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The Look

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,066 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Ted doesn't think of herself as glamorous. But her gorgeous sister Ava is. So when it's Ted who spotted by a model agency, at the same time that Ava is diagnosed with cancer, things have clearly gone very wrong. Ted isn't interested in modelling but Ava wants her to give it a try. Just how far will Ted go to please her sister? And what sacrifices will she have to make?
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Chicken House
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I read this book last year. I do not like chick-lits so I should have known better than to pick this one. Thankfully, I had borrowed it from the library, so I did not have to regret wasting money on it.

From the synopsis at the back, I was expecting it to be a light read and something I could complete in an hour or so. However, it was the author's attempt at dealing with issues such as cancer, the fashion industry, finance problems and body image. In my opinion, the author did not succeed at th
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, fashion, love, tragedy, brave.

This book made me laugh and it made me cry. Often at the same time.

The Look masterfully weaves the world of fashion and modelling with high-school and the devastating effects of cancer on one so young. It's one hell of a read.

I felt a better person when I finished The Look, as though I myself had grown with the characters.

Ted is one hell of a great sister, an all round awesome girl. She suffers a little at school, but doesn't everyone? I only with t
Bagaimana jika selama lima belas tahun dirimu yang kamu tahu adalah kamu jangkung (hampir 185senti), kurus, dan punya wajah bundar. Teman-teman memanggilmu Raksasa. Bahkan guru favoritmu menganggapmu cowok karena posturmu itu. Itulah yang Ted Troud rasakan. Di samping fisiknya yang berlebihan, dia punya kakak yang cantik dengan tubuh aduhai, bukan tubuh aduh duh seperti dirinya.

Makanya pas Simon yang mengaku pencari model mendatanginya alih-alih, Ava, kakaknya, Ted kalang kabut. Dia menduga kala
The synopsis and cover are misleading. I was expecting this sugar-sweet story with a little drama and a happy yet predictable ending. That’s not at all what I got. Instead we have a very well thought out story focusing on Ted and her family with the modelling being about half of the overall package.

At times I found Ted’s continued insistence that she was ugly grating, particularly after the modelling took off but I did warm to her in the end. Ava is wonderful, I really worried about her as the c
I LOVED The Look and I would encourage all teenage girls to get it when it comes out. I think it is perfect for Sophia’s older teenage fans (like me!) and is a wonderful step-up from the Threads books. Sophia Bennett has once again conjured up a beautifully glamorous masterpiece, full of dreams, hopes and heartbreak. And yes, it does live up to the bright pink page edges!

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Dit is zo'n boek waar je totaal niet in hoeft te komen. Het verhaal trekt je direct mee en je wilt gewoon weten hoe het verder gaat!

In 'The Look' draait het om Ted. Ted is een 15-jarig meisje, met een doorlopende wenkbrauw en een kapsel dat lijkt op een vogelnestje. Haar zus, Ava, daarentegen is beeldschoon. Wanneer Ted op een zaterdag met Ava op pad is, wordt ze wonder boven wonder gescout door een modellenbureau.
Wanneer ze eindelijk beseft dat dit de kans van haar leven is, blijkt haar zus e
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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The Look is without a doubt one of those books that will make you roar with laughter one minute, shed a few tears the next but most importantly, it will make you think and re-evaluate your life. I loved everything about it, from the characters and the plot to Bennett's writing style - just brilliant.

Writing from a 15-year old girl's point of view is quite risky and and it can go horribly wrong since many t
Snuggles with Rainbows
Do not be fooled by the Synopsis folks. There are many layers to this book that the small plot summary doesn’t cover. Naturally I don’t expect the synopsis to give it all away, but I do want it to convey accurately a glimpse of what the reader is about to get herself into. This was not the case with this book.

Like many, I read the brief summary of the story, saw the gorgeous cover, and very greedily requested it. It looks and feels like chick lit and I love chick lit…so what could wrong? I imagi
Mar 15, 2012 Lucy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lucy by: Received from publisher
This review was originally posted at link: ChooseYA

The Look is one of those books that will either work well, or not work at all. Combining something many teenage girls dream about like modelling with a nightmare of cancer is a risk. So full credit to Sophia Bennett for pulling it off.

