Beautiful

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Her friends once thought she was perfect. Now she must face the mirror--and herself--to discover what true beauty is.

Ellie Summerfield has everything a girl could want--she's beautiful, she's Senior Class President, has a calendar full of social engagements, volunteer commitments, and church activities. In short, she's perfect, according to most of the students at West Redding High School. But something is bothering Ellie, like a loose string...

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Overview

Her friends once thought she was perfect. Now she must face the mirror--and herself--to discover what true beauty is.

Ellie Summerfield has everything a girl could want--she's beautiful, she's Senior Class President, has a calendar full of social engagements, volunteer commitments, and church activities. In short, she's perfect, according to most of the students at West Redding High School. But something is bothering Ellie, like a loose string on a dress she can feel but can't see. Does she really love her boyfriend, Ryan? Who are her true friends? And is she really happy in her picture-perfect life?

Then in the course of a few minutes, the loose string in Ellie's life completely unravels. Forever changed, she must face herself as she discovers what it really means to be beautiful.

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Seventeen-year-old Ellie is a lovely overachiever who sets lofty standards for herself and those around her, perhaps one of the reasons she rejects her jock-boyfriend Ryan's highly romantic overtures and has drifted apart from her slightly younger, aggressively imperfect sister, Megan. After fighting with Ryan, Ellie is seriously burned in a tragic accident, and the book's subtitle, "Truth's found when beauty's lost," sums up the message. As Ellie's recovery progresses haltingly, Ryan and Megan are very supportive, but she rejects their efforts and questions her faith. Home from the hospital, she is forced to make hard decisions about her now-uncertain future. The third-person narration alternates between the sisters with occasional excerpts from an anonymous blog providing additional insight. Characters are generally believable, and Ellie's difficult recovery and boyfriend issues will provide fodder for discussion. While the message usually refrains from overpowering the predictable, sometimes slow-paced story line, a pointless subplot centered around a grandfather who loved Megan but detested Ellie weakens the narrative. Still, an acceptable purchase for Christian literature collections. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595543578
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,403,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Martinusen Coloma is the best-selling author of several novels including The Salt Garden, Beautiful, and Orchid House.
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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    This story was truly beautiful in so many ways...

    Beautiful moved my heart several times. I found my eyes welling with tears of both heartache and joy as Ellie discovered herself for the first time while she healed from the accident. The author did a great job with character development and making them three dimensional. I loved the interaction between the heroine and the guys in her life. There were some amazing heroes and secondary characters in this book. Even the parents were genuine and believable. I didn't see any plastic characters or artificial faith.

    This story had depth and heart. It in no way trivialized the trauma this girl went through and did a great job pointing out how sometimes what people say in awkward situations just hurts people more (God has a plan - true, but grieving people don't necessarily want to hear that when they are hurting.) I, too, felt her pain and the grief she went through. Everything she experienced made sense and was totally fitting her situation. In short, I was this girl. I went through the valley with her, which explains its profound impact on my heart.

    I can totally see this novel opening the eyes of many girls who have taken the good things in their life for granted. And like Ellie's sister, Megan, this story should change them. After going through something like Ellie experienced, most things do seem awfully petty and stupid. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2010

    awesome book! must read for teen girls!

    every girl struggles with what true beauty is and their own body image... this book perfectly describes that struggle! Very well written and relatable!

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