Beautiful Girl

Beautiful Girl 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 fo

  • Title: Beautiful Girl
  • Author: Fleur Philips
  • ISBN: 9781940716473
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 lSeventeen 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 teenager at least for a little while away 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 knows he s 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.

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    About “Fleur Philips

    • Fleur Philips

      Fleur Philips is an award winning author who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana Her first novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a General Fiction Finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews Her second novel, Crumble, was named Young Adult Winner from the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and was selected as a Young Adult Fiction Finalist by the 2013 International Book Awards Additionally, Crumble is a Silver Medalist in the 2013 Moonbeam Children s Book Awards in the category of Young Adult, Mature Issues Most recently, it was named a YA Fiction Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards from USA Book News Her most recent novel, Beautiful Girl, was a YA Fiction Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards from USA Book News Fleur lives in The Woodlands, Texas Connect with Fleur at fleurphilips.

    908 thoughts on “Beautiful Girl

    • There are very few books that make me mad while reading it. This one did. And I wasn't mad because of what happened to the character. I was mad because I wasted my time reading this book. There are also VERY FEW books where I can't think of anything positive to say. This is one of those books. Here were my issues:1. Zero character development - I didn't care about the character at all.2. Plot - The synopsis indicates this was about a girl trying to learn that beauty comes from within. Where did [...]

    • I read this book but to be honest I can not really remember too many details about it. This is because I felt no connection what so ever to the characters in the book and I found the storyline not that interesting. Even with the car crash I could not warm up to Melanie. Yes, she did turn more human after the accident but I did not feel the warmth about her. Plus her and Sam's romance to me felt too rushed. For example Melanie had no experience with boys yet she meets Sam and right away is willin [...]

    • 2 Stars More reviews on No Bent SpinesPart of BookSpark Summer Challenge // This did not effect my review in any wayREVIEW Melanie is beautiful. After an accident, scars coat her face like trees in a forest. There isn’t a place where they aren’t. Her mother controls her life, and is horrified by Melanie’s appearance. Because of this she has her husband book a trip to the middle of nowhere. In the middle of nowhere, Melanie meets a person who doesn’t see her for her face---beautiful or no [...]

    • Originally posted on Drunk On PopActual rating: 2.5 starsI am really disappointed with Beautiful Girl. I could tell that Fleur Philips is a wonderful writer, but I feel like this book was not her best work. Perhaps it was because it was so short – less than 200 pages. Or perhaps it was done on purpose. Regardless, this book takes a lot of very serious issues (kidnapping, alcoholism, death via murder/suicide, etc.) and handles it all a bit…. casually. It was like this really great story was j [...]

    • THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MIAINNARNIATHIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME BY THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW, THANKYOU! THIS DOESN'T EFFECT MY OPINION IN ANY WAY2/5 starsWhen I read the synopsis for Beautiful Girl I thought it was going to be some coming of age contemporary story about a girl who has to realize that being beautiful isn't the most important thing in the world. Something sweet, with a good message and possibly some insight into the life of a young actress. I can' [...]

    • I received a copy of this book from the Summer Reading Challenge for Stephanie's Book Reports.I was so excited after reading the synopsis for Beautiful Girl. Then even more so when I found out it was written for grade 9 and up. I've got a thirteen year old daughter who if she came home and said Mom I read the best book ever I swear I'd cry. Big ole tears of joy because she hates to read. Granted she is going into the eight grade and not ninth but I had some major hope that I'd found a book that [...]

    • My Review: Beautiful Girl had a good premise -- seeing a spoiled and beautiful teenage girl go through the process of self-discovery and self-identity. I love books that empower teen girls and this book had the makings of one that could highlight the process of coming into one's inner strength. The downfall of this book is the pace. Whoa Nelly! Usually I like a fast paced book but this book was so rushed that not enough time was given to delve deeper into some of the issues (which could have had [...]

    • I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Melanie's beauty is a commodity that her mother trades in the world of acting and modeling. When Melanie's face is badly scarred in a car accident, she thinks it might be her chance to be normal, but her mom is determined to get her back on the market and insists she hide out until she can have the plastic surgery that will restore her beauty. But hiding out gives Melanie the opportunity to meet Sam, the Native [...]

    • The premise of Beautiful Girl peaked my interest and I was really looking forward to the story that it hinted at, a girl learning about inner beauty and gaining personal strength from it, but unfortunately it fell short of the mark for me.Melanie, the main character and narrator of the story, felt very one dimensional to me and I just couldn’t connect with her. The situation she was in sucked, I can’t deny that, but I just couldn’t find a spark in her that made her all that interesting as [...]

