“It’s good to be pretty. I’m really lucky.” So begins the story of thirteen-year-old Olivia, or Liv, who started winning beauty pageants at age three. Lately she’s been wondering, however, if that’s all she is. She gets a chance to find out when she meets a runaway named Dan and they embark on a trip to Chicago, each determined to uncover family secrets. This story of two teens from very different backgrounds making their way in a world preoccupied with physical appearance sparkles with wry humor, romance, and a revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of beauty pageants.
gina gives an overview of the book:
It's good to be pretty. I'm really lucky.
I have blond hair that's usually straight, but I can make it wavy with a curling iron or hot rollers. Not everyone's hair holds a curl, but mine does. And I have brown eyes and straight white teeth and a smile that's not too much gum. My mom says that if I'd needed braces, she'd have found a way, but thank the good Lord I never did. She says it would be better if my eyes were blue, though.
So I'm lucky. But sometimes, when I should be feeling lucky, I don't. Sometimes, if I really pay attention, it's like there are other feelings inside me, buried down deep, close but far away. It scares me a little, but then I remember about my hair.
PRETTIEST DOLL is about 13-year-old Liv Tatum, who lives in Missouri and hates competing in beauty pageants, even though she always wins. When she meets 15-year-old Danny Jacobson, who’s on the run with problems of his own, they embark on a journey that will allow her to discover what true beauty really is.
Gina Willner-Pardo was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. While raising two children, she began...