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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,337 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Despite her massive size, Meghan Ball is the most invisible person at Valley Regional High. People say things in front of her as if she doesn?t exist. And most of the time, she feels like she doesn?t? until Meghan sees Aimee Zorn. Aimee is as skinny as Meghan is large, and as outwardly angry as Meghan is inwardly sad. Meghan instantly recognizes a kindred spirit in Aimee, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 28th 2009 by Speak (first published June 12th 2008)
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Wyshona D. Lawson The main problem is that there are two girls who obviously have eating disorders and who do not seem to belong anywhere. The main problem is that…moreThe main problem is that there are two girls who obviously have eating disorders and who do not seem to belong anywhere. The main problem is that children are cruel. The main problem is that high school is a hierarchy, and more often than not, the lower levels suffer.

I enjoyed the varied viewpoints of Aimee and Meghan. I think there are some characters that could have been fleshed out more, but I don't agree with you that it "SUCKED."(less)
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Jen
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone on my Goodreads list!
I've tried to write a professional and captivating review for this book for the last 10 minutes, but I'm just too excited about it to sit still and get it all out properly. Let me just summarize with bullet points:

- one girl is obese, and one girl is tiny, yet there is no mention of dieting or counseling and no attempt to "fix" the girls in any way, shape, or form

- there is no clear beginning or end, and the plot is a building block, not scaffolding

- the language is poetic without overreaching,
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Karen
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com

Meghan is obese. She is the largest person at Valley Regional High and her hulking size, oddly enough, allows her to blend into the background. Most people are too uncomfortable to make eye contact and most teachers are content to allow her to remain silent during class discussions. Meghan doesn't have any friends, but she knows a lot about everyone at school.

Aimee is reed thin. Her list of foods that give her a "bad reaction" grows every day. Abou
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Silver
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!
I gave a five-star rating to a book that left me dazed and slightly hollow. Incredibly poetic and beautiful.
An anorexic girl/a humongous girl ("made of mud and cellulite" --my now favorite descriptive phrase).
A moment for revenge.
High school.
It could have been a hugely cliched story--but altering voices and the writer's chosen wording kept it from becoming that.
Jamie Felton
This book was amazing. Not only was the subject matter fascinating, the characters well-developed with personalities that are original and unique, but the message George is getting across was incredibly powerful. Her word choices and imagery are beautiful, and she uses descriptions that make the story that much more compelling.
Meghan Ball ("Butter Ball") and Aimee Zorn are opposites. Meghan is obese while Aimee is struglling with an eating disorder; however, they are both adrift emotionally wit
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Harley Burger
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
What is it like to be invisible? Ask Meghan Ball and Aimee Zorn, the two protagonists of Madeleine George’s novel Looks. Looks is a realistic fiction/ teen fiction novel due to its straightforward depiction of serious real-world themes such as bullying and anorexia in a high school setting. It shows the problems many teenagers today face and how their everyday interactions can impact the way they act and how they interact with others. This is a very interesting novel written from a unique point ...more
Gehad
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*TIP: Judging a book by its cover, always leads to surprises

I know it’s wrong to judge a book by it’s cover, but I do it anyways. The second I laid eyes on this book, the title caught my attention. I mean, look how “LOoks” is written, so funky and cool.

Here’s the tricky part about Judging a book by it’s cover (Especially for this book)
1. You pick up the book, distracted by the title.
2. Then you actually read the title.
3. The title makes you think it’s about people getting judged by how they loo
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France
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I was interested in what the blurb said. After reading the first few pages I couldn't put it book down. I liked this book because it was expressing what is actually happening in the world, social injustice, stereotyping and bullying.

This book covers the 'book with themes related to those we've studied in class in the 1st half of the year' category on the book blog bingo board. I was really interested in completing this category because I quite liked our topic of inequali
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E
Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to E by: YALSA / ALA
Shelves: ya-novels
If this book were a teen movie it would have received a high rating and been placed alongside Heathers for its nihilistic tone, humour, and uncomfortably accurate portrayals of the "ethically complicated" social lives of teenagers. The poems in this book – the one that's supposed to be really good, at least – is actually pretty impressive (especially when one considers that it's supposed to have been written by a 14-year-old!).

Looks is fast-paced and raw and a little mean, with a lovely dreamy
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Leann
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I don't even know where to begin, but this novel was fantastic. Meghan is an outcast, and I really felt her pain. I thought this novel was so true to the horrors of high school, because let's face it, people can be harsh. Whenever J-Bar bullied her, I could see it happening. This novel dives deeply into a lot of issues like anorexia, obesity, betrayal, bullying, isolation, invisibility, I could go on. It felt so real to me. This novel really changed the way I look at some people, and I'm so ...more
Kristy
I couldn't finish this book because I just didn't have it in me to go to the dark places teen novels so often take you these days. The story centers on a two girls: one extremely overweight and one terribly anorexic, who use food in similiar ways to express themselves. They navigate the deadly halls of high school and team up together to get revenge on those who have wronged them. This, as far as I could tell from the 50 or so pages I read, is the basic plot.
I just. couldn't. do . it.
On one ha
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Rekha
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meghan and Aimee are both invisible in their own ways. Meghan's obesity renders her a non-person to everyone at school and Aimee's eating disorder make her almost literally disappear into herself. They find each other and partner up to seek revenge against two popular kids who have hurt them both in different ways.

