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The Look by [Bennett, Sophia]
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Praise for THE LOOK

"A perfect narrative voice. The plot has you laughing one moment and crying the next. Bennett writes about what really matters to teens with zest, warmth, and sympathy." -- THE LONDON TIMES

Praise for THE LOOK
"A perfect narrative voice. The plot has you laughing one moment and crying the next. Bennett writes about what really matters to teens with zest, warmth, and sympathy." -- THE LONDON TIMES

About the Author

Sophia Bennett won first place in the second annual LONDON TIMES/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with her debut, SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS, a novel that combines her long-standing obsession with fashion with her keen desire to write for young readers. Sophia lives with her husband and children in cosmopolitan London, England. Follow her on Twitter @sophiabennett and visit her at www.sophiabennett.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (7 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AWCHQOE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The synopsis immediately captured my attention. (I also really liked the pink page edges. I can’t help it, they’re so pretty and appealing). If I was judging it on its cover alone and the pretty pink pages, I wouldn’t have expected such an engrossing, heartfelt story. It’s certainly looks like a fluffier read than it was.

The Look tells the story of Ted who is spotted by a modelling agency’s talent scout. At the same time Ted’s beautiful sister Ava is diagnosed with lymphoma and is about to start chemotherapy and radiotherapy. You’d think that this is a really depressing read, but there are a lot of lighter and humorous moments that really lift the story.

I thought Ted was a fantastic protagonist. She was incredibly easy to warm to. I loved reading about her modelling escapades. I absolutely loved her relationship with her sister Ava. They’re incredibly different people, but their relationship is believable and feels incredibly realistic. I loved how Ava was thinking of her sister, despite being so ill.

Sophia Bennett’s writing is fantastic. I couldn’t put it down. I’m really looking forward to reading You Don’t Know Me, another book which has been highly recommended!
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By Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2012
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15 year old Ted (Edwina) has grown up idolising her glamorous Elizabeth Taylor-like older sister Ava and thinks herself somewhat of a freak with her caterpillar eyebrow(s), gangly height and awkward limbs. So when a man claiming to be a model scout approaches them Ted is astounded that he is interested in her and not Ava, and is convinced he is nothing more than a scam artist.

Yet soon Ted is set to take the fashion world by storm, but it never quite works out despite everyone telling her how marvellous she is. Add to this building disappointment Ava's diagnosis of cancer and her subsequent chemo and radiotherapy treatments. As Ted watches her carefree beautiful sister wilt, she takes supportive action. Yet the consequences of this fast track Ted's modelling career and have her making choices between staying with Ava or grasping at a major opportunity presenting itself in New York.

The is a cute story with surprising depths as Ted discovers what is really important to her and what she hopes to accomplish with her life. The different environments work well; the downgraded home following Dad losing his job, the hospital settings as Ava is diagnosed and starts her therapy, and the almost fantastical fashion world in which time is money and anything can be said or done to land the perfect shot for a campaign. Ted is immersed in an alien world and flounders somewhat, but when she has an idea or plan she sticks to it, even if she ends up threatened with court action. She is a likeable kind hearted young woman, and her development and increasing confidence throughout "The Look" (enhanced by her interactions with Ava, her class mates, fellow models and a potential love interest) is an interesting, entertaining, and at times touching journey of a potential supermodel who is presented with a life changing opportunity at the worst possible time.
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By Chris from Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2012
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"The Look" is a brilliant novel, classified as a children's book, which I would think would suit girls from around 12 years up, depending on their reading maturity.
The story opens with Ted (Edwina) and her sister Ava, busking on Carnaby Street in the West End of London. It is Ava's idea to get them some money. Ava is the outgoing, try anything girl and her younger sister Ted, is more cautious and not quite so wordly.
The story tells of the unexpected opportunity to follow every girls dream - to become a catwalk model. In tandem with this, is the illness of the other sister and how she and the family cope. The girls lives had already had one change. When their father lost his job, their home in Richmond-upon-Thames had to be let out, and the family moved into a rented flat above a shop in Putney.
"The Look" is an absorbing story which every girl will love. There are the ups and downs of family life, school life and the decisions that in growing up, these sisters have to make for themselves and for each other.
There are no "nasties" in the story for parents to worry about. It is a good read and a safe read. A book indeed, that as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed and which (I know I have said this before!) would make a good short film for either the large or small screen.
I can highly recommend this book - It is brilliant.
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By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2012
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The Look is a quick witted and excitingly written tale of a girl who is spotted by a modelling agency's talent scout -- against all her preconceptions -- at the same time that her elder sister is diagnosed with lymphoma, and has to begin a gruelling course of chemo- and radio-therapy. Ted (Edwina) has a fresh and engaging narrative voice which makes you instantly want to like her. In fact, Ted could tell pretty much any story and it would be interesting.

On the surface of it this is a rags to riches (and back again, to some extent) story, but it's the additional element of the terribly ill sister which lifts it above the run of the mill and makes it a tale worth telling. I spent most of the last year working in a children's hospital, and the story of elder sister Ava really resonated for me.

Although the writing is brilliant and this is a really enjoyable read, my feeling is that the plot lets it down in the final third. The climax isn't climactic and, what's worse, it's telegraphed beforehand and we pretty much guess what is going to happen. Somehow the emotional impact of the decisions late in the book doesn't work as well as the very detailed emotional work at the start. That, and the teenage dialogue falters in places, with things, especially the meaning of the word 'sick' having to be spelled out to the main character as if they were 30+, not 16.

All in all, this book isn't going to set the world alight, but it is a very good, compelling read which, once started, is hard to put down until it's finished.
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