Gorgeous by Paul RudnickGorgeous by Paul Rudnick


byPaul Rudnick

Hardcover | April 30, 2013

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Screamingly funny and defiant - a must-read book for the summer!

This is a book for anyone who's ever faced herself in the mirror, wondered if a new lipstick could change her life, and either read Vogue or thrown it across the room.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle's mother dies, she's summoned from Missouri to meet Tom Kelly, the top designer in the world. He makes her an impossible offer: He'll create three dresses to transform Becky from an ordinary girl into theworld's most beautiful woman.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, but she accepts and is remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself - a mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is the darling of the fashion world, but when she meets meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. And the idea of a prince looking pastRebecca to fall in love with the ordinary girl inside? There's not enough magic in the world.

PAUL RUDNICK is a frequent contributer to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as an Obie Award-winning playwright, and the screenwriter for Sister Act, In & Out, and The Stepford Wives. This is his first young adult novel.
Title:GorgeousFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.55 × 5.74 × 1.45 inPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545464269

ISBN - 13:9780545464260

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I first read this a year or two ago, and I love it! I Love it! Love it ! Positive messages without being boring, the girl gets the guy, the prince. She gets the clothes, a great best friend.. but has to earn it. I love this book!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Powerful with a good message I found it took me longer to read and finish this one. The plot was sad and in a way unnerving. But only little bit.The plot was slow and boring at the start then it was really fast skipping months. Sometimes the plot was a little hard to follow but it had a good message. The character's were strong and powerful but I found their backgrounds were a little confusing. This book had a really good message and really connected you to the world. Throughout the world I kept thinking to myself; "Is this really how love and the world is?" Good message but a slow and kind of boring and hard to follow plot. But overall it wasn't bad.
Date published: 2013-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Unconventional Mordern Fairy Tale If I had to sum up Paul Rudnick's Gorgeous in one word, it would be "unconventional". It reads like a satirical fairy tale that completely twists the tropes of the genre. I didn't even try to question the unraveling of the events in the book; the more I thought about it, the more it didn't make any sense. Instead of trying to understand the inexplicable, I simply rolled with it and found everything more oddly entertaining and hilarious that way. After her mother suddenly dies of complications from diabetes, Becky calls a random phone number she finds written on a scrap piece of paper while looking through her mom's clothes to donate. To her surprise, she's offered cash and a plane ticket to New York, which she warily accepts with the intention of discovering why her mom would have the number. When she arrives in New York, another surprise awaits her there though — the reclusive and very rich fashion designer Tom Kelly. It turns out Tom Kelly once knew her mother, and now he has a once in a lifetime offer for Becky: if she follows all his instructions and wears three dresses he specially makes for her, she will become the most beautiful woman who ever lived. All too soon, the world is enamoured with supermodel and newcomer actress Rebecca Randle, but all Becky sees in the mirror is her old self. She's having a crisis of identity, not really she sure she even knows who she is anymore, but time is running out for her to decide if being loved for herself is more important than appearances. For, you see, there was a hitch to Tom Kelly's proposal. Becky must marry within the year, and hopefully it will be to Prince Gregory, or she'll lose everything she's gained as Rebecca and return to her trailer park life. As a protagonist, Becky is not the most remarkable or memorable. There was nothing about her personality that really stood out to me, but maybe that was the point? Just like Tom Kelly is not a standard fairy godmother and Prince Gregory, while kind-hearted, isn't necessarily a heroic prince, Becky also doesn't follow your expectations of a heroine in a fairy tale. The explanations and reasoning are kind of weak in Gorgeous, but like I mentioned earlier, I think it's the type of novel that if you question it too much, all the fun and fast-pacing is ruined. It's meant to be silly and make you laugh. With a touch of magic and a stunning red dress, Becky Randle becomes a modern-day Cinderella in Paul Rudnick's Gorgeous! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/07/gorgeous-by-paul-rudnick.html
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly unique premise with great message The Good Stuff • Fabulous and not preachy messages about inner beauty, friendship, love • Plenty of laugh your butt off moments (which was a tad embarrassing as I read much of it on the flight to Toronto from Calgary) • Great friendship between Becky & Rocher – very realistic • Never really wanted to marry a prince (I am more of a court jester kinda girl) but would change my mind for Prince Gregory • Reminded me a little at times of Meg Cabot’s mixed with Helen Fielding The Not So Good Stuff • Story jumps around a little – not horribly, but just an fyi • Sometimes the message of the story took over and the characters didn’t feel as real (again no big deal because the message is a fabulous one) Favourite Quotes/Passages “I sometimes wish that just like me, nobody had a face, just so we could all stop wasting so much time worrying about what we look like, and what other people look like, and how we measure up.” “Mirrors are more dangerous than guns or cars or crystal meth, because they’re cheap, readily available and everyone’s addicted.” “I decided that maybe everyone has at least a touch of dysmorphia; maybe it’s impossible for anyone to ever truly know what they look like.” Who Should/Shouldn’t Read • Any female over the age of 12 (Some strong language and sexuality) 4.25 Dewey’s I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2013-06-05

Read from the Book

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.""What?""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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Gorgeous"I loved Paul Rudnick's Gorgeous, which I found impossible to put down. When I wasn't laughing out loud (which was often), I was wiping away a tiny tear." -Meg Cabot, author of Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls and The Princess Diaries"Gleefully wacky and irreverent . . . a wicked good time, with moments both outlandish and touching." &mdashThe New York Times Book Review*"With writing that's hilarious, profane, and profound (often within a single sentence), Rudnick casts a knowing eye on our obsession with fame, brand names, and royalty to create a feel-good story about getting what you want without letting beauty blind you to what's real." -Publishers Weekly"Acute, wickedly funny observations on appearance and identity punctuate this sprawling, caustic fairy tale that cheerfully skewers the fashion and film worlds and their celebrity-culture spawn." -Kirkus