Monday, June 8, 2015
Beautiful Girl by Fleur Philips
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 teenagerat least for a little whileaway 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 knowshe¹s 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.
In the beginning I thought this book was going to be good but it kind of went down hill for me.
Things I liked:
1) I loved Melanie as a character. I felt bad for her a lot of the time having to deal with her really annoying mother but she was not stupid like some female characters tend to be.
2) I liked the coming of age story. It was great to see Melanie become more confident and realize that her friends should like her not just for her looks.
3) The twist was very unexpected. I was rather shocked because from that point the story was pretty tame.
Things I was not fond of:
1) The mother- Wow she literally has to be the worst mother ever. She pretty much just wanted her daughter to do all these things she didn't want to do. Ahh she annoyed me.
2) Kurt- So not a nice guy and just weird
3) The instalove. I am never a fan of this but I think this was the worst one I have read in awhile. It was just ridiculous.
4) The ending- Another ending I was just underwelmed with. I don't feel like it wrapped anything up and that was really disappointing.
With all this being said I still enjoyed this book just didn't love like I had hoped I would. I would have loved it to be longer and maybe the ending could have been better.
My rating: ♥♥♥
* I received this on a read and review basis from NetGalley*