When Ted (Edwina) Trout is spotted by a modelling agency, she is certain it is a joke. Her sister, Ava, is the beautiful one after all. However, after her sister's shock diagnosis of cancer and with Ava's encourage
Jay Uppal
This is a book I won through Goodreads so thanks to Goodeads for this and it was a pretty amazing book. I just spent the whole day reading through it. It is a Teen book but it isn't your typical YA read as it has no magic or supernatural parts that you find in all YA books, it's more realistic and this along with the authors Excellent writing skills makes this book well worth a read and totally on par with any YA book I have ever read.

The story follows 15 year old Ted (Edwina) who has grown up i
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Jessica Moro - Books Hunters Blog
Inizialmente questo libro mi sembrava una specie di copia e incolla. Qualcosa di già visto, la solita storia di ragazze che vogliono diventare modelle e si tormentano fra diete e vestitini succinti. Fortunatamente, anche se dopo parecchi capitoli di attesa, sono riuscita a riscoprire il vero spirito della storia, il messaggio celato dietro i lustrini e le grandi marche della moda, dietro i soldi e dietro la carriera.
Questa è principalmente la classica storia di due sorelle. Una bella, l’altra p
The Look was one book I didn't plan on reading, despite the fact that it was getting quite a few great reviews from readers. At first glance, The Look gives the illusion of a short, sweet and fun read - nothing out of the ordinary. However, I found out soon enough that Sophia Bennett is no ordinary writer. Reading this will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love completely with the entire cast of characters.

Edwina "Ted" Trout isn't made of model material. Too tall, too skinny, and without much of
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As the younger sister, Ted has a tendency to follow Ava’s lead — no matter how crazy her ideas are. Even in the midst of the changes their family has overcome (their dad losing their job and them moving into a new, smaller home), Ava can still convince Ted to jingle a tambourine on the street in hopes of scoring some cash.

Instead, they get a melted piece of Starburst and a business card from a modeling scout… interested in Ted.

Now, when I first s
Ifnur Hikmah
Prolog: Gue sudah lama tertarik ingin membaca novel ini. Simply because the main idea: model. Apalagi setelah membaca sinopsisnya membuat gue semakin penasaran. Akhirnya ketemu novel ini di sale Mizan di Gramedia GI. 20 ribu saja hehe.
The Look bercerita tentang Edwina ‘Ted’ Trout, remaja 15 tahun yang mendadak hidup pas-pasan karena ayahnya dipecat jadi dosen dan suatu hari mengamen bersama kakaknya, Ava, si cantik yang mirip Elizabeth Taylor. Saat mengamen itu Ted disamperin oleh Simon yang me
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Kaitlyn Mostyn
Re-read but still a good book
Okay, this was predictable -- girl gets scouted and faces dilemma over whether she should go off and model, or be there for her sister who has cancer -- but it was wonderfully written. Ted was a brilliant MC -- gawky, self-deprecating, and completely clueless when it came to fashion. I thought it was awesome that she didn't just flop around hopelessly but proactively went out and studied magazines and books in order to learn more about the fashion/modelling industry. I thought it was even more a ...more
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Als de 15-jarige Ted wordt aangesproken door een scout van Model City, denkt het hele gezin dat het een grap is. Terwijl Ted denkt over het aanbod, krijgt haar modebewuste zus Ava het vreselijke nieuws te horen dat ze kanker heeft. Ze krijgt chemo’s, maar ze blijft Ted pushen om op het aanbod in te gaan. Als Ted dan eindelijk voor de camera staat met haar ‘warrior-blik’, twijfelt ze of ze toch niet de verkeerde keus heeft gemaakt, en haar carrière moet o
Lois Lane
Its a nice enough book, it deserves a lot more recognition.
Its way deeper than most YA books.
I loved the relationship she had with her sister.
It wasn't sad like i had expected, happy ending and everything.

