Monday, August 11, 2008

Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata

Marilyn, Shelby, Lakey, and Maddie are the closest sisters you will ever meet. The fact that they are half-sisters and each has a different father only makes that bond stronger. They all adore their beautiful, men-collecting mother, and even though their life is far from traditional, they wouldn't have it any other way. And suddenly, they must. A tragic accident forces each girl to live with her respective father, all in different parts of the country. Though apart, these strong-willed sisters will do anything to bring their family back together.

Outside Beauty is a beautiful story. I have never seen such loving and devoted sisters as these four girls, and the age difference between them makes the bond even more special. Their home life may be unconventional, but it was interesting, to say the least. The plot was good and the characters were so real that I felt like I was there with them. The author also offers a good lesson in morality: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And despite the title, the characters show the reader that inside beauty is what really counts.

8 out of 10.

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