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Gorgeous (Avery Sisters Trilogy #2)

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She's looking good...but Allison Avery can't believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, "interesting-looking" Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally get noticed. But there's one tiny catch, and it's not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone.

Though her d...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published May 26th 2000)
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Heather
Best first two sentences ever:
"I sold my cell phone to the devil.
In my own defense, it had been a really crappy day."

I picked this book up at the library and laughed out loud when I read those first two sentences. SOLD! In fact the first two pages are super concise. Succinct. Great voice. Funny. And then...

I dunno. It wasn't awful. It just wasn't good.

Maybe I'm just not a fan of the beautiful girl who doesn't realize how hot she is. I mean, REALLY? And how many times do the other characters hit...more
Rose
*WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

((Side Note: I've just started the book, but I'm writing a review because sooooooo many little things make me angry and the status update only allows 400 characters ._. ))

So, I started the Avery Sister Trilogy. On the second book. God, what am I doing with my life. I will read the first book never some day.

As quoted from my little update thingymabobber status:

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Kaya
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

As the middle sister, Allison feels neglected.

She’s not beautiful or lucky like her other sisters; she’s merely interesting. With all the family drama – something’s up with her mom and her job - Allison feels left out.

Allison’s best friend is also getting on her nerves. When she hangs out with Roxie Green one day; she just might discover that fun is missing from her life.

She also might have made a bargain with the devil in exchange for people thi...more
Bookworm1858
Summary: The second book in a trilogy dealing with the Avery sisters, whose mother, the breadwinner, has just lost her job affecting them in a variety of ways. This book is about the middle daughter Allison who has always felt herself to be the least pretty and least valued of the family. She ends up selling her cell to the devil for a chance at gorgeousness.

I know that I read Lucky, the first book, but I didn't really remember it. That is okay; these books can be read in any order as they cover...more
J Hildred
Title: Gorgeous
Author: Rachel Vail
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 271
Source: CO Teen Literature Conference Bookstore





My Review:
Characters:
Allison Avery is a fun character, though not as fiery and sarcastic as the summary implies. As the novel progresses, she begins to stand up for herself, and becomes more and more fiery. I had a difficult time empathizing with Allison in the novel because she wasn't the character I had been introduced to in Rachel Vail's first novel, Lucky.
The one character that...more
Manisha Rajpurohit
She's looking good . . . but Allison Avery can't believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, "interesting-looking" Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally get noticed. But there's one tiny catch, and it's not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone.

Though her deal with the devil seems like a good idea at the time, Allison soon realizes that being gorgeous isn't as easy as it look...more
Morgan Gawle
The book "Gorgeous" by Rachel Vail, is about a teenage girl named Allison Avery that feels like she is a nobody. She has two perfect sisters and a stunning best friend named Jade that all make her feel like an outcast. It happens to be one night, when a devil appears in her room. She trades her cell phone just to be gorgeous. Allison and her new best friend Roxie, cut school to go to the city to apply to be models in the magazine, Zip. When Allison gets a call from Zip magazine that she is a sem...more
Rachel Adams
I decided to read this book because the blurb interested me and it seemed like a book I would enjoy.

This novel is about a 16 year old girl called Allison Avery who befriends the new girl, the beautiful Roxie Green. Allison meets the devil and wants to be gorgeous so she sells something to the devil. Not her soul, but her cellphone.

This book fits in the category on the bingo board of "your own choice." I think this category was good to have on the board because then I can read something that is...more
Nikki G.
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I am still reading Gorgeous by Rachel Vail. You can definitely tell the theme is don't lie or things won't go the way you want them to, and I know this because the main character, Allison, is going through some trouble because she is lying to her best friends. She is saying that her mom grounded her from ditching class but really her mom doesn't even know she did that. Allison's friends think she isn't going to be able to go to Tennis Europe but the reason that she isn't going is because...more
Teenage
Jun 10, 2014 Teenage rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle school girls
Shelves: 2014, series
Oh to be the middle child. Not smart like the oldest, or popular like the baby. Yet to be interesting-looking middle child, with no parents paying attention. Life can be hard, especially with a bullying friend. But as an Avery Girl she must be strong, and survive through it. Even if dealing with it means wagering her cell phone with the devil.
Allison Avery can be described as gorgeous. But who really thinks of themselves as that? Allison with her too wide apart eyes, frizzy and a little crazy d...more
Cristal
Would you sell your cell phone to the devil? What if in return he made you gorgeous? Allison Avery sold her cell phone to the devil.

