Wednesday, November 07, 2012


PRETTIEST DOLL is three weeks in the life of Liv Tatum, who is 13 years old and already a veteran of the beauty-pageant circuit. Though she's as pretty and successful as can be on the outside, on the inside Liv is struggling to cope with the death of her father, the demands of her mother, her pageant coach's insistent criticism, and her own ambivalence about her looks. 

When she up and runs away with 15 year old Danny Jacobson, a troubled Texan on his way to Chicago, she'll have to rely on her own resourcefulness and courage, rather than on her fake eyelashes and singing, to make it back in one piece.

PRETTIEST DOLL is somehow simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, zeitgeisty and timeless. Gina Willer-Pardo is a master at writing realistic stories with a pitch-perfect middle school voice. I love this book!

"Willner-Pardo deftly captures the complexity of adolescence as these resilient teens endeavor to define their identities and establish control over their lives."--Kirkus

"Willner-Pardo gives Olivia a realistically conflicted narrative voice . . . [Olivia's] growth is organic and genuine."--Publishers Weekly

Available on IndieBound, from Powells, at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or wherever fine books are sold.

1 comment:

  1. That looks good! I'll have to put it on the list.


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