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GORGEOUS by Rachel Vail

GORGEOUS

By Rachel Vail

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: June 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-089046-9
Publisher: HarperTeen

With two popular and beautiful sisters, Allison Avery feels like she’ll never measure up. She’d confide in her best friend, Jade, except that Jade is hypercritical of Allison’s appearance. Jade is also interested in Ty, the boy Allison’s been crushing on forever. When the devil appears in Allison’s room one night, she trades her cell (not her soul) for the chance that seven people will think she’s gorgeous. The deal seems to be legit; Ty now seems to notice Allison exists, and her cell phone has taken on a life of its own. As the end of Allison’s ninth-grade year approaches, friendships in flux and her chance to win a modeling contest show her that there’s more to being gorgeous than outward appearances. Allison is sarcastic and often moody, but she also cares deeply for her friends, traits readers will recognize. Vail shows a clear understanding of the everyday turmoil faced by today’s teens and handles them with wit and obvious affection. If they haven’t already read its predecessor, Lucky (2008), teens will want to after finishing this one. (Fiction. YA)