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Her friends once thought she was perfect. Now she must face the mirror--and herself--to discover what true beauty is.


Ellie Summerfield has everything a girl could want--she's beautiful, she's Senior Class President, has a calendar full of social engagements, volunteer commitments, and church activities. In short, she's perfect, according to most of the students at West Red
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 2nd 2009 by Thomas Nelson
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Amariah Dixon Yes, it is very clean! Some cussing is mentioned but never said. There is no sex either. There are a few intense scenes (i.e. an accident), but it is…moreYes, it is very clean! Some cussing is mentioned but never said. There is no sex either. There are a few intense scenes (i.e. an accident), but it is a poignant story with a very good message. And no, it is not set in the future. It is a contemporary romance. I definitely recommend it! (less)

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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Let me start this review by saying that you need to read this book. Go, right now, and pick up a copy. I'll give you my personal guarantee that you'll absolutely love it as much as I did.

Ellie Summerfield is beautiful, popular, smart, and has a great, amazing boyfriend. Her social calendar is always full, she's President of this and in charge of that, and if you asked anyone at West Redding High School to describe her, they'd probably tell you that she's basica
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Ellie is that girl. You know the one I mean: the one with the hot boyfriend; the one with the flawless grades; the one that everyone admires; the one that is most likely to succeed in life. There’s one in every school, and although you’d love to hate her, there just isn’t anything about her to hate.

But then something happens, something bad. Ellie and her friend Stasia are involved in a car accident. Ellie suffers a lot of injuries and winds up in the hospital with severe burns to one side of her
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Frezanda
Jan 16, 2015 Frezanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult, own
This book surprised me. I've read another book by this author and I don't find it amazing. It's good but not great.
But this book is different. I find the message it conveyed powerful.

Ellie Summerfield was beautiful before the accident. The beauty was not only physical beauty but also inner beauty. She's the kind of person who was just nice. You might want to hate her because of how perfect she was but she was really a nice girl. She was a girl driven by her dreams and she also had a solid relati
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Jennifer
May 12, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Lots of layers to this book - the big bad thing isn't the only way that the author unveils her themes and relationships.
Uyenmy
Apr 10, 2010 Uyenmy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ifavorite
“Truth Found When Beauty is Lost.....”
Ellie Summerfield is beautiful, popular, smart, and has a great, amazing boyfriend everyone wants. She has everything a girl could want-- she's Senior Class President, she has a calendar full of social engagements, volunteer commitments, and church activities...If you asked anyone at West Redding High School to describe her, they'd probably tell you that she's basically “PERFECT”...

The definition for the word PERFECT here describe Ellie is that; she has fl
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Beautiful is a heartbreaking realistic young adult novel. The characters show growth, originality, personality and are easy to relate to.
Ellie is in a horrible accident and we see the transformation not only of her looks but of who she is. She fights for her life and to realize what true beauty is. She doesn't completely lose who she was before the accident, but she realizes a lot of things about herself, and her family and she makes it all into something better. I connected better with Megan
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Debbie
Jan 21, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, christian
"Beautiful" is a young adult novel that has some romance. Adults will also enjoy this story. The novel asks the question, "Where does a person's worth come from? What happens when you peel back the trappings of a person's life and expose what's left?"

While mainly about Ellie, the story also revolved around her sister, Megan. Ellie and Megan appear to be exact opposites. Both are forced to face the core of who they are in a way neither expected. (I normally don't like back cover descriptions that
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Alea
Jan 24, 2010 Alea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
I could take a guess what Beautiful was about based on the book summary and book cover but I pushed it out of my mind so I could fully enjoy the book and be in the present moment with Ellie as everything happened. And I am sure glad I did because this book was beautiful and heartbreaking.

Ellie never had to work hard to make her life the way she wanted it, unlike her sister Megan, who to most is invisible. When Ellie has to restart her life she knows she can't just go back to the way things used
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Amelia
Dec 06, 2014 Amelia added it
This book is an amazing, inspiring, heartwarming book about a girl named Ellie Summerfield who was the world’s definition of perfect. She is popular, pretty, and volunteers for charities.She has a boyfriend,Ryan, who says he loves her, but she can't say the the same to him. To her life this is one small problem in a perfect life until she is driving home with her friend and she gets in a car crash. The car crash kills her friend and burns her badly. She is horribly scarred on her whole left side ...more
Michelle
Beautiful stirred my heart several times. I found my eyes welling with tears of both heartache and joy as Ellie discovered herself for the first time while she healed from the accident. The author did a great job with character development and making them three dimensional. I loved the interaction between the heroine and the guys in her life. There were some amazing heroes and secondary characters in this book. Even the parents were genuine and believable. I didn't see any plastic characters or ...more
Lauren Mawson
Apr 16, 2013 Lauren Mawson rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to start besides this is one of the best books I've ever read and I hate to read so that pretty good right? Well it was about this girl names Ellie that has an awesome boyfriend and is popular with good grades!!! One day on the way home with her friend after a party at her friends house she gets in a car accident and her friend Stasia died on the spot. The doctors thought she wouldn't make it, even though he did she had to spend 5 months in the hospital with a serious burn on ...more
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Jan 27, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure how I would like this book, it being a YA novel and what not. But as I sat down and read it, I found alot about this book that I loved. I liked the plot and I loved all the characters. A story of a popular and beautiful high school girl who feels that she's missing something in her perfect world. like it's not quite so perfect. Then she faces tragedy and it forever changes her life. The author uses wonderful characters that blend together perfectly.

