July Buzz Book: GORGEOUS by Paul Rudnick

The Teen Press Corps and public agree, Gorgeous is a perfect summer read. With that said we are excited to announce it as our selection for July’s Buzz Book!

About the book:
“Inner beauty wants out. When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness. Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world. A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time.”

Our beloved Libba Bray, author of Beauty Queens,  gave a great review of Gorgeous to the New York Times. While she had some issues with Becky’s voice, she loved the book! Check it out,
“But is it funny? Oh, hell’s yes.

Once Becky becomes Rebecca the novel also transforms, and readers are treated to Rudnick’s considerable talents as a satirist as he uproariously eviscerates our celebrity-mad, class-­conscious, appearance-obsessed, reality-TV-­vapid culture with puckish delight. Rebecca’s first stop is Hollywood, where stars have “a pet cause, Slovakian orphans or Icelandic voter registration or bipolar baby ocelots,” and a teen-idol-turned-movie-heartthrob becomes famous for playing “Orville Wright, the hunkier and more nakedly sensitive of the two pioneering brothers.” And when Becky/Rebecca meets her real-life Prince Charming, he explains the affront of her beauty to England: “You have no business here, children will point at you and start to sob, saying, ‘Mummy, I thought you told me that attractive people were extinct. By decree.’ ” Bons mots for which other writers happily would sell the kidneys of their enemies are tossed off with aplomb while also raising important questions about the ugliness of a society that treats the non-gorgeous and underprivileged with contempt.

Even if “Gorgeous,” unlike Becky Randle, never quite realizes its full potential, it is still a wicked good time, with moments both outlandish and touching. And as a summer beach read? Well, it’s perfect.” Click here to read Libba’s full review.

Willa, a voracious reader and fine member of our Teen Press Corps said, “after reading this book, I thought, “amazing book that blew my brains out and made me fall in love with a Prince and a gay actor and a kick-butt best friend and a girl who is kind of two different people”. Gorgeous is so much more than just a chick-lit book; it has real-life lessons, some hilarious dialogue (guys, this Prince is freaking A COMEDIAN – not really, but he should be), and is just darn addicting… I highly, highly, highly recommend Gorgeous. It’s a wonderful read filled with hilarious moments, life lessons, and some amazing characters you won’t forget! It’s a poolside/long car ride/rainy day read – one that you can consume in one sitting, basically. Eighty billion stars from me!” Click here to read Willa’s full review.

Paul Rudnick gave a great interview to NPR, check out what he had to say,

Drawing of Paul Rudnick from The New Yorker

“On his favorite magical device in the story

“I guess because I’ve been enough of a fashion addict, and I’ve read enough issues of Vogue in my life, that I love the idea of endowing clothing, or high fashion, with the power that we almost wish it had. I think whenever anyone is getting dressed for the evening, especially if it’s a Friday night or if it’s an occasion or if it’s a first date, you’re hoping that what you look like will elevate you. Your outfit and your shoes and your makeup and your hair will send the absolute perfect message to whoever you’re about to meet — even if you don’t know who that is.

“So I love taking that final step, of saying, ‘OK, you’re gonna put on this dress, and it’s gonna do everything you could ever hope for and beyond.’ ” Click here for the full interview.

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