by Paul Rudnick


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A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past catwalks, red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, GORGEOUS is now in paperback!

Eighteen-year-old Becky Randle is an ordinary girl who receives an impossible offer. She meets Tom Kelly, the world's top designer, and he promises to create three dresses to transform her from a nothing-special girl into the Most Beautiful Woman Who Ever Lived.Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he's producing a hidden camera show called World's Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she's remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself -- an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness.Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue and the new Hollywood darling. Then she meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And for that, there's not enough magic in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545464277
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,101,196
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Paul Rudnick is a frequent contributer to the NEW YORKER and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, as well as an Obie Award-winning playwright, and the screenwriter for ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES and IN & OUT. This is his first young adult novel.

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From Gorgeous:

"So here's my offer," he said, sitting up straight, as if he was about to conduct serious business. "I will make you three dresses: one red, one white and one black. And if you wear these dresses, and if you do everything I say, then you will become the most beautiful woman on earth. You will become, in fact, the most beautiful woman who has ever lived."


"You heard me."

At first I couldn't even process this proposal, I couldn't begin to wrap my brain around what he'd just said. He was a rich and successful man and, in his way, a major force. He'd known my mother. But aside from all that, I didn't know what the hell he was talking about.

Or maybe I did know, maybe I'd understood him perfectly, and maybe that's why I felt like I was choking and drowning and like I had to get out of there, I had to run, even if it meant bashing myself against the marble walls and scratching to find the elevator or a hidden emergency exit and a staircase.

"I'm leaving," I said, standing. But once I was up, I couldn't move. I couldn't leave. And he knew it.

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