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Our Intrepid Heroine

I'm a multitasking, knitting, cooking, voraciously-reading library worker who wants to spread her bibliomania as far as possible.

Currently reading

Ash and Silver: A Sanctuary Novel
Carol Berg
The Sleeping Partner
Madeleine E. Robins
China Mieville
Gorgeous - Paul Rudnick

Basic premise: after her mother’s death, average-but-not-remotely-glamorous 18 year-old Becky Randle meets Tom Kelly (a thinly-veiled Calvin Klein), the most famous designer in the world. Tom makes her a one-time offer: he’ll design three dresses, which she will wear as the model for Tom Kelly the brand. In return, he will make her the most gorgeous woman who has ever lived.


Becky doesn’t quite believe him, but takes the leap anyway. To her shock, it works, and Rebecca Randle is an overnight sensation. And I can’t say much else without giving it all away.


Alternately hilarious, poignant, and unpredictable, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a Cinderella story, one that includes some side commentary on beauty, class, fame, and design. Just when I thought I knew how this book was going to progress, the narrative suddenly veered in an entirely uncharted direction. Becky’s voice is well-defined, and she made me root for her the whole way through.


If you’re looking for something magical, here’s my recommendation.