Gorgeous (Avery Sisters Trilogy Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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She's looking good . . . but Allison Avery can't believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, "interesting-looking" Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally get noticed. But there's one tiny catch, and it's not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone.

Though her deal with the devil seems like a good idea at the time, Allison soon realizes that being gorgeous isn't ...

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Gorgeous (Avery Sisters Trilogy Series #2)

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Overview

She's looking good . . . but Allison Avery can't believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, "interesting-looking" Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally get noticed. But there's one tiny catch, and it's not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone.

Though her deal with the devil seems like a good idea at the time, Allison soon realizes that being gorgeous isn't as easy as it looks. Are her new friends and boyfriend for real, or do they just like her pretty face? Allison can't trust anyone anymore, and her possessed phone and her family's financial crisis aren't making things any easier. Plus, when she finds out that she might be America's next teen model, all hell breaks loose. Allison may be losing control, but how far is she willing to go to stay gorgeous forever?

Following the critically acclaimed Lucky, Rachel Vail continues her poignant sisterhood trilogy with the rebellious middle Avery sister, Allison. Fiery, sarcastic, and just plain fun, gorgeous captures the heartbreak and hilarity in one girl's attempt to have it all.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cheryl French
Allison Avery is the difficult middle child, the "interesting-looking" Avery sister. She has spent her life surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns, people, and lives. For years Allison has been hiding behind her long bangs, baggy sweatshirts, and neutral colors and living in the shadow of her beautiful sisters and best friend, Jade. Then one night she sells her cell phone to the devil in exchange for seven people to think she is gorgeous. It is now Allison's turn to stand out and shine. As she maneuvers the minefields of family, friends, and relationships, she realizes that even gorgeous people have problems. Figuring out who has her best interests in mind proves complicated, especially when her cell phone is possessed by the devil. This novel continues the trilogy about the Avery sisters and their family's sudden plunge into economic uncertainty that started with Lucky (HarperTeen 2008/VOYA August 2008). At first glance, one would expect a light, glossy novel about whiny rich girls and the glamorous lives they lead. It is indeed a quick read but one with humor and depth to the characters. Allison is skeptical, smart, and insecure. Young teens will relate to her voice and her struggle to find her place. Allison's imperfections and contradictions ring true. Throughout this coming-of-age story, readers see her vulnerability and her confidence, her independence and her fragile self-esteem. Readers will stay with her as she takes chances, makes mistakes, tries new things, and finds out what is important to her. Reviewer: Cheryl French
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9–This second book about the Avery sisters retells the events in Lucky (HarperTeen, 2008) from the perspective of middle sister Allison. She sees herself as the plainest of the three, stuck “between two pillars of perfection,” and wishes she, too, were gorgeous. The ninth grader also has to come to terms with the effect that the loss of her mother’s high-powered job has on the entire family. One night, she dreams that she has sold her cell phone to the devil in return for at least seven people who think she is gorgeous, and strangely, after the dream, things start to change in her life. She becomes friends with new girl Roxie Green, who talks her into cutting school and going to Manhattan for an open call for models for teen magazine zip. To her utter amazement, Allison is selected as a finalist in its cover-model contest, but she then has to deal with the fallout from keeping this a secret from her family and from Roxie and with her fading friendship with her best friend. As always, Vail is spot-on in her depictions of young teen girls and their complex relationships with friends and family, and her treatment of the clichéd “girl whom everyone thinks is plain becomes successful” is fresh, innovative, and realistic. Allison is an engaging, funny character, and girls will identify with her disappointment with her looks and her longing for respect and recognition.–Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
With two popular and beautiful sisters, Allison Avery feels like she'll never measure up. She'd confide in her best friend, Jade, except that Jade is hypercritical of Allison's appearance. Jade is also interested in Ty, the boy Allison's been crushing on forever. When the devil appears in Allison's room one night, she trades her cell (not her soul) for the chance that seven people will think she's gorgeous. The deal seems to be legit; Ty now seems to notice Allison exists, and her cell phone has taken on a life of its own. As the end of Allison's ninth-grade year approaches, friendships in flux and her chance to win a modeling contest show her that there's more to being gorgeous than outward appearances. Allison is sarcastic and often moody, but she also cares deeply for her friends, traits readers will recognize. Vail shows a clear understanding of the everyday turmoil faced by today's teens and handles them with wit and obvious affection. If they haven't already read its predecessor, Lucky (2008), teens will want to after finishing this one. (Fiction. YA)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A solid, realistic account of a girl’s beginning to find her own identity."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A solid, realistic account of a girl’s beginning to find her own identity.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Praise for Lucky: “This is superior for its realism, its moderation, and its understated complexity of characters and relationships. Readers will drink up the drama and impatiently await the planned follow up titles.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Praise for Lucky: “This is superior for its realism, its moderation, and its understated complexity of characters and relationships. Readers will drink up the drama and impatiently await the planned follow up titles.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

