Monday, March 31, 2014

Hysterical Modern Day Fairy Tale with a Touch of Heart: GORGEOUS by Paul Rudnick

"Oh my God. OH MY GOD!!! No that's not right, that's not nearly enough because right now even God must be tweeting everyone in heaven and asking, 'Did U hear what Jate just said???'"

GORGEOUS was a lot of fun! It's like the Meg Cabot PRINCESS DIARIES series with some supernatural thrown in. And it works, actually. Really, it's a modern day fairy tale.

Your synopsis:
When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle's mother dies, Becky is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince--but soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self.

I enjoyed Becky, and her best friend, Rocher, is hysterical. She's the perfect sharp witted, funny sidekick to Becky's leading lady/Cinderella character.

I read somewhere that someone felt the descriptions of places, people, etc. were too long. I'm not normally a fan of overly long descriptive paragraphs (like Stephen King can be sometimes). But first of all, these descriptions were never that long, and second, because they felt so authentic to the character, I loved them. Or maybe they just made sense to me. I don't know. But here are two hysterically funny examples of long descriptions that totally work for me:
...when I looked at myself in the mirror over the sink I saw Becky, just the way she'd appeared in my mom's trailer in our claustrophobic, molded pink fiberglass bathroom to which my mom had added way too many of what she'd called 'decorator accents,' including a hanging white wicker basket of trailing, pink polyester silk petunias and a doll whose crocheted skirt had concealed an extra roll of toilet paper as if the doll were a cunning midget shoplifter.
Now come on, that's funny. When you get all the way to the end, you're rewarded with a laugh. But seriously, that description illustrates what that bathroom looks and feels like just as well as a photograph, in my opinion.
I could see his mind ticking off possible explanations for what I was wearing although the only reasonable answer was that all of my other clothes had been stolen and I'd been forced to borrow a costume from an especially garish musical about Che Guevara's showgirl sister, Tiffany-Kelli Guevara.
Hysterical, right?

Anyway, you'll enjoy this if you like funny, sweet stories with a side of romance and a dash of fairy tale.