Scary Beautiful by Niki Burnham

December 29, 2010 4 flames 0

Author: Niki Burnham

Reading level: Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (December 27, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 068987619X
ISBN-13: 978-0689876196


Chloe Rand’s life is great. She has a serious boyfriend, she’s about to start her junior year of high school, and she has a tight group of girlfriends. But when her boyfriend moves cross country, he dumps her cold right in the airport terminal. Chloe’s devastated, and soon learns that when you’re the prettiest girl in school and totally unattached, everyone starts treating you differently. Girls don’t trust you, guys don’t know what to make of you, and everyone assumes you’re spoiled, dumb, or both.

Chloe realizes she’s been living the last few years in a bubble and decides to do something about it. But when she falls for Billy, a total geek, will it make her situation better…or worse? 


How cute is that cover? It is so playful and perfect for a young adult read!  I was looking for a quick read when I came across this book on my bookshelf.  These Simon Pulse Romantic Comedy line of books remind me of a Harlequin nook geared for teens.  They are predictable, a fun romance and characters that are fun. 

While I have read many books where the teen is the ugly duckling of the school, this is a first for me where we get to read from the beautiful and popular girls perspective.  Chloe is that girl that we all love to hate in high school.  She is scary beautiful, can have any guy she wants, and she is popular to boot.  What makes this different and the character likable, is the fact that she hates being the pretty girl in school.  She has just been dumped by her boyfriend of two years, realizing she has spent those two years closed off from her friends, and trying to rediscover who she is.  

Billy is the geek she would never have noticed before.  He is kind, cute, but part of the nerd crowd.  He is very smart, yet also fun to be around.  Chloe starts to fall for Billy and wants to hang around him more.  The only thing is her best friend Rachel has had her eye on him as well.  Now Chloe has to decide if friendship is more important than the boy. 

While I thought the book was predictable, I actually enjoyed this book.  It was fun and quick, but told a story as well with a great pace.  I liked how down to Earth Chloe was and Billy was such a sweetheart.  I love how the author put a new spin on the cliche of outer beauty vs. inner beauty.  A great read to add to your list of books!


Very Good! I would recommend this book! 4 STARS

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