Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review of Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

Absolutely a Fantastical Read

Gorgeous is a fantastical coming of age romance about a small town high school graduate, working as a cashier in a dead end job and the man she is destined to marry. 

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley and Scholastic Press. Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read his book.

O.k., I do NOT want to give anything away. The story line is imaginative; it is outlandish and fantastical, it's a smidgen of What's Eating Gilbert Grape? with a bit Wizard of Oz that somehow meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory only Willy Wonka is Tommy Hilfiger and the factory instead of wonderful sweet creations being made, are out-of-this-world-fashions made for one person alone. The writing is quite descriptive and engaging; a bit unrestrained but over the top in a good way. The characters are funny and heartfelt; I was really pulling for "Becky" in this book. I laughed throughout the book and even teared up a few times because I remembered what it was like growing up feeling like a nobody. There is a lot of cussing, references to drinking, drugs, and a sex scene but not descriptive. I absolutely love the cover. An absolutely fantastical read. 

P.S. I have to apologize to NetGalley for taking so long, I lost all my books to my malfunctioning Kindle and had to backtrack luckily this book was still available to read. 

3.5 Stars out of 5 Stars


  1. This one sounds super interesting. You've got my attention. :) Gilbert Grape and Oz?? LOL.

  2. The book is outlandish but in an interesting way :)