The best thing about the book was the poetic language. I paid close attention to all the imagery and the way the book is written elevates the story and made me forget about things that
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Jay G
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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Meghan Ball and Aimee Zorn are both invisible in their own way. Meghan is obese and people tend to pretend she doesn't exist where Aimee is extremely thin and seems to disappear into herself. Meghan begins to feel a strong need to connect with Aimee, but Aimee wants nothing to do with her. When a common enemy brings the two girls together, in order to get their revenge.

This book was ext
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Rebecca
May 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure what made me dislike this book so much.

There were aspects of it that I did like. The descriptions and I felt that the author did a good job making me feel sick to my stomach when something awful happened to one of the characters but in the end I felt more depressed than any other emotion. I don't think I actually got anything from the book but a gloomy headache. Which I guess is good because a book is not supposed to make me feel comfortable with eating disorders I should not be c
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Johanna
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
January 3, 2016
Johanna Estrada
Book review 4
Pages 256
Book: Looks
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      This book was good, it was written by Madeline George. It was about two girls who wanted revenge, because a popular girl had humlitated them. At first Meghan and Aimee weren't friends, Meghan the one who was once in the popular group got really fat so her popular friends turned on her. Aimee has anorexia so Cara was making fun of her disorder. Meghan and Aimee got together to plan something to get revenge on Cara. To me
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TheSaint
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Looks will be popular with YA girls who use your catalog to look up "anorexia." But I can't go out of my way to recommend it, due to the overabundance of stereotypical characters. Aimee, the wan, poetic anorexic, Meghan, the frightened fatty, J-Bar the bully; along with the tweedy English teacher and the gung-ho coach. The only one that really kept my attention was the girl-bully Cara. She was so deliciously mean, you can fully imagine, and vicariously participate in the vengence she inspired.
Molly
May 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not what I expected. It is the story of two girls who, outwardly, are very different, but are drawn to one another. The use of second person in the first and last chapters makes the reader perceive his or her own story as well as the story of Aimee and Meghan, the two main characters. Feels more literary than most YA, but I did get hung up on some of the figurative language.
Amy
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my very favorite YA books from 2008. Made me cry. Beautifully written.
Sascha
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sick-girl-lit
initially rated this 3 stars but decided to bump it down to 2 after thinking over my feelings about this book. i was compelled to read this based on the eating disorder aspect as well the angle of getting revenge on a mean girl. i didn't really feel like there was a payoff to either of those.

meghan ball is the fat girl who is never seen. she can go through the school as she pleases and hears everything about everyone. she remembers all the gossip and it seems to be the only thing keeping her afl
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Becky
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George, Madeleine. 2008. Looks.

Start in the sky. Look down at the valley. Green, plush, peaceful landscape. Drop down a little, towards the town, then skim over it, past the low beige buildings of the university, the clean white spires of the Congregational churches, the flat green welcome mat of the town common, out towards the edge of town, towards Valley Regional High School, a rambling, one-story brick building surrounded by soccer fields, field hockey fields, football fields, parking lots.
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Eva Reebel
I loved the theme of this book. It kind of represented the idea that you should love yourself for the way you are. The main characters, Aimee Zorn and Meghan Ball, are brought together, though they are very different. Meghan brings up many times that she is very visible, yet invisible. She says this because she is very massive in size, but everyone seems to pretend that she isn't around when they are making fun of her. Aimee, however, is the exact opposite: she is horribly anorexic. It is at one ...more
Morgan Maier
This book was a very interesting read. Meghan becomes very concerned about Aimee's well being especially since she started being friends with Cara. Meghan knows Cara very well they used to be best friends in middle school and Cara hurt her very badly and they stopped being friends. She is starting to keep tabs on aimee to make sure Cara is not hurting her. She then comes to the fact that she needs to inform Aimee on what kind of a person Cara is. Meghan waits at Aimee's house afterschool to try ...more
Chassidy Evans
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because it makes me think about my feelings and makes me realize what i should do better in life. It also makes me realize that just because people don’t act the same or look the same as someone else you shouldn’t judge them they have there own personality and their own style. I like this book because it makes you realize not to try to change people. There are also some parts about bullying you shouldn’t bully someone just because how they look or how they look.

This book makes m
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Gisela Escobedo
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1.The main conflict of the characters was that Meghan was basically a invisible and over weight person and she had no friends and tried to fit in, while Aimee was really skinny and didn't either have friends. They were both bullied by the same girl and they both decided to team up against her and get revenge.
4. The two most important trait about Meghan is that she was independent and strong its important because she can show how someone can be alone and doesn't need someone to be with her and s
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Sylvia
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings about this novel of two female high school outsiders, 1 obese, the other anorexic. The theme of judging people by their looks is addressed along with the typical bullying and isolation. The "mean girl" fits into the story but is quite stereotypical. I really liked the exploration of psychological exploration into the causes of these two opposite eating disorders. The story moves along very slowly and will take a patient reader to read through to the end. Some of the events seem pl ...more
Carmen Jager
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a really good lesