Book Review: Fairest of Them All

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Title: Fairest of Them All

Author: Jan Blazanin

Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: April 2009

Number of Pages: 256

(Summary from Amazon)

If life were a fairy tale, Oribella Bettencourt would have a happily ever after kind of future ahead of her. A Hollywood producer has come to Des Moines in search of a perfectly modern Princess Rapunzel, and Ori -- a model, dancer, and star of the beauty pageant circuit -- lands the part. And why shouldn't she? With her hardworking, self-sacrificing mother guiding her career, Ori is stunning, dedicated, poised...and then there's her hair. Breathtakingly lustrous blond hair that sets her apart from all the other girls at school. So what if she doesn't have any friends her age, or anyone to talk to other than her mother? She's on the verge of having everything she's ever dreamed of. But in this fairy tale, the beautiful princess wakes up to her worst nightmare -- when almost overnight, Ori begins to lose her hair....

This book is a lot different from what I usually read. It had no romance, but yet I was compelled to finish reading it. Why? Partly, because the author’s writing was really good and partly, because I wanted to see how drastically her life changed because of her unfortunate disease and okay, I’ll admit it I was hoping for maybe just a little romance but that didn’t happen. Still was good but the main character Ori, was really a odd. She was so naive at times, assuming stupid things just based on people’s appearance. Kinda got on my nerves. But then, you couldn’t help feel sorry for her, especially because during a good amount of the book her mother resents her just because she loses her chance of being in a movie.

The novel overall was not the greatest, it was just okay. However, with that being said I think Jan Blazanin did an amazing job at showing and educating readers, how something as losing one’s hair can drastically change a person’s life and finding true friends all in the same time.

Special thanks to A and B for the book!

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