SUCH A PRETTY FACE by Ann Angel

SUCH A PRETTY FACE

Short Stories about Beauty
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Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Combining contributions from established veterans and newcomers, this appealing anthology, with its baker’s dozen of stories about beauty—a topic often on the minds of youth—offers a broad perspective. While some of the tales have thematic and plot similarities (there’s a couple, for instance, in which girls use their looks to separate from their mothers), it boasts depth and range. Tim Wynne Jones’s literary narrative about a physically small yet brilliant teen’s heart-wrenching encounter with a suicidal beauty is a standout. Chris Lynch presents another gem that features a confident blend of humor and pathos as a boy flirts with the unseen nurse who cares for him after he breaks his back. There’s a striking juxtaposition between Lauren Myracle’s hilarious tall tale about a homecoming queen’s chin hair that grows to Rapunzel-like proportions, and Louise Hawes’s raw, tender chronicle about a 12-year-old who views a forbidden freak show in the 1950s. Authors’ biographies and discussion questions are appended. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8109-1607-4
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2007




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