The Look

The Look

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by Sophia Bennett

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Can she be a supermodel and a super-sister? She finds her answer in just one look.

Two sisters, both beautiful in different ways: Fifteen-year-old Ted has got "The Look." That's what the scout for the modeling agency tells her, and she can't believe her luck. But just as Ted's jet-setting off on her new career, Ava is diagnosed with cancer. Can Ted be a


Can she be a supermodel and a super-sister? She finds her answer in just one look.

Two sisters, both beautiful in different ways: Fifteen-year-old Ted has got "The Look." That's what the scout for the modeling agency tells her, and she can't believe her luck. But just as Ted's jet-setting off on her new career, Ava is diagnosed with cancer. Can Ted be a supermodel and a super-sister? Or will she have to choose between family and fame? With their worlds turned upside down, the girls have to look past appearances, look deep inside, to figure out what really matters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bennett follows Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings with another novel set at the center of London's fashion world. Sisters Ava, 17, and Ted, 15, are opposites: Ava is a confident Elizabeth Taylor lookalike, while lanky, introspective Ted feels uncertain in her own skin. Their lives change drastically when Ava begins brutal treatments for lymphoma and Ted is recruited by a scout for Model City. With Ava's fervent encouragement—and in hopes of making back some of the money the family lost when the girls' father became unemployed—Ted reluctantly becomes a model. When she shaves her head to support Ava, it's viewed as a fashion statement, and her career skyrockets. Bennett insightfully conveys Ted's ambivalence about modeling, while creating an honest portrayal of the business. Ava's story line, as she becomes distant from her boyfriend and endures chemotherapy, is less substantive, but the novel's core is in the solid bond between the siblings and the ways each girl takes a piece of the other with her as she navigates new and frightening territory. Ages 12�up. (Mar.)
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Praise for THE LOOK

"A perfect narrative voice. The plot has you laughing one moment and crying the next. Bennett writes about what really matters to teens with zest, warmth, and sympathy." -- THE LONDON TIMES

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Ted's sister has always been the "beautiful one" while Ted has been too tall and awkward. Then Ted catches the eye of a photographer one day while she and Ava are out in the city. Ted's sister encourages her to take a chance and see what the photographer saw in her that she has never seen in herself. This coming-of-age story is rich in emotion and attention to detail. Ted is uncertain about her role as a model, but with her sister's encouragement, she becomes more successful than she thought possible. As Ted learns about the modeling business, she learns about herself as well and realizes what is important in her life. The decisions that Ted makes are not easy but the experiences that result lead her to open her eyes to the world and her place in it. Bennett presents a compelling cast of characters and guides the reader through their confusing lives with amazing attention to detail and a great deal of compassion. This text will appeal to most teenage girls. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
Kirkus Reviews
Two sisters face vastly different futures--one as the world's next top supermodel, the other as a lymphoma patient. Ted (short for Edwina), 15, feels awkward and plain next to stylish Ava, 17, with her gorgeous looks and hot surfer boyfriend. Each resents having to share a bedroom in the cramped apartment the family now occupies, thanks to their father's job loss. Everyone's surprised when Ted, not Ava, draws attention from a modeling scout. The same night, Ava's swollen glands draw her parents' attention. Soon, Ted's enjoying a major makeover and tons of attention, including from the intriguing artist son of a London modeling maven, while Ava struggles with chemo-induced nausea and hair loss. Ted narrates with humorous insight, though her incredulity that others find her attractive quickly palls. Ava's a more harmful stereotype: Cancer transforms her from bitch-in-training to selfless angel, though her touching determination to remain in control--both liability and asset--is skillfully portrayed. So too are Ted's evolving feelings about their relative fortunes and her view of the high-fashion world. Marketing-driven high concepts can shape stories into lifeless, literary topiary, but this one's less gimmicky than advertised. However, readers should know this is Ted's story; Ava's cancer is seen through her eyes. A good bet for readers with a taste for glam fashion and boldface names. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.86(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.16(d)
HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Sophia Bennett won first place in the second annual LONDON TIMES/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with her debut, SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS, a novel that combines her long-standing obsession with fashion with her keen desire to write for young readers. Sophia lives with her husband and children in cosmopolitan London, England. Follow her on Twitter @sophiabennett and visit her at

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The Look 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Ashley-at-Nook-of-Books More than 1 year ago
This was a heart warming and endearing read. It deals with topics that are heartbreaking and we get to see a family grow and deal with it together. However, even with the tough topic, I feel like we really just skimmed the surface of the characters with this one. I didn't really connected to them in the way that, as a reader, I want to. I don't think in 3 months from now this one will still come to mind because of that. Ted is our MC. She lives in the shadow of her beautiful sister. She is constantly teased at school and I got the feeling made to feel invisible in a sense. Well that is until a model scout sees her. Her story is more of a self discovery. She learns to be comfortable in her skin, decide if modeling is something she wants to do, and how to be there for her sister in her time of need. This was no where close to being a bad. I just felt like it was lacking the sort of depth. I kept waiting for it, but I never got it. It is an interesting story and I enjoyed the ride we take with the story. In the end though, I just need more from every aspect of this novel.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This book is NOT what I was prepared for. I expected a light, fluffy, humorous story about a girl stumbling into becoming a model. And for the first few pages, that's exactly what it is. But there is so much more to the story. Even though cancer is mentioned in the synopsis, I was not prepared for it when it showed up. As a result, I spent a couple of really late nights bawling my eyes out. The characters are wonderful. I love them all. Ted is such a sweetheart and she develops such a wonderful relationship with her sister, Ava. I love the journey that Ted goes on, how she finds herself, and how she refuses to compromise her standards. The book is well researched and it's obvious that the author has done her homework. I haven't read many cancer books, but modeling seems to be a very popular topic right now. Combining the two creates this amazing, tension filled world that Ted and her sister must learn to navigate. The sisterhood in this story is simply beautiful. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop wasting your time and read this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finish reading this book. love it!  it had some funny and sad moments, the sad because i relate to her sister, Ava, having same name and also going through something similar. This book give u like an inside look of what it is like to be a newbie in the fashion modeling world while balancing her school, friendship, classmates, love interest, family  and sister bonding. I def. recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apperance a fluffy russet she cat with blue eyes and a white hind paw.