This book is fiction. In this book Allison sells her phone to the devil. She didn't sell it physically but the devil can control it. In return the devil makes 6 people think that she’s gorgeous. Roxie, the new girl in town, befriends her and soon they become best friends. They end up going to a modeling competition and they call up Allison for a photo shoot. This b...more
Michelle
This book isn't about love or life particularly, however, it's about a girl, Allison, giving up her cellphone to the devil so she can be "beautiful." The ironic part is everyone already thinks she's gorgeous. The reason she feels this way is because she has older sisters that are blonde while she's a brunette. Allison gets to get her chance of being "gorgeous" but now she encounters some conflict. She's unable to trust anyone anymore because she doesn't know whether people like her because she's...more
Claire
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Amy Yang
Allison Avery feels that she was always unnoticed. She have two beautiful, blond sisters Phoebe and Quinn and there she is, someone with an "interesting-looking." When the devil shows up in her bedroom and make a offer to make her gorgeous with a trade with her cellphone, she takes the chance. How much damage can a little cellphone do anyway? Now she is gorgeous, she is being noticed and have tons of new friends. But when her mother loses her job, everything seems to be falling apart including h...more
Velia
What it comes down to is ...looks matter. But Allison decided to walk away from the possible fame and money from her beauty in order to protect her family. That is very admirable. I do believe a lot of outer beauty comes from how you see yourself. Like, if you project confidence, you are confident. I thought that this was the underlying moral to the story.

There was one aspect I didn't like: the first thing after the photo shoot she did was go after a guy that admitted he only started to notice...more
Chandni
Allison Avery is the middle sister in a family with three girls. Over the years, she has been plagued by feelings of inadequacy since both of her sisters are pretty, blonde, and perfect. She has dark wavy hair and eyes that are too far apart and considers herself to be unattractive. However, when she sells her cell phone to the devil in exchange for seven people thinking she’s beautiful, it sets her on a path to find out what true beauty is.
I really enjoyed this book. This book seems perfect for...more
Diana Dang
It sucks to be the one who is stuck in between two amazing siblings. This is how Allison Avery feels. Her sisters are pretty and talented while she is just... plain.

In the middle of the night, Allison wakes up to find the devil in her room! Instead of freaking out, she more or so assumes it is a dream. She trades her cellphone in exchange for having seven people to think she is gorgeous.

Now everywhere she goes, she gets complimented on her appearance. After tagging along to a photoshoot with pop...more
Amy Wang1
Every girl wants to be pretty or gorgeous. As a teenager, girls start to think about what others think of them. Who doesn't want to be called gorgeous? Well, of course nobody. But, for Allison Avery, it's a different story.
Allison Avery, a teen in high school gets her cell phone possessed by the devil so that people will think she is gorgeous. What a great wish. Now, everyone thinks she is gorgeous but Allison knows she is not until she becomes a semifinalist for a teen magazine cover called...more
Laura
Gorgeous by Rachel Vail is a romance book. It is about a girl and she sells her cell phone to the devil. The devil gave her a wish and her wish was that 7 people would think she was gorgeous. So then she got a ton of new friends and a boyfriend! One day her new friend Roxie needs to go to a photo shoot and she wants Allison to go with her. So then Allison ends up cutting class and getting her photo taken! Her parents get really mad. Then she was one of the semifinilast!So she cuts again and she...more
Jahlia ((thing 10 Evil 1))
"I was thinking about how much easier it was to believe what she was saying about how I looked than what Roxie had said. They are just two opinions I told myself. It's easier to believe the bad stuff, true, but maybe that's not a good enough reason to decide to believe it."

