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  • Posted May 6, 2012

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    This book isn't exactly what I expected, but it turns out to be

    This book isn't exactly what I expected, but it turns out to be very good. Shelby and her sisters all want to be like their mother--beautiful, flirty, and has the ability to make any man fall head over heels for her. But when Shelby's mom has an emergency, the sister needs to be divided and live with their own fathers, four different men. They try to stay in contact, but they are afraid Maddie is changing because of her strict father. A story about what's it like to be separated from the ones you love the most.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    It's always been Shelby, her mom, and her three sisters. The story is told through Shelby's eyes. She is the second eldest of the four. They live in an untraditional family, to say the least. Each of the sisters has a different father. And they each have different ancestry, as well. One is half Japanese, half Italian. One is half Japanese and half Chinese. One is half Japanese and half Anglo. And Shelby is all Japanese. <BR/><BR/>Their mom has always been on the quest for eternal beauty and the rich husband. None of the girls' fathers have satisfied her, even though Lakey's father, Larry, wants to marry her. It's only after learning of Larry's engagement to another woman that Helen realizes what she could've had. <BR/><BR/>Even with the bizarre family ties, the girls and their mother are close. They do everything together. And though maybe unconventional, their mother has done a good job raising the girls. It's only after her mother is in a serious car accident that their world crumbles. Since none of the girls are legally adults, Helen must arrange homes for the girls while she recovers. <BR/><BR/>It is decided that each of the girls will go to live with their respective fathers. Shelby has only seen her father a handful of times. Jiro is a reserved man, living a quiet life in Arkansas. Except for the fact that he dresses terribly uncool, as the summer unfolds, Shelby realizes he's not a bad man, just unknown to her. <BR/><BR/>It's Maddie that has the worst situation. Her father, Mr. Bronson, has been legally trying to obtain custody of her, stating Helen is an unfit mother. He's a stern disciplinarian, and Maddie's personality starts to disappear, living in his oppressive home. <BR/><BR/>When notified that their mother may die, all the girls are flown home to be with her. The girls take matters into their own hands when they fear that they could be permanently separated if the worst happens. They will do anything they can to keep their family unit together, and to save Maddie. <BR/><BR/>Ms. Kadohata writes a powerfully moving novel of four girls struggling to keep the lives they've always known. Separated from each other, they can barely survive. Looking in from the outside, the reader knows what is going on, but feels powerless to stop the momentum that is driving their lives. After reading OUTSIDE BEAUTY, the reader will come away with a wonderful feeling of family, and of how love can pull you through anything.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    wow wow wow

    this is a great book it shows how to be strong you should all way look up to your mother

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2009

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    Wasn't quite as great as I expected it to be...

    As I said in the headline, I expected Cynthia Kadohata's book, Outside Beauty, to be amazing, just like the rest of her works. The majority of her book was flashbacks from previous times in the sisters lives, which were used to tell the present story. At times, this could become boring and like a long string of words. Sometimes, it was very hard to tell whether the narrator, Shelby, was talking about something in the present or the past. So, I waited and waited for something big to happen, and it eventually did. They were split up to live with their own fathers. I felt that Shebly was being very hard on her father, Jiro. I understand she must have felt upset about the trajedy and wanted to be with her sisters, but she never gave Jiro a chance until he did something for her in return. I felt very sorry for Jiro. And I felt the mother, since she did have SO many men in her life, she seemed to not set a very good example for her childern. In her life, beauty is everthing, which isn't necessarily true. Once the mother was going through all that trajedy, she still only thought about her makeup. And her daughters, frankly, dress like hobags. Every time they wake up, they put on tanktops and too-tight jeans. That's really...mature for a 13 year old. One positive note is that I liked the main character. She seemed very smart and I agreed with her on most things. Another positive was the writing. No doubt that Kadohata is a great writer, I just didn't really like the stroy. In the end, the values taught were nonexistant. The main character went through not a lot of change, which could have made the stroy great. But she did pretty much stay the same, so I didn't like the story that much.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Angelica

    sounds good but im in the middle of reading a phyllis reynolds naylor book she is awesome so after i will read this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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