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Author: Chambers, Veronica
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Annotation: Beatrice Wilson is our lovable Cinderella, who just got dumped by her very first boyfriend and put on twenty-five pounds. But then she’s discovered as a plus model. In the eyes of pop culture, Bee is Jessica Alba and then some! Now she must vanquish skinny rivals, fend off sleazy photogs, and banish jealous frenemies in her rise to superstardom. All the while, she’s torn between her first love and the surprisingly sincere up-and-coming rapper she tutors in calculus. But what’s better than finding your prince charming? Finally learning to love yourself!
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Models (Persons); Fiction.
- Overweight persons; Fiction.
- Fame; Fiction.
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|LC Subject: |
- New York (N.Y.)
|BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship|
|Target Age Group: 12|
|Target Grade: 07|
|Grade level: 07|
|Category: High School|
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.|
"aThis is the unbelievable story of how I went to college, gained twenty-five pounds, got dumped by my boyfriend, failed physics and became a worldfamous supermodel.a"
So begins the Cinderella story of Beatrice Wilson, whose life changes overnight when sheas discovered by a scout for the oldest, most prestigious modeling agency in Americaafor their plus-sized division.
Now she must find the confidence to vanquish skinny rivals, fend off sleazy photographers, and banish scheming frenemies in her rise to superstardom, all while trying to get her ex-boyfriend back. But Bea learns that to win prince charming, you first have to find a way to love yourself.
Contributor Bio(s): ronica Chambers is the author of The Joy of Doing Things Badly: A Girls' Guide to Love, Life and Foolish Bravery and Mama's Girl, an American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. She has written and edited for Glamour, Vogue and O, the Oprah Magazine. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and her daughter.
|Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 June)
Gr 7 Upâ€”Bee Wilson graduated high school a year early and attends Columbia University as a premed student. After her fashionably socially conscious boyfriend, Brian, dumps her, the teen drowns her sorrows in muffins, fancy New York brunches, and take-out Chinese. With an extra 25 pounds on a once-size-12 body, Bee is "discovered" and asked to audition for a Prada fashion campaign. Before she knows it, she rockets to the A-list as a "supe" (supermodel). Bee attempts to retain her status on the dean's list, craves the chance to get Brian back, and faces down a catty competitor. Still, at only 17, she has trouble balancing her relationship with her best friend, a potential romance with an up-and-coming rapper, and her reputation with fans. Plus offers fluff with heart, as Bee is something of a brainiac Cinderella who is taken by surprise that her looks can get her places that her smarts can't. Readers have little opportunity to get to know her before she is catapulted to fame but it is clear that she matures throughout the novel. While she must stare down critics of her weight, it is not the main focus of the story, which is a relief. The book has the same tone as Mary Hogan's Pretty Face (HarperTeen, 2008), as the protagonist loves herself and wants to be healthy. Contemporary music and fashion-label references will date this title, but it is still a first purchase.â€”Sarah Krygier, Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA[Page 118]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.