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Has ever been something that you wanted and you thought if you had it all your troubles would be over? What would you do if someone offered it to you? How deep is your desire?
Eve thought that if she lost weight, she would be pretty. And if she was pretty, all her troubles would be over. She would have friends that she wanted, the boy that she wanted, the life that she deserves.
Through a twist of fate, she has the body she always wanted. She is skinny.
But nothing ever comes without a price.
What is her price? As long as she stays the person she is, keeps her personality the same, she is able to stay skinny. It would seem to be a simple thing: stay a good person and stay slim.
And then we find out what low she is willing to go just to grasp the life of person she thinks that she wants to be. And as her problems snowball, her body begins to gain weight. As Eve spirals out of control, she has to make definite decisions about what should be important in her life.
- What leads to true happiness?
- What good is a friend if he or she is fake?
- What good is a friend if they do not have your best interests in mind?
Beauty (The Beauty Series) was the worst case scenario for someone who has a chance at something they desired their whole life. It seems that every possible bad decision, Eve made it. All the while she was trying to justify why it was okay. She believed that she could beat the system as if her actions had no consequences.
Beauty (The Beauty Series) was interesting in a very dark way. It could almost be seen as a cautionary tale. In Eve’s case, her desire was weight-loss, but I think that “weight loss” could be a metaphor for any item that you desire with your whole being and you’re willing to sacrifice your life for that.
Some things we feel are worth the sacrifice, but we end up losing more of ourselves in the pursuit of that goal. So, was it worth it?
***warning: this book contains drug abuse, rape, and other disturbing acts
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I’m glad you put in the warning. I don’t like those kind of books. A lot of that is put in to titillate the reader but isn’t necessary. Besides, I’ve seen enough horror, I don’t want to spend my time reading fiction about it. I don’t mind some, but I prefer it to be kept to a minimum. I did like the premise of the book.
The gratuitous nature of the book actually is necessary for the story. It was like a bad afternoon special. In the end, it reminded me of a woman who I have some knowledge of. She lost 100 pounds and went crazy in the sense that she left her husband, ruined relationships with friends and family in order for a lifestyle where she begun to sleep around. In the end (her current situation), she lost her job because of drug use and she is in an toxic relationship with a sometimes abusive boyfriend. This book seemed too true to life.