Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could instantly be the most beautiful person in the world? When 18-year-old Becky’s mother passes away, she receives a message to look up a New York Fashion magnate, who promises to make her the most beautiful girl in the world if she wears three dresses that he designs for her. She reluctantly agrees because her mother’s last words were for her to not be afraid to take chances and to be all that she can be. Becky is then transformed into Rebecca, and gets to star in a movie alongside her crush, be on the cover of Vogue, and she meets and falls in love with a British prince. Becky has only one year as Rebecca unless she falls in love (and the guy has to love her back). What I love about this book is that even though it seems to be about outer beauty, the message of the book is that it is what is inside that matters. There are a few twists in the plot that kept me engaged and I loved the sense of mystery of how the fashion magnate can transform Becky into Rebecca with the outfits he designs for her. This is a great read for anyone who loves a good romance story with a twist.
Review by: Amy H.
Years at AHML: 4
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk to people about books
Best Place to read my book: Outside in the sun
Why I like reading YA: The stories are fun to read and are thought provoking. Even though I am not a teen anymore, I still relate to what many of the characters go through and I love getting caught up in different worlds.
Good Kings Bad Kings By Susan Nussbaum
Good things, bad things about “Good Kings Bad Kings” - -
Good things: This is a story that makes you care about the issues and characters. It will make you question who you think “disabled” people really are. It will force you to reconsider the ways that economics and society impact people in challenging circumstances. The best “good thing” is that the characters are so funny and real, and the writing style is so great, that you could totally miss all of the above and still really enjoy the story.
Bad thing: You will be so sad when the story ends, wondering what’s next for each of the characters that you’ve grown to love. Hopefully, there will be a sequel!
Review by: Carol E.
Years at AHML: 8 years, with a short break in between
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk with all of the nice people who visit the library
Best place to read my book: Where ever I can. ;)
Why I like reading: It helps me to understand people who think and feel differently than I do.