Reading this story, I felt like
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Pamela Hubbard
Ellie has her life completely under control. She has a 4.0, a perfect boyfriend, good friendships and is involved in every charity and school group she can be. She is also an avid church-goer and an all-round wonderful person. But deep down, Ellie is extremely unhappy. She doesn't get a chance to analyze this discontent until her life changes in one split second. As a result of a tragedy, Ellie is burned on half her body and must undergo extremely painful procedures and months in the hospital. ...more
Brooke
Wow. I loved this book. Really. Loved.

Raw, powerful emotions were stirred up in me throughout the book. The author has created some witty, fun, deep characters that I couldn't help but love.

The story was told in alternating points of view between Ellie and her sister Megan, which I found really enjoyable. There wasn't any of the disruption or confusion caused by the switching POV that sometimes happens. It was smooth. The writing was brilliant too. Everything felt so real. Vivid, almost.

I adore
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Betsy :D
Jul 25, 2015 Betsy :D rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
IT WAS BEAUTIFUL !!!! ;) I LOVED IT I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT !!! I THOUGH THE WHOLE STORY WAS TRAGIC AND AMAZING AND JUST WONDERFUL!! I LOVED THE ENDING. I HATED THAT SHE DID NOT LOVE HER BOYFRIEND RYAN ... LIKE WHY NOT??? ....HE LOVES YOU BUT I LOVED THE WHOLE PLOT !! I ALSO LIKED WILL AND HONESTLY I REALLY DIDN'T CARE WHO SHE WOULD END UP WITH BUT I HOPE IT'S WITH RYAN I HOPE IN THE FUTURE THEY CAN BE TOGETHER AS FOR WILL THEY AGREE D TO JUST BE FRIENDS! WHAT HAPPENED TO HER REALLY DOES SUCK ...more
Clare Cannon
Nov 09, 2014 Clare Cannon marked it as goodreadingguide-com
Shelves: 13-15yrs
Flor's review: Beautiful
-It is a fairly predictable story about Ellie, a beautiful, popular girl who suffers a severe accident and looses everything she thought important, forcing her to re-asses her priorities and what defines her as a person.
-There are some interesting discussions about faith in God which was strong in Ellie as long as things were on the right track but is sorely tested once the accident takes place. She really struggles to see “God’s plan” in her pain.
-There is a romantic plo
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Trimble
Aug 13, 2016 Trimble rated it really liked it
When Ellie gets in a terrible car crash, the perfect life of the perfect girl is shattered. Her life suddenly becomes fragile and she quickly discovers who her real friends are and who truly loves her.

Beautiful is a book that causes you to reflect on how you might respond in a similar situation to Ellie's. It was interesting to see Ellie's reaction to the changes in her life and the struggles she dealt with--struggles she never anticipated experiencing. After becoming involved in the story, I lo
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Clare
Jul 03, 2012 Clare rated it really liked it
Well, this really was a fantastic book. It reflects everything I believe about beauty and the real value of our lives. The writing was awesome and the characters had depth. I enjoyed Megan the most. I really loved her character because she was not only smart but had such a great, if dry, sense of humor which really added to the story. Also, the story itself was incredibly moving. It was very sad at times. I really felt for Ellie and the incredible pain she endured. She too was a great character ...more
Tessa Hall
May 12, 2010 Tessa Hall rated it it was amazing
What I liked: I love how this novel was unique and didn't bring another cliche plot-line to the teen chick-flick genre. The issue was real, and Ellie had to go through the tough side of things to realize what true beauty is. This novel was definitely subtle about God. I don't think there was any part of this novel that was too preachy. The characters were very well-developed, and Cindy Martinusen-Coloma's style of writing is outstanding. I would love it if this book were turned into a film, or ...more
Cristina
May 01, 2011 Cristina rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It took till after the first 70 pages to really get into it, but in the end it was great. At first it was kinda hard to connect with the characters; Ellie was the epitome of perfection--or so everyone thought--but she was stand-offish, not just to other characters but to me as a reader. It wasn't till after the accident that I really started to feel a connection to anyone because that is when you see everyone's true character--in the face of tragedy.

