The Look by Sophia Bennett
Published by Chicken House
Ted is fifteen, and...oh yes...tall. When she's spotted by a model agency, she can't believe it.
At the same time, Ted's fashionista sister, Ava, is diagnosed with cancer. With her world turned upside down, Ted has a lot of growing up to do, some of it in five-inch platforms. Should she be the model sister for Ava? Life in front of the camera is harder than it looks. And will they still be smiling when it’s over?
I must admit that I was convinced that I would like this book. I have started a new thing where I read whatever I'm sent for review and I give up with it as soon as I'm bored, irritated or just don't care enough. I fully expected it to happen with book but I actually really enjoyed it and like it so much I'll be adding my copy to my own collection rather than sending it to be rehomed.
The funny thing is though I'm not sure I can put my finger on what I liked the most about it. For me this book was all about the feeling you got by the time you'd finished reading it of overwhelming lovely girlyness.
I loved the main character Ted (even with her silly name) and found it easy to connect to her. I particularly loved the relationship she had with her older sister and the rest of her family. The way she connected with her sister was really touching especially in the scenes where she was supporting her through her illness.
I loved seeing how she handled being thrust into the high end fashion world from being scouted on the street to being flown to new york for a once in a career photoshoot which was going to make her a huge star. What I liked most about her is that it all the situations she faced she was still this awesomely down to earth and lovely girl.
A fantastically engaging story with lovely morale and a touching storyline. Well worth a look and definitely recommended for contemporary YA fiction lovers.