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by Cindy Martinusen Coloma
     
 

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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

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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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595543578
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
1,191,653
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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