Ellie's journey through p
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Lexie
Jul 06, 2013 Lexie rated it liked it
This book had a great message behind it, but I didn't enjoy the storyline very much. The beginning was okay, but near the middle it just got a bit slow and repetitive. It's about a girl named Ellie, who's super popular, super beautiful, and practically "perfect", but when she's in a car crash and there's a fire in the car-the whole left side of her body is burned. The story goes through her recovery and how she finds the purpose of her life, and realizes that outer beauty doesn't really matter. ...more
Sharmaine Dela Cruz
Jun 02, 2012 Sharmaine Dela Cruz rated it it was amazing
I didn't know that a book could affect the way I view things GREATLY after reading it.
Guess I'm not making sense. But what I'm trying to say is after reading this book, it got me thinking "What/Who has given worth to my life?" something like that. Some deep shit things like that.

But what I really love about this is I could picture and associate myself with Ellie. Maybe it has something to do with being an overachiever (though not to the point of wanting world peace and international humanitarian
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Sharmaine Dela Cruz
Jun 02, 2012 Sharmaine Dela Cruz rated it it was amazing
I didn't know that a book could affect the way I view things GREATLY after reading it.
Guess I'm not making sense. But what I'm trying to say is after reading this book, it got me thinking "What/Who has given worth to my life?" something like that. Some deep shit things like that.

But what I really love about this is I could picture and associate myself with Ellie. Maybe it has something to do with being an overachiever (though not to the point of wanting world peace and international humanitarian
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Malynda
Oct 14, 2010 Malynda rated it liked it
Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma is about a girl named Ellie Summerfield who appears to have the perfect life (perfect family, perfect friends, and perfect boyfriend). Of course, things are not always as they seem. Ellie and everyone in her life suddenly realize that life isn’t perfect, not even Ellie’s, when a tragedy forces them to discover what is important and what it truly means to be beautiful. This is the first book I have read by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma and it did not have the effect ...more
Becki
Feb 11, 2015 Becki added it
Shelves: book-collector
�Beautiful� is both the title of the book and the story held within its pages.\nEllie Summerfield has it all � looks, grades, status, the guy. However, she feels like something is wrong. In her? � With her? � Around her? She�s not really sure. Something is just off. \nIn a moment, her world changes. Ellie is launched on a journey to find her true purpose and the real meaning of beauty.\nI really enjoyed this book. The characters were real people with real issues and real insecurities. Bits of ...more
Bailey Stanley
Mar 28, 2014 Bailey Stanley rated it it was amazing
I am having a wonderful reading month :) This book touched my heart in so many ways. It is a mixture of funny, sad, and hilarious. I just didn't want to put this book down. So i didn't. I read it in one sitting and just DEVOURED it. This novel had so much potential! I have never read into the contemporary christian fiction genre but i loved it. With me being a Christian, this was the perfect read.
Beautiful is about a girl named Ellie and she is like.. not the popular girl in school but the one
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Nashiea Edmiston
This book really surprised me. I grabbed this book from the teen section of the local library as I looked for something for my elementary schooler to read, who plows through books but they have to appeal to her interests. This book really touches your soul, I was able to connect with the main character as she went through the range of emotions after suffering a debilitating car accident. The author did an excellent job of building up Ellie's perfect life; her beauty, her popularity, and her ...more
Kathy
Dec 11, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
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Josie Garwood
Nov 23, 2012 Josie Garwood rated it it was amazing
I have read this book twice, and I cry every time.

Every girl has been where Ellie has been; where her world went from its peak to hell in what seems like 10 minutes. And we have all had to find ourselves, some of us find ourselves again, and this is the story of Ellie finding herself again.

Even while Ellie had a perfect life, she felt incomplete, and I think that's what makes this book so relatable to all crowds.

Definitely a must-read. Especially for people who crave a character-driven novel.
Amariah Dixon
Feb 21, 2016 Amariah Dixon rated it really liked it
This book is very riveting. Character-wise, I wasn't too fond of how the parents were. In the beginning, they did not seem very involved in their children's lives. They were kind of flippant--but got better in the end. Aside from that, you quickly learn to care for rest of the characters and you feel their needs, emotions, etc. I read this book whenever I could. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I'm glad they did! It is also a very poignant story and the ending was really good. A ...more
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Cindy Coloma is a national bestselling author who has written twelve novels, including: Beautiful (2010 Christy Award finalist for Young Adults and 2011 Revolve Young Adult Tour featured book); The Salt Garden (one of Library Journal's best genre books in 2004); Song of the Brokenhearted (2013 ECPA bestseller with coauthor Sheila Walsh); Orchid House (2008 ECPA bestseller); and Winter Passing ...more
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“That moment simply that, a pause in the program, and then Stasia was once again forgotten, just as Ellie was. The night was for those who were there, not for those left behind.” 0 likes
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