“A solid, realistic account of a girl’s beginning to find her own identity.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A solid, realistic account of a girl’s beginning to find her own identity.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Praise for Lucky: “This is superior for its realism, its moderation, and its understated complexity of characters and relationships. Readers will drink up the drama and impatiently await the planned follow up titles.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061861192
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Series: Avery Sisters Trilogy Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 290,129
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 432 KB

Meet the Author

Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels If We Kiss and Lucky, Gorgeous, and Brilliant (the Avery sisters trilogy) and more than a dozen other novels for young teens, including the Friendship Ring series. Rachel has also written many beloved picture books, including Piggy Bunny and Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, and two hit novels for elementary school kids, Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters; and Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    As the middle sister, Allison feels neglected.

    She's not beautiful or lucky like her other sisters; she's merely interesting. With all the family drama - something's up with her mom and her job - Allison feels left out.

    Allison's best friend is also getting on her nerves. When she hangs out with Roxie Green one day; she just might discover that fun is missing from her life.

    She also might have made a bargain with the devil in exchange for people thinking she's gorgeous.

    When Allison and Roxie skip school to get a modeling gig, things start to change. All of a sudden Allison has a new best friend and the interest of her crush. Could all this really be happening to her?

    GORGEOUS is the simultaneous sequel to LUCKY, the story from Phoebe's perspective - the youngest sister. This is another fun, exciting read from Rachel Vail.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Goof

    Good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Omg

    I started reading, and never put the book down. You will love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Its a perfect chick flick (well book)

    Its perfect hiw it is the same problem like financil but different personl problem and how they react. (Lucky is about the youngest sister, Pheobe, and is the first book of of the series, Georgious is about the middle child, Allison, and is the second book of the series, Brilliant is about the oldest, Quinn, and is the last book if the triligoy. You can read them in any order but it makes more sense to read it Lucky, Georgious, then Brilliant.)

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Fell Flat

    My Review:
    Characters:
    Allison Avery is a fun character, though not as fiery and sarcastic as the summary implies. As the novel progresses, she begins to stand up for herself, and becomes more and more fiery. I had a difficult time empathizing with Allison in the novel because she wasn't the character I had been introduced to in Rachel Vail's first novel, Lucky.
    The one character that I really enjoyed was Roxanne Greene. I enjoyed her character, finding her amusing and authentic. The other character that I found to be authentically crafted was Allison's ex-best friend Jade. There is always the one friend who thinks they know what is best for you, but what that is is usually what they think is best for THEM.

    Plot/Conflict/Theme:
    When I first heard about this book, I just couldn't wait to read it. I thought that plot would be very clever and entertaining. I was sorely disappointed. The 1st half of the novel was telling Phoebe's story in Lucky from Allison's point of view. It felt like someone was summarizing what I had just read. I had expected the story to pick up where Phoebe's story ended. It did eventually, but it was so far into the book that there was little of the story left. Similar to Lucky, Gorgeous leaves its meaty and interesting plots/conflicts/and themes to the very end. The potential was there for Ms. Vail to burrow deep into the superficial world of money and modeling, and create well developed themes and conflicts to capture the heart of the reader, but she fell short.

    Quality of Writing:
    The quality of writing was okay, but again, I felt like much of the story was spent summarizing what was happening instead of really delving in and creating a world for the reader to immerse themselves into. There were some clever lines and interesting word play, but for the most part it was only average.



    Favorite Line: Allison is having an important conversation with Jade.

    "[...] A person needs her friends to believe in her more than she believes in herself. Not less. A good friend sticks with you even wehn weird stuff happens- even when good stuff happens" (Vail 260).


    Rating:
    Book: A for Average
    Cover: A for Average

    Review Taken from my blog: Ink Slinger's Index

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    yes!!!

    i loved it! read lucky then this!!!!!

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    good read

    Would you trade your cell phone to the devil for 7 people to think you're gorgeous? Most people would probably say yes. Especially Allison Avery, who has a brilliant older sister and a very lucky younger sister who are both beautiful, and she just feels out of place. And with her new best friend, her crush taking notice to her, and maybe even a modeling job, she has it all! Although, that comes along with all the family, friends, and cell phone drama. This book really makes you think, "Is it worth it?" To give up so much, just to be gorgeous? Everyone has a different opinion, but to find out Allison's, read Gorgeous by Rachel Vail.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    I know this person

    I loved Rachel Vail's book Lucky so much that I ordered Gorgeous as soon as it came out. It is even better. Every girl I know wants to be at least cute and being gorgeous seems like it would be a dream come true. Who wouldn't give up a cell phone to be gorgeous? Hello! Everyone I know. But after you read this book, you have to think twice. There's a price to pay. I think of Allison very every time I look in the mirror and wish I was better looking. Is the wish worth it? Read the book and see for yourself.

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