Beauty

Beauty

by Nancy Butcher
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Beauty by Nancy Butcher

Beauty to die for...

Queen Veda of Ran does not believe in growing old gracefully. In fact she will shun anything that makes her look or feel less than the fairest in the land including her daughter, Ana.

Luckily Ana has both beauty and intelligence. She realizes the way to remain close to her beloved mother is to make herself ugly. Ana does everything she can to maintain her new disheveled appearance: She doesn't bathe for days, doesn't wash or brush her hair, and bites her nails down to the quick. Her plan works. She has finally won her mother's love.

Then Ana realizes all the lovely young girls of Ran are being sent to the prestigious Academy for Girls, including Ana's best friend, Pell. When Ana's told she must go too, she resists. She doesn't want to leave her loving mother. But Ana has no choice. She goes and once there learns how potent a drug beauty can be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689862359
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Beauty 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ana wants to be ugly. She has worked very hard at it, ever since she was twelve years old. Ever since the day a man complimented her on her beauty and she saw the look of hatred, jealousy, and anger in her mother's eyes. Now she doesn't bathe, doesn't trim her toenails, doesn't brush her hair, and eats nothing but pastries, bread, and moldy cheeses. Her nutrition has left her body pudgy and her face blemished. She is happy because she seems to have her mother's favor; however, staying ugly takes a lot of effort.

Queen Veda, Ana's mother, is a calculating ruler. Vanity is her main focus and she is never without her strange Beauty Consultant. He is a creepy little man that is always lurking around. His eyes turn red whenever he approves of the way the Queen looks. He mixes beauty potions and creates creams out of ingredients like spiders and leaves for the Queen to use to maintain her beautiful appearance. It is Queen Veda's jealousy that leads her to devise her most diabolical plan ever.

The Queen creates a new Academy for the best and brightest girls of the land. About fifty girls receive personal invitations to attend this prestigious academy and Pell, Ana's best friend, is one of them. Ana is heartbroken, thinking that she will lose her best friend forever. But on the advice of the Beauty Consultant, Queen Veda sends Ana to the Academy, too. Pell and Ana are thrilled to be attending a school that will provide rigorous academics, while at the same time being roommates. However, a sinister plot awaits all the girls that attend the Academy.

BEAUTY is a fast-paced fairy tale that pulls at your heartstrings. The reader will cheer for Ana when she finally realizes the truth about her mother. The sinister plan could have been more sinister and the ending a little more complex, but overall this is a fascinating story, definitely one for fans of queens, princesses, and fairy tales.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really outstanding! I love how Ana is soo determined to make her mother, Queen Veda, love her. What I don't get though is that why would someone's mother not love them because they are more beautiful than her. That's just abnormal, but over all this book is a great read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!! Someone recommended it to me, so I decided to give it a try, and now im rereading it again,and again! I love how Ana will do anything to get her mothers love, even if it means making herself, fat, and ugly. Don't really like the ending though, should have made a second book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ana wants to be ugly. She has worked very hard at it, ever since she was twelve years old. Ever since the day a man complimented her on her beauty and she saw the look of hatred, jealousy, and anger in her mother's eyes. Now she doesn't bathe, doesn't trim her toenails, doesn't brush her hair, and eats nothing but pastries, bread, and moldy cheeses. Her nutrition has left her body pudgy and her face blemished. She is happy because she seems to have her mother's favor however, staying ugly takes a lot of effort. Queen Veda, Ana's mother, is a calculating ruler. Vanity is her main focus and she is never without her strange Beauty Consultant. He is a creepy little man that is always lurking around. His eyes turn red whenever he approves of the way the Queen looks. He mixes beauty potions and creates creams out of ingredients like spiders and leaves for the Queen to use to maintain her beautiful appearance. It is Queen Veda's jealousy that leads her to devise her most diabolical plan ever. The Queen creates a new Academy for the best and brightest girls of the land. About fifty girls receive personal invitations to attend this prestigious academy and Pell, Ana's best friend, is one of them. Ana is heartbroken, thinking that she will lose her best friend forever. But on the advice of the Beauty Consultant, Queen Veda sends Ana to the Academy, too. Pell and Ana are thrilled to be attending a school that will provide rigorous academics, while at the same time being roommates. However, a sinister plot awaits all the girls that attend the Academy. BEAUTY is a fast-paced fairy tale that pulls at your heartstrings. The reader will cheer for Ana when she finally realizes the truth about her mother. The sinister plan could have been more sinister and the ending a little more complex, but overall this is a fascinating story, definitely one for fans of queens, princesses, and fairy tales. **Reviewed by: Karin Perry
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It had a bad ending, but it had a lot of twists and turns in it. I loved reading the book and had a great time enjoying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this would be a great book when I read the back cover, but it really wasn't. All of the characters were under-developed. The plot would have been good but the book was just too short and the ending leaves you feeling unsatisfied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was really good... i liked it. Bad ending though
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book disappointing. The storyline had the potential to be a truly great book, however, it was underdeveloped. This book could have given deep insight into human nature and the desire for beauty, but the plot's lacking in depth didn't allow for this. The story line was never fully developed and the story never seemed to truly progress. The characters were not well-rounded. The author gave each character one trait and left it at that. The characters didn't have true personalities, only one characteristic that the author focused on for each of them. That was all we saw of the characters, only one side of them. The queen's trait was her desire for beauty, while Ana's was her desire for her mother's love. If you really want to read this book, i would suggest borrowing it from a friend or hte library, it isn't worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a problem with this book. While the plot idea was interesting and meaningful, it certainly wasn't written in a way that would project this to the reader. An intricate plot like this required more than the 176 pages worth of material. Nancy Butcher is a good writer, but possibly not for this plot idea. The story went very quickly, skipping back and forth between scenes too quickly and abruptly, leaving the reader with too many questions when the book suddenly drops off and ends. With possibly a bit more effort (and pages) this story could have been more meaningful than it was, and exude more interest for the reader. Too many times throughout this two hour long read, I questioned things that happened and went completely unexplained. There also seemed to be two plot lines going at one point. We never got the full picture of why Ana did to herself what she did to get her mothers approval, or to any extent, how she felt about it. We got fleeting glimpses of emotion, but no pure hatred or pure emotional responses. I only gave this book the extra half star because I thought that the original idea of the story was interesting and tangible, but it was pulled off quite revoltingly. I recommend this book only to those who want a light and quick read (took me two hours), who like medieval princess/queen stories or who don't want to think too hard about the storyline.