Quicknote
I haven't read the first book in this series but I was able to easily jump right in. When I checked this book out of the library I expected to get a light and funny read. Gorgeous turned out to be more serious th...more
Christi
Summary: In Rachel Veil's book Gorgeous, Allison Avery is the middle child and interesting looking. With a smart older sister and a pretty younger sister, both blond, Allison has always been the dark-haired average child. When the devil offers to make her gorgeous in exchange for her cell phone, Allison jumps to accept. While her family undergoes a financial crisis, Allison makes a new friend who helps her understand her old friends, find the courage to confront the boy she's had a crush on all...more
Lucy
Jul 22, 2009 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Maureen Johnson's Devilish, Rachel Vail's Lucky
Shelves: 2009, teen
Allison Avery is the middle child in the perfect Avery family, and the only one who isn't perfect. She's smack in the middle of brilliant, hardworking Quinn and charmed, adorable Phoebe. She's the one her father has to read parenting books about, and has to count to ten and take deep breaths when he talks to her. She's the one her grandmother, after complimenting the looks of both her sisters, called interesting.

Allison moves through school hidden behind bangs and sweatshirts, trailing in the sh...more
Adriana
This is another book that I have read over the summer. This book was okay. I liked it but it wasnt my type of book. It was a book about popular girls living another other popular girls and like always one really stands out because she's more beautiful then the other and conflicts started. This gorgeous girl that stood out in her town was called Allison.Allie as a kid wasnt the special one because she had teo pretty sisters so she didnt stand out as much. Then one day she made a trade and it was...more
Michelle
This is a fun, easily readable teen girl family and friends story. It's not going to win any literary awards but it should win popularity awards.

Allison Avery is the middle sister, the quirky one, "interesting-loooking" as her grandmother puts it. Not sweet and nice and pretty like her younger sister and not diligent and intelligent like her oldest sister. Frustrated at her percieved "nothingness", Aliison sells her Cell phone to the devil in order to be gorgeous. Usual mishaps and consequences...more
Ella Perkins
This book is about a girl, Allison whos life is a little interesting.
She never thinks she is pretty and she doesn't believe that anyone
will ever want her. One night she meets with the devil and lthey make
a trade. She gets one wish that will be granted and he gets her cell
phone. When her wish makes her life misrable she has to figure it out
on her own.

I can make a text to world connection. The connection is that many
people do believe that they could change or do something to make them
diffe...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 7-9

14-year-old Allison feels like the boring filling in a beauty sandwich. Her blonde, perfect, talented older sister can do no wrong while in their parents eyes and Allison's younger sister is everybody's darling. Allison only gets her parents' attention when she is in trouble (which usually isn't her fault).

One day Allison mutters, "I would give anything to be somebody." That night the devil arrives in her bedroom to seal the bargain but instead of her soul, all he wants...more
Sarah
This book was very strange and it wasn't one of my favourites but I still thought it was pretty good.

It had a good moral and that's what I look for in a good book. This was very strange but very interesting and I wasn't bored reading it.

It was a bit cliche in moments but still a good read.
Jenn
Full Review here: http://booksatmidnight.blogspot.com/2...

Bottom Line: Even though there were major flaws in character and plot, Gorgeous, overall, was a mildly enjoyable read for me. I didn't necessarily like the characters, but I also didn't have a strong aversion to them, and I think that and the fact that I didn't go in with high expectations allowed me to still sort of enjoy the book for what it is: very light chick-lit. The concept had potential, but I don't think Rachel Vail was able to m...more
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Birth
I was born on July 25, 1966, in NEW YORK CITY, and grew up in New Rochelle, NY, with my mother, my father, and my younger brother Jon. (And down the street from my future husband, though of course I didn't know that until much later.)

Interests
Some details, I do know-I was very into reading and theater, so I read every book I could get my hands on (especially realistic fiction, either contempo...more
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