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Girl in the Mirror (Mira) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Alice Monroe
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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July 2004 Mira
"What price beauty? Mary Alice Monroe's "Girl in the Mirror" reflects the shadows and shapes of a woman's painful and illuminating journey of self-discovery, of choices, of loves."--Nora Roberts. Reissue.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books; Reprint edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778320618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778320616
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,490,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! Don't peek at the end! 10 April 1999
By A Customer
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I read this book a while back, but I still remember how much I liked it. In fact, I stayed up late just to see how the plot would unfold. This story is so unique, it's hard to describe except maybe as a "Flowers for Algernon" about a woman's face. <G> Born with a disfigurement, Charlotte is made beautiful by the miracle of cranio-facial surgery and becomes a big star. But a reaction to the surgery forces her to choose between her new, gorgeous face or undoing the reconstruction. There are two compelling men involved, a touching romance, and a race against the clock to see which path Charlotte will choose. Cool, huh?
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charlotte godowski is a very talented young director of her community plays. when people meet her they immediately notice her fantastic figure and then they see her face. charlotte only wishes that people could look past her face and see into her soul. her dream is to become a famous actress. she has the talent, but she is just too ugly. mary alice monroe has created a palable character that will suck you into her life and love story. you will enjoy this book!
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This is a rare book that beautifully tells the story of a woman's bravery and self-discovery. The characters are vivid. And the plot is a real page turner! Loved it and recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good a la Valley of the Dolls 17 July 1998
By A Customer
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Charlotte Godowski was used to being stared at as an ugly freak of nature. When she was a little girl, her peers taunted her. However, when she turns twenty, she undergoes excruciating surgery that turns her into a Hollywood beauty.
Charlotte changes her name, hires an agent, and makes a push to becoming a star. Her dreams are almost fulfilled especially when she meets Michael Mondragen. However, she fears that her past could haunt her future, especially when her health threatens to turn her nightmare into reality. Charlotte may have had her face repaired, but her soul is still scarred and only the love of a good man can fix that.
GIRL IN THE MIRROR is a heart-wrenching, sensitive tale that will delight readers of poignant contemporary romances. The motives of the characters are brilliantly developed, though the story line makes too many attempts at grabbing readers hearts, turning the well-written novel at times into an overly emoted soap opera. Sti! ! ll, Mary Alice Monroe has scribed a gut-invoking tale that will elate fans that enjoy a five-hanky novel.
Harriet Klausner
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! Don't peek at the end! 10 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book a while back, but I still remember how much I liked it. In fact, I stayed up late just to see how the plot would unfold. This story is so unique, it's hard to describe except maybe as a "Flowers for Algernon" about a woman's face. <G> Born with a disfigurement, Charlotte is made beautiful by the miracle of cranio-facial surgery and becomes a big star. But a reaction to the surgery forces her to choose between her new, gorgeous face or undoing the reconstruction. There are two compelling men involved, a touching romance, and a race against the clock to see which path Charlotte will choose. Cool, huh?
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 1/3 Cinderella, 1/3 Sleeping Beauty and 1/3 Ugly Duckling 30 April 2002
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Charlotte Godfrey (nee Godowski), a Polish-American actress has a tragic secret. Born with a cranio-facial defect, she has reconstructive surgery in 1991 at age 20 to correct a minimal chin. She suffers from a complex regarding her appearance all of her life and after a traumatic encounter with some boys during her kindergarten year (1976-77) and an attempted rape by her employer some 15 years later prompts her to act.
Like Sleeping Beauty, Charlotte revels in her new image in the mirror. Like Cinderella, she meets a prince from California who literally sweeps her off her feet. Like the Ugly Duckling, she feels as if she has developed into a beautiful duck (cygnets are young swans). She embarks upon a successful film career after her reconstructive surgery.
In 1996, Charlotte, then 25 has to confront the decision she has made about her reconstructive surgery. She literally has to make a decision that not only will affect her career, but her life.
I did find the story a tad implausible. I found her whirlwind success as an actress rather hard to believe and the story did follow a nice little formulaic pattern. It was also easy to figure out the true identity of some of the characters and the "surprise" ending was really not a surprise to me.
Even though it was a nice little forumlaic package, it was an entertaining read. Mary-Alice Monroe has written other books that are so much better than this one, so this work is really not up to her usual par.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story 8 July 2000
By K. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book awhile back but have definitely not forgotten about it. It is a very compelling story of a girl, Charlotte, who has facial deformities. She is brave enough to have surgery done that not only corrects the problem but turns her into a beauty. But then something happens that leaves her having to decide which is more important: beauty or health.
I found myself experiencing a wide range of emotions while reading this book. I was sad for her and was cheering her on in other parts of the book. Once I started reading I could not stop. I had to find out what happened to her!!! This is a must read book!!!!!!!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched 7 Mar 2005
By Terri Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
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As other reviewers have hit on most of my points, I will skip some.

I want to add that I am very impressed with the level of research Mary Alice put into this work. For me, it bumped a 3-star read to four stars.

The depth at which she portrayed Michael's family and their Mexican heritage was enlightening for me as a non-Latina. The way the familia deals with issues from Michael's choice to work half a continent away, to homosexuality, to the place of women in the family (and how said women dealt with it), felt authentic. It was neither sugar-coated nor denigrated. It was as it was.

Charlotte's deformity and surgery seemed to be fairly well researched, too. Although I couldn't quite picture her before the surgery, I certainly felt the impact on her life. Then, issues related to the surgery seemed legitimate, even though I am not knowledgeable in the field.

Two points kept this from being a 5-star read. The meteoric rise in fame was difficult to believe, especially in combination with her slavish devotion to her agent. While she appeared to be tempered by her experiences growing up, she pretty much handed her career over to a near-has-been agent. This surprised me, given the amount of strength I thought she possessed.

The other point was the inexplicable jealousy her agent felt toward Michael Mondragon. Prejudice and status explained the problem just enough for me to buy it, but for not wanting to get her into bed, the agent was extremely possessive.

Overall, I highly recommend this novel. The other Mary Alice Monroe novel I have read is Skyward. That, I would give 5 stars!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MOVING JOURNEY NOT TO BE MISSED 9 April 2003
By Barbara Bergwerf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mary Alice Monroe once again writes a powerful novel about a woman's moving journey to self discovery. In this modern day parallel to the ugly duckling fable, Monroe tells the unforgettable story of Charlotte Godowsky/Godfrey's transformation and subsequent search for true beauty. This was not my first Monroe novel. I searched for it after reading THE BEACH HOUSE and THE BOOK CLUB. Loved them all and highly recommend them!
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