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A modern-day fairytale--a major motion picturestarring Christina Ricci, Catherine O'Hara, James McAvoy, and Reese Witherspoon.

Penelope Wilhern has everything a girl could want: A wealthy, socialite family, an enchanted bedroom and some of the coolest clothes around. There is only one problem: She was born into a cursed family and has the face of a pig.
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Paperback, 1st Edition, Media-Tie, 230 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Valerie
First off I should say that I really like the story line, with the curse and all that. However, the author doesn't really go into depth with the characters. It's not that the characters are unlikeable, you just don't get the full idea of who they are.

I probably would've liked the book more if I hadn't watched the movie already. There were no surprises and the book pretty much follows the movie.

I liked the book, but if you already watched the movie you aren't missing out on much.
Alyssa
I'm always picky about books that come out after a movie, so the fact that I gave this four stars is completely indicative of the fact that it does the movie justice.
This book is about a girl who has the face of a pig. Or, rather, the nose of a pig, because she is really very pretty in spite of it. The only way she can get rid of her pig-nose is by breaking the curse that put it there, and the curse requires that she be loved by "one of her own kind."
So number one on my list of things-I-love-
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Carol Hardesty
As I'm sure many of you are aware by now, I love fairy tales. They're so simple yet so resonant. They show us how to be better people and encourage us to follow our dreams, no matter what the odds. So it's a rare and wonderful thing when a new, original fairy tale enters the world. As such, "Penelope" shows the right way to tell a modern-day fairy tale. Firstly, it's subtle in its storytelling; "Penelope" just sort of goes with the flow and lets you enjoy the story without bashing you on the hea ...more
Lindsey
Oh, the pain of disillusionment!

So this is just about my favorite movie of all time. Ever. I'm not going to claim that it's anything groundbreaking or world-changing like Star Wars or Breakfast at Tiffany's, but it's one of those movies that feels self-created and effortless; it wasn't written and cast and soundtracked and produced and acted out and recorded, it just grew out of the ground. (When something man-made seems natural, that is a very strong indicator that it was meticulously planned
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Penelope was an incredibly cute story. I loved reading about Penelope’s childhood as a girl with the face of a pig. It was such an emotional story that I felt very strongly connected to Penelope. Caveny did such a great job of drawing me into Penelope’s unusual world.
All of the characters were so well written. I fell in love with sweet Max and don’t even get me started on Penelope’s mother. I felt sorry for her and I was frustrated with her at the same time! Every character added their own
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Beth
Mar 21, 2008 Beth added it
I love this movie so I wanted to read the book based on the screenplay. I've finished it now and I did not like it. The story felt clunky and a bit all over the place and the writing was often rather awkward. It gave me a few chuckles (what with its over-the-top descriptions) but overall it was not a book I'd recommend.
Stephanie
Didn't get a chance to see the movie, so I got the book for three dollars at Half Price Books.

Definitely enjoyed reading it. I thought the plot was a clever inversion of the typical fairy tale story, and the twists and turns felt very natural (such as the reporter posing as her suitor, and the way Penelope becomes a celebrity just because she has a pig nose.) The plot didn't go that deep into the human psyche (you could do a lot more with questions about to what extent our appearance defines us,
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Lily
  

So, if you read the description of the book, it's pretty much spot on. It's about a girl with a pig's nose (not the entire face, only the nose because the rest was removed) who has been hidden away in her home for all of her life, meeting wealthy, blue-blooded men in order to find one to marry. The family interpreted the cure for the curse as this: it can only my lifted if she marries another blue blood. Along the way, she end up falling for a man trying to expose her, but he finds he has simil

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Alex
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SarahC
I am not sure how to judge novels adapted from screenplays, but this one I could not resist due to the movie being a great favorite of mine. It was a pleasant read bringing back so much of what I love of this story of a girl trying to find herself. It is an entertaining story with a really important message -- true parallels to everyday life actually. If nothing else, I will say go see the film - it is great.
Robin
Aug 24, 2014 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young people
Oh God! I wish there was 3.5! Because 3 stars do not feel right as well as 4 stars but I think 3 stars is more like it.
So! The book was kind of magical! I mean who dislikes a romantic fairy tail? I don't!
Penelope: She is a girl who wants to break free, free from everything! Her mother, her house, her pig like nose and the torture of rejection over and over again! Sometimes I felt she was being a little bit harsh towards Edward! For sure he was annoying and shallow most of the times but I felt
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Hannah
I love fairy tales, the this sounded like a cool story line.
I liked the idea of the curse that's been going for generations.

