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Her friends once thought she was perfect. Now she must face the mirror--and herself--to discover what true beauty is.

Ellie Summerfield has everything a girl could want--she's beautiful, she's Senior Class President, has a calendar full of social engagements, volunteer commitments, and church activities. In short, she's perfect, according to most of the students at West Redding High School. But something is bothering Ellie, like a loose string on a dress she can feel but can't see. Does she really love her boyfriend, Ryan? Who are her true friends? And is she really happy in her picture-perfect life?

Then in the course of a few minutes, the loose string in Ellie's life completely unravels. Forever changed, she must face herself as she discovers what it really means to be beautiful.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Thomas Nelson


by Cindy Martinusen Coloma

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When Ellie gets in a terrible car crash, the perfect life of the perfect girl is shattered. Her life suddenly becomes fragile and she quickly discovers who her real friends are and who truly loves her.


Beautiful is a book that causes you to reflect on how you might respond in a similar situation to Ellie's. It was interesting to see Ellie's reaction to the changes in her life and the struggles she dealt with--struggles she never anticipated experiencing. After becoming involved in the story, I loved that the final chapter fasts forward a bit into the future to show whether or not "they lived happily ever after". This book has religious undertones that make you think about your relationship with God and your trust in Him and His plan. While it is a bit religious, it will also appeal to non-religious audience as it is quite subtle and infrequent. This was an excellent read that deserves 4.5 stars!

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: ***


Violence/Gore: Few (4) brief incidents including little girl getting slapped; mention of town notorious for fights; a character dies; a car accident.


Sex/Nudity: Many (24) brief incidents including kissing; holding hands; sexual innuendo; talking about having sex; mention of infidelity on a television show; reported sexual activity. 

Mature Subject Matter:  

Divorce, rebellious behavior (teenager)

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Joking about drinking and doing drugs; teenagers drinking, smoking and doing drugs; adult smoking cigar. 

Reviewed By Jenny
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