Thing is, its sort of forgettable.
The only reason I'm making a review is because I bought this book right before a camping trip so that I have a light read at hand. It wasn't boring, I pretty much was reading continuously on the twelve hour train trip while my classmates screamed the school ant

Part wish-fulfillment fantasy, part realistic drama, this novel about a sister who gets her chance to become a high-fashion model just as her sister is diagnosed with cancer surprised me by being more sweet and honest than silly and frivolous.
Nabila Anwar
Inget banget jaman kakak saya ngotot ngirim saya ke kontes Gadsam-Gadsam-an. Saya bukan orang yang lihai bilang 'No'. Kakak saya, pembujuk (kalo gak boleh dibilang -pemaksa) ulung. Yah,, saya pasrahkan ansib pada yang Di Atas. Pas pindahan rumah, ketahuan kalau formulirnya gak dikirim. Yihaa.. lagian saya juga gak tinggi-tinggi amat kok. Cmiw

Tapi Ted Trout tidak selamat. Dia ditemukan oleh orang agensi model, didorong Ava, si kakak yang jatuh cinta sama gemerlap dunia model, didukung rasa ingin
!Lauryn! !Kirwan!
This book is very pridictable although I would recommed it to anyone who is interested in modeling.
Fantastic book!!!!

The cover really caught my eye when I was browsing through the YA section at the library. The subject is relevant on several levels. It deals with family commitments, sister relationships, money troubles, bullying, self-image, beauty, life goals, honesty, boy/girl friendships and ethics. The Sophia Bennet pulls all these themes together beautifully keeping the reader interested from beginning to end. I stayed up late reading because I really cared about Ted and wanted to know
Every girl out there has had a moment, or several, where you cannot see your own beauty. Ted Trout has been living that moment all her life until a model scout picks her out on the street. What makes this even more unbelievable is that he wasn't interested in her completely gorgeous older sister. As a premise, it held infinite possibilities and Bennett definitely delivered. Ted doesn't want to be a model, she is the typical teenage girl uncomfortable in her skin and I loved that about her. She o ...more
Sophia Bennett is a seriously stylish writer. Talent and quality sing from her pages. The Look is more mature and thematic than her previous books, and that’s what makes it so stellar. There's realism and emotion, adventure and excitement, dejection and disillusionment – and most importantly, it leaves you smiling long after you've finished the final chapter.

Ava is popular, pretty and has a movie star smile - so when her gawky, awkward little sister Ted is the one scouted as a model while Ava's
Angelica Galanis
Edwina, but for short Ted, and Ava are sisters that are completely different. Ted says that Ava is beautiful and she is some ugly, tall girl with one eyebrow instead of two. When Ava is diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer, their whole life style is turned upside down. Ted learns to see what really matters in life and Ava, even though she is scared can learn to over come her fears. This book explains how these two sisters, no matter how different, are the same in so many ways.

I picked up t
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
The Look has been a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a while. I always intended to pick it up, but other books got in the way. In an attempt to tackle my TBR Pile, and also read some books for authors attending YALC and forthefringe, I picked up The Look in a quiet weekend and made a start on it.
Within a few pages of The Look I was laughing, some of the things Ted (Edwina) comes out with had me in stitches.

"I think I'm supposed to 'take a sad song and make it better', but that's beyon

Ava e Ted sono quanto più diverse due sorelle potrebbero mai essere: Ava, la maggiore, è bellissima, popolare, tutti sono innamorati di lei, Ted, la minore, è alta e allampata, senza un briciolo di femminilità. Incredibilmente è proprio Ted ad attirare l'attenzione di un talent scout. Tutto passa in secondo piano quando ad Ava viene diagnosticato un tumore. A Ted non importa poi molto di diventare una modella, preferisce stare accanto a sua sorella in ques
Ted Trout mendapatkan kesempatan yang mungkin diidam-idamkan oleh banyak remaja, menjadi seorang model. Awalnya dia tidak percaya diri dengan penampilannya (kaki panjang, rambut sarang burung, dan alis ulat bulu). Menurutnya kakaknya Ava yang memiliki senyum seperti bintang film dan mata mirip Liz Taylor.

Tapi Ted penasaran dengan orang yang memberikan tawaran itu, dan ketika dia mengetahui bahwa Model City (agensi yang menawarinya menjadi model) benar-benar ada, Ted berpikir untuk mencoba. Apal
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I’ve wanted to be a writer since early childhood. Either that or an air hostess (great uniform), Olympic gymnast (also great uniform) or a playwright. I would have liked to be a top fashion designer, but my stick figures, despite years of practice, were never going to make the cover of Vogue.

I wanted to be a writer so much that I didn’t dare actually do any serious writing for many years. Instead,
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