It isn’t often that I just really dislike a book, but this one worked all of my nerves. I picked it up because it sounded like it could be a thoughtful and touching book, but this was a hundred and fifty pages of soap opera. My advice is not to waste your time. If you like the premise, try North of Beautiful by Justina Chen instead.
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 American lawn worker who will set her on a path that will change everything. While the idea behind this story was appealing, the problem was the execution. The book was paced too quickly to realistically develop a meaningful relationship between Melanie and Sam, or any relationship, really. There were some seriously crazy elements surrounding the climax of the story. Seriously crazy. Melanie was a nice enough character and I was sympathetic to many of her decisions, but she was stupidly impulsive. Sam was a little too one dimensional, which isn’t really a problem, but giving him such an interesting heritage and then doing little with it was a lost opportunity. Overall, I though the prose read professionally and flowed well, but t he story just didn’t work. I think I would have really enjoyed the book if the timeline had been decompressed enough that the events happened in a more natural and believable way.
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.