movie opposite the hottest actor, and even a meeting with the prince of England. Becky is not so sure of her gorgeoue, not so sure of Tom Kelly, and very afraid of what being permanently Rebecca would do to her life. Her story is told in first person, so you really get a good feel for who she is through her own eyes.

Her friend Rocher is a breath of fresh air. I fully expected Rocher to be written as initially supportive but eventually envious, complete with a falling-out and ultimate reconciliation at the end of the book.

Plus, Rocher is freaking hilarious.

It seems he and Becky go from meeting each other to being an acknowledged couple with no steps in between. It seems rushed, like perhaps Rudnick just wanted to skip ahead to the good stuff. For all that the prince is a good-looking, funny, kind-hearted, famous, and very wealthy man, I never felt the swoon that I felt I should have.


It features a protagonist who is 19 for the majority of the story. So is it a good read? More than that, though, the message is just kind rudnicm murky.

How do you make the story true to its world, which values physical beauty, but also prevent it from being total wish fulfillment or a complete downer?

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He gets points for grappling with it in the first place. Comments Thanks for this review! This has been one that I’m very curious about.