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Publisher's Note:

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. B…

Beautiful

by Cindy Martinusen Coloma

Overall Book Review:

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!

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


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)

Alcohol / Drug Use:

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

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
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10
Violence/Gore
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Sex/Nudity
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10

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About the Reviewer

I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.