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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Prettiest Doll by Gina Willner-Pardo

Prettiest Doll by Gina Willner-Pardo.

Prettiest Doll by Gina Willner-Pardo

Clarion Books
Publication Date: November 2012
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547681702

Review: Do you think you're pretty? If so do you think you're lucky to look like that? In the book Prettiest Doll, written by Gina Willner-Pando, Olivia ÒLivÓ Jane thinks that it's good to be pretty, but begins to feel differently when she starts to notice that being pretty is the only thing that people see in her. When she meets a runaway boy, she realizes that she can change how people see her. Liv is a normal 13-year-old girl who's been doing pageants as long as she can remember, but once the Prettiest Doll pageant comes; she realizes that she will have to sing. Liv thinks that she can't sing well, so she decides to run away from home.

While escaping the demands of the pageant, Olivia meets a runaway named Dan who has left home to get away from his problems. She begins to think that running away is the right idea for her too. She decides to go with Dan and together they go to many places and, along the way, Liv learns that she wants to be more than just pretty and decides to change that. On their trip, Liv and Dan learn a lot about themselves that they didn't know. For example they realize that they shouldn't care about what other people think about them.

I enjoyed Prettiest Doll very much. I recommend this book for teenage girls, because many girls can probably relate to Liv and her wish to be seen as more than just pretty. Teenage girls can most likely have some connection the frustration that comes with someone making them do something that causes them to just want to run away from home and be alone or with someone who understands what they are going through. This is a really good book that shows people that there is always someone who will understand you.

Review written by Lindsey (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Prettiest Doll for this review.

Have you read Prettiest Doll? How would you rate it?

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