But you never go in depth with any character or the setting.
This makes it a bit hard to care for the characters.

Another issue that really bothered me was the change in point of view, it was me and I for a while then all of a sudden it was she and he said this to her etc. as if it was being narrated over a scene which in a movie of course would work but it annoyed me read
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Fatma
Penelope is a fantasy ,romantic, comedy story . It was released on 2006 .The directer of this book is Mark Palansky . It talk about a young women her name is Penelope she was from a wealthy family .She born with a curse that her nose will be like a big nose, her parents were very upset they did every thing to break the curse but they could not and the solution to break this curse was to find someone to except her as she is . One day she went outside to play with the kids but when they saw her th ...more
Marie
Fun easy read. Nice book for middle-school age kids.
Heather Hamilton
I gave Penelope only two stars because of the complete lack of originality in the book. I am probably being harsh.

On one hand, if the author's motivation was simply to put into purchasable print a modern day fairy tale, then congratulations! It is definitely a pleasant and appropriate book for pre-teens.

On the other hand, the fact that the book came after the screenplay presented an opportunity to the author that she did not take advantage of. My hope was that I would get expanded history and m
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Heather
This was a fun, entertaining adaptation. It was different enough from the film that it felt more like a book that was adapted into a film than a novelization. There weren't any overwhelming changes. Even though I liked the film versions better (if only slightly) in those cases, the differences made sense. They were either things that simply couldn't be done as well in a book as a film or, in one case, it smoothed over an awkward moment in the film. (view spoiler) ...more
Adrienne
Penelope Wilhern was born with a pig's snout instead of a nose, as a result of a curse placed on her family many generations before when a wealthy ancestor scorned a serving girl. Penelope's mother Jessica has hidden her away in their home, even faking Penelope's death to divert media attention. At the same time she's pretending Penelope is dead, Jessica is trying to break the curse placed on her daughter by finding a blue blood who will accept Penelope. When a potential suitor ends up running a ...more
Ariana Lane
I liked the book because it was like a fairy tale you read when you were younger, but it wasn't old fashioned like most fairy tales. The story was happening now. Also, I really liked the way Penelope handled the situation her mom put her in. Penelope had a curse on her. She was born looking like a pig and her family thought that if a "blue-blood" married Penelope, the curse would be broken. Because of that, her mom hired a matchmaker and kept bringing guys to the house to talk to Penelope and ho ...more
Veronica
I absolutely love the originality of the story. Surprisingly, this is one of the few modern fairytales that managed to pull at my heartstrings, making Penelope one of my favorite movies. Which is why I understand that the book might not have aligned with my secret fixation with the movie the way I would've liked. This project must have been a challenge for Marilyn Kaye--the rendering of a pre-made story into unique, believable words that wouldn't sound too much like an monotonously parallel echo ...more
Blablabla Aleatório
Todo leitor um pouquinho mais devotado sempre acaba implicando com algo quando um livro que já leu é adaptado para um filme ou série. E em grande parte das vezes, essas reclamações repousam no fato de que o filme ficou muito superficial e que os roteiristas não conseguiram passar para a tela as características mais marcantes de um determinado personagem. E quando é o contrário? Quando a adaptação parte do filme para o livro? Isso não é muito comum, mas vez ou outra acaba surgindo uma novelização ...more
Angelie
I read this book way back in the past, when I was still a lot younger in comparison to today. This was the first book that I read and it opened my eyes to an interesting world of fiction novels. The book itself was not that good, according to my current standards but I held such emotional attachments toward this book that I could never forget the memories of a new unexplained feelings.

