Monday, July 13, 2015

Beautiful Girl
by Fleur Philips

Publisher: Spark Press
Pages: 150
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to casting calls and auditions since she was four years old. According to Joanne Kennicut, Melanie was born to follow in her footsteps. But Melanie never wanted this life. When a freak car accident leaves her with facial lacerations that will require plastic surgery, she can't help but wonder if this is the answer to her prayers. For the first time in her life, she has a chance to live like a normal teenagerat least for a little whileaway from the photo shoots and movie sets that have dominated her entire existence. But after Melanie allows her best friend to come to the house to see her, Joanne decides to hide her daughter in Montana for the remainder of the summer. There, Melanie won't be seen by anyone they know, and her face will heal in time for the scheduled surgery in late August. Joanne’s plan backfires, however, when Melanie meets Sam, a Native American boy hired by the home's owner to tend to the property. Sam is nothing like the Hollywood boys Melanie knowshe¹s poor, his father's a drunk who possesses a bizarre gift inherited from a Kootenai Shaman, and his only brother disappeared into the mountains after the death of their mother eight years before. What transpires over a mere 36 hours after Sam and Melanie meet changes both of their lives in ways they never thought possible. 


Kritters Thoughts:  Melanie Kennicut has been going to auditions and landing roles for a very long time.  At this point she isn't sure whether her mom loves this more than she does and if she wants to do this job much longer.  A twist of fate and/or car accident disfigure her and her mom decides to take her out of Hollywood to heal before she can have surgery to fix her injuries.

I hear many readers talk about instalove, but I hadn't really read a book with it, but this one does.  Melanie goes on one date and her and a boy are "madly" in love after.  It felt WAY too quick for me and I wish they had a few more moments before they were professing their love to each other.

There was also a LOT of drama in this book.  I felt as though it was a little much in such a short book, I actually would have loved a few more pages - in the beginning, middle and end.  I think the author could have put in more scenes and stretched out the drama a little more.  

I have enjoyed books from this author, so even though this wasn't one of my favorites, I will still read her new books to come.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booksparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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