Gorgeous – Rachel Vail Review

She’s looking good…but Allison Avery can’t believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, “interesting-looking” Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally get noticed. But there’s one tiny catch, and it’s not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone.

Though her deal with the devil seems like a good idea at the time, Allison soon realizes that being gorgeous isn’t as easy as it looks. Are her new friends and boyfriend for real, or do they just like her pretty face? Allison can’t trust anyone anymore, and her possessed phone and her family’s financial crisis aren’t making things any easier. Plus when she finds out that she might be America’s next teen model, all hell breaks loose. Allison may be losing control, but how far is she willing to go to stay gorgeous forever?

Allison Avery is the middle sister in a family with three girls. Over the years, she has been plagued by feelings of inadequacy since both of her sisters are pretty, blonde, and perfect. She has dark wavy hair and eyes that are too far apart and considers herself to be unattractive. However, when she sells her cell phone to the devil in exchange for seven people thinking she’s beautiful, it sets her on a path to find out what true beauty is.

I really enjoyed this book. This book seems perfect for young teenage girls who are always questioning their looks and their personalities. Allison is by no means perfect and she questions a lot, which I could relate to. I think this book will force teenage girls to see their positive traits as well as obsessing over their negative ones. I know it’s much easier to believe the negative things people see about you, but just like Allison comes to terms with accepting and appreciating the nice things people say about her, I think it’ll help younger readers realize that what matters is internal confidence and not superficial beauty. Once again, Rachel Vail managed to write a true teenage character.

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