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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.
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