Broken Image

Broken Image

by Rene D. Schultz


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Women are constantly pressured with the overwhelming message that achieving 'perfect beauty' is mandatory to be accepted and successful.

Mercedes survived a childhood with a hateful and mentally ill mother who constantly called her an 'ugly duckling.' Now, at twenty-nine, she's a brilliant financial icon in Beverly Hills. She knew she was not beautiful, or stunning, or even close to either. She was plain, simple, and ordinary. Take this journey with Mercedes and her four friends, who live in a city that judges a woman solely by her outside, and not her inside. Will the pressure to obtain beauty become her downfall? Will Mercedes be forced to face decisions that would change her life forever? Or will reality raise its ugly head and teach her the biggest lesson of her life? 'Beauty is only skin deep!'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692233856
Publisher: Rene D. Schultz
Publication date: 06/21/2014
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

I'm divorced and I live in a small community just north of Los Angeles where I raised my two sons. I love to garden, try new recipes, take lots of pictures, and occasionally I enjoy a glass of wine with dear friends. I've never jumped out of a plane, climbed Mt. Everest, or seen the Northern Lights of Alaska. But, I have danced in the rain, sent a message in a bottle, and I've rode my motorcycle down The Pacific Coast Highway on sunny California days!

My passion of writing has lead me on the most amazing journey. Now, my focus is on 'reality' fiction. I thrive on developing solid storylines with strong characters that showcase today's contemporary lifestyles. Rags to riches, Robin Hood, and surviving the odds, seems to be my one common denominator that showcases my fascinating and diverse characters.

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BROKEN IMAGE 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
The author has done it again. I received the book from the author for an honest review.  Where to begin, this book just holds your attention from the beginning. This is such a in-depth look into the world of cosmetic surgery, the constant competition with the media, Hollywood and friends. This is such a serious topic, and although many do talk about the negative side of it, it still has a major effect on women. Especially the younger generations that wants it now. I just love the comparison the author makes throughout the book; old generation versus the new generation. How comfortable we are with what we have received (not to say that one would not love to change it though, :))but just accept it and go on. The new generation doesn't and place unnecessary high standards on themselves just to fit in or look better.  Mercedes, the main character in this book, not only suffers under the scrutiny of her friends but has to deal with the effects of verbal abuse as a young child. Easily persuaded, she undergone a few minor changes but it left her startled, depressed and utterly alone.  Her constant struggles to adapt to this new life was hard was heart wrenching, and for the first time she really had to look deeper into herself, at her own motives, taking in perspective her choices and the life she was leading as a stockbroker.  Once again the actions of a mother's tongue can been seen within Mercedes character. So bewildered and deprived of any human contact that she couldn't see the obvious right in front of her. At twenty nine she was bone tired from everything and trying to fit in became like a life line, but when she is confronted by one selfish friend her view of her life changes.  Although she had this beautiful outer shell, her emotional struggles outweighed even that and we are drawn into it as she tries to find closure in her own life. Of all her friends I loved Emme the best. She really understood Mercedes hardships, her mind set and her view of life in general, and could really support her step by step.  Overall a touching story of a very real problem younger women face today. Ms. Schultz has done a wonderful work in highlighting this throughout the plot.
xrayer0 More than 1 year ago
This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review This book centers around Mercedes who suffers from low self esteem that stems from her childhood and relationship with her mother. All of her friends conform to society's definition of beauty by getting anything from botox to plastic surgery. Their way of helping Mercedes gain self esteem was to encourage her to get some enhancements to her body and image. As the story progresses Mercedes gives into them and gets some work done. As the work progresses she then has to deal with attention from men and this leaves her confused. I wanted to scream at Mercedes not to listen the her friends peer pressure and love herself for who she really was. When she is confused and doesn't know how to accept the attention you can feel her pain. Mercedes deals with a lot of sadness on dealing with who she has become. This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review It was very interesting to see how the author described places and things in detail getting you to see the beauty in it. This book will makes you want to shake the characters, cry, smile, and think what are you doing at times but it does portray a reality in that society is focused on beauty. In the end it makes you realize that you need to believe in yourself and be true to who you are. It made me sad throughout the whole book that Mercedes gave in and conformed to what she thought was acceptable to her friends. However the ending was a huge surprise. It was not a cliffhanger. If you want an emotional read that makes you think about the everyday struggle to fit in then read this book. Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official