Anyway, enough about me. As far as I can remember, the romantic content of this book is satisfyingly enough for
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Angela
This is an interesting twist because the book was written off the screenplay for the movie PENELOPE (instead of the other way around).

PENELOPE is a really cute modern-day fairy tale about a girl who learns to love herself for who she is instead of living the "when _____ happens to me, then I will be happy" myth.

If you have seen the movie then the story won't be a surprise to you. But there are several scenes from the movie that are expanded a bit more in the book to show you more of what was goi
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Nedda
I watched the movie first because of my obsession with James McAvoy, it was cute and sweet. The same can be said about the book. However, the fact that it was written after the movie had me worried, the story did seem a bit disjointed and all over the place. I don't believe it would've worked without the movie as an accompaniment. Still a lovely story/idea. 2.5/5
Kylene
I was really looking forward to reading this book...until I read the cover and realized that the book was based on the screenplay (ie the movie). I'm actually more fond of books that were written first... but I thought the movie was cute, and I thought perhaps this would give more depth to the characters. Nope. Naddah. Nil. Nothing. I felt like I was reading the movie...almost word for word, and it took me longer than just watching it.

I wanted to like it, so as I read, I thought that maybe this
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Andreia Silva
Este não é, como normalmente, um livro em que um determinado filme se baseou, mas sim um livro que nasceu do roteiro do próprio filme. Nunca tinha lido nenhum e por isso a impressão que tive durante a leitura é que estava a ver passar o filme à frente dos olhos, mas em modo escrito. Mas tal como o filme gostei da história. É inspirada na lenda antiga / conto de fadas que uma menina nasceu com cara de porco devido a uma antiga maldição que só um príncipe a poderia desfazer. E como todos os contos ...more
Amanda
One of the most disturbing things I find in fairy tales of the Disney variety is that there is always a damsel in some sort of distress waiting for a male to come and rescue her; ending in Happily Ever After. Whatever that means. Penelope finds herself put in this situation by her deformity, the family curse, and her mother's own persistence that she cannot have the happiness or adventure she so desperately craves without a man to break the curse; therefore revealing Penelope's "real" self. Fina ...more
Kate George
I loved the Movie Penelope, it has such a magical quality and the love story is tender. I picked up the book hoping it would have the same magical feel to it.My current work in progress needs some of that magical feel, current but also magical.

Had I realized the book was an after thought, written after the screenplay, I probably wouldn't have bought it. In my opinion books written after the fact typically fall flat. And this one followed that pattern.

It's written in first person but somehow lac
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Brooke
I love the story of Penelope... and I love the movie. But this book was awkward. Penelope the movie had a very strong voice about it, with a particular (and might I add, lovely) cadence/sound/feel. This book lacked that. Plus all sorts of random facts were changed that didn't need to be. Why did she open a shop instead of becoming a teacher? Though it did seem to fit her horticultaral side better. I don't know. It's hard enough when a book is made into a film, but I was disappointed that some of ...more
Alice Radwell
Aug 19, 2011 Alice Radwell rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who have seen the film, Anyone who loves a modern fairytale
Not a very faithful retelling of the film (which I adore), but does expand on some details not established in the movie. In fact, the book gives a rather drastically altered sequence of events, apparently adapted from the original script. A lot of the aesthetic is lost, and the characters are different and less vibrant. Also, the dialogue is forced and only a few lines resonate from the original motion picture. It's a very quick read, with a sweet message, and a gentle humour. The writing is a l ...more
Claire
I was well aware when I started this book that the movie came before the book rather than the other way around. Admittedly, I don't recall reading too many adaptations of movies. I liked this one. Granted when I was picturing the characters and places, I was using the movie as a reference but I don't think that took anything away from the reading experience. There is a small difference between the movie and the book, which is Penelope's profession at the end of the book. I think the book better ...more
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