- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906427917
- ISBN-13: 978-1906427917
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Have just read THE LOOK ... one word, BRILLIANT. A difficult topic, sensitively handled. --Cathy Cassidy, children's author
... moving & sensitive, funny and an inspiration to its readers. --Armadillo Reviews
... funny and thoughtful, glamorous and sensitive, romantic and down-to-earth in equal measure and that kept someone like me, who wouldn t recognise a Jimmy Choo shoe if he saw one, eagerly turning the pages. --Books for Keeps
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
I really loved this book. Ted is an adorable `every-girl' who is self-deprecating and individual. I loved that she's a bit geeky, that she admits that she's frightened by her sister's illness, and yet remains courageous and positive. The bond between the sisters is beautifully done, just abrasive enough to feel real yet full of a palpable love.
This could have been sugary sweet and sentimental but manages to avoid that - instead it is funny and positive, filled with a genuine tenderness and warmth. I highly recommend this for girls from about 12-13 upwards - and anyone else who enjoys a great uplifting story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought that it sounded very similar to Geek Girl by Holly Smale. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Faye (A Daydreamer's Thoughts)
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). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chrissi Read
Beautifully written book about a young girl who struggles with her path as a model while her sister is ill with cancer.
Amazing gripping novel showing the strength if a model and the loyalties of families. I really enjoyed it.
I would give this book five stars as it is educational as well as
entertaining! It teaches children like me how to cope with the obstacles in your life. Read more
I'm 10. But I thought this was way 12+ as the language is a bit iffy. But I loved it!Published on 30 Mar. 2014 by the Sims free play lets you create your own person and if they get married, they can have a baby too.
havent read the book yet as its for a christmas present but my daughter who is 11 likes this author so im sure it will be ok. it arrived in good condition and was within timescalePublished on 8 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
good book!! xxx
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