Beautiful Girl

Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to casting calls and auditions since she was four years old. According to Joanne Kennicut, Melanie was born to follow in her footsteps.

But Melanie never wanted this life. When a freak car accident leaves her with facial lacerations that will require plastic surgery, she can't help but wonder if this is the answer to her prayers. For the first time in her life, she has a chance to live like a normal teenager--at least for a little while--away from the photo shoots and movie sets that have dominated her entire existence.

But after Melanie allows her best friend to come to the house to see her, Joanne decides to hide her daughter in Montana for the remainder of the summer. There, Melanie won't be seen by anyone they know, and her face will heal in time for the scheduled surgery in late August. Joanne’s plan backfires, however, when Melanie meets Sam, a Native American boy hired by the home's owner to tend to the property. Sam is nothing like the Hollywood boys Melanie knows--he¹s poor, his father's a drunk who possesses a bizarre gift inherited from a Kootenai Shaman, and his only brother disappeared into the mountains after the death of their mother eight years before.

What transpires over a mere 36 hours after Sam and Melanie meet changes both of their lives in ways they never thought possible.

My Review

I read this book but to be honest I can not really remember too many details about it. This is because I felt no connection what so ever to the characters in the book and I found the storyline not that interesting. Even with the car crash I could not warm up to Melanie. Yes, she did turn more human after the accident but I did not feel the warmth about her. Plus her and Sam's romance to me felt too rushed.

For example Melanie had no experience with boys yet she meets Sam and right away is willing to have sexual relations with him. Yes, this does happen all the time but if Melanie was trying to show that she had some brains about her than she was not showing them. For me this book was not a winner but I did see a little glimmer of potential with the author's writing that I may check something else out by the author. 


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