    • Having read some of the less flattering reviews for 'Beautiful Girl' by Fleur Philips, I approached this book with great interest and a few pre-conceived ideas - and I actually enjoyed it very much. Melanie's life is controlled by her mother Joanne; she models, she acts, she auditions in the midst of celebrity central, Los Angeles in USA. Melanie's life is insular, shallow and false - and she knows it and I as the reader, certainly felt it. When a car accident causes long term scarring to her fa [...]

    • When I read the synopsis of Beautiful Girl I thought it sounded so, so interesting. I was curious what event transpired that would change both Melanie and Sam's lives, but I'm getting ahead of myself. The novel starts, quite abruptly, with Melanie and a friend out and about in LA, when Melanie leaves (because her friend is a jerk) and ends up in a car wreck which leaves her with facial scars. Surgery is planned for later that summer, but until that happens, Melanie's Momager Mom wants her out of [...]

    • From Lilac Wolf and Stuff**I was sent an electronic copy in exchange for an honest review**Melanie is 17 years old, but has already lived a full career in the modeling/acting world of Los Angeles. Her mother has been dragging her to auditions and jobs since she was 4 years old. Her mother had her own aspirations, until she became a single mother. She passed, or forced, those dreams onto her daughter. Melanie doesn't have the guts to stand up to her mother, but she hates it. She hates the fake fr [...]

    • Thank you to BookSparks and the Summer Reading Challenge for the opportunity to read and review this book.I ended up reading this book in a day while I was relaxing on the beach, but don't let the pace of my reading lead you to believe I devoured this book because I couldn't get enough.The synopsis led me to believe that Beautiful Girl would be a "find the beauty from within" type of book. It started off that way. However, once Melanie, the beautiful teenager disfigured by a horrific car acciden [...]

    • Originally posted here: thereadingwonderland.My first impression on finishing this book was "wow, that was over quickly" and with this book that's not necessarily a good thing. I felt like a lot of things were crammed into a relatively short book (depending on reading speed and spare time of course) and it was all a bit overwhelming - in a bad way. While I like fast paced books, this was too fast, so much so that I'm left not quite knowing what went on.I would have liked to have seen more charac [...]

    • I should have listened to myself when I was 39 pages in and wanted to stop. But no, I only had 140 pages to go, and damn it, it had to be better than sitting bored in the ER waiting room. I should have just fallen asleep in the waiting room. Holy crap. This really wasn't my thing. I couldn't connect with Melanie who was only concerned about her face, and fell into insta-love and warm tinglies with a boy she met only twice. Not only that she ran away from him. Throw in a mother who is emotionally [...]

    • I was disappointed by this book. I expected a story of a young girl who learned that beauty comes from within, but I didn't find that at all. Melanie started out as a spoiled little rich girl. After a car accident, she is TEMPORARILY disfigured, and her mother sends off to Montana to be hidden from the world. In Montana, she meets Sam, and after two conversations with this total stranger, she is head over heels in love with him--and the previously "life-altering" injury was seemingly forgotten. [...]

    • This book is heart breaking and life mending for the main character, Melanie. It's a quick read; I needed to turn the pages to find out what was going to happen in Melanie's future.Ms. Phillips writes with an ease of words not often found. Her main characters have their flaws exposed and she gives plenty of exposure to her secondary characters. There is some violence and sex in this book. I am letting my fourteen year old twin daughters read it, but they have a very mature reading level. One of [...]

    • check out the full review at Kritters RamblingsMelanie 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 o [...]

    • Melanie Kennicut is a beautiful actress and a model. Her family and her life revolves around her career. Pushed by her eager mother into modeling, Melanie questions her choices and wishes for more. And then the accident happens. This is a story most YA readers can identify with. It is the story of searching for identity, the story of knowing that who you are is not what others see, and the story of family relationships and how twisted they can be. I found the novel to be extremely fast-paced. So [...]

    • I received an ARC from Bookspark for an honest review. This YA book about a 15 year old model/actress horribly disfigured in a car accident. Her controlling mother/manager takes her to Montana until plastic surgery can be performed and then for reintroduction to her career. The child stumbles upon an old man who seems to look past her wounds and see the real person. After meeting this 20 year old American Indian twice she runs off with him to get away from her abusive mother. The mother seems to [...]

    • I actually liked this book and the surprise ending. It's about a girl trying to find out who she is. I think readers will be able to identify with her because we are all searching for our place in this world.

    • This book started out great but then seemed too predictable. I did like the message it sends that beauty comes from within and not from what we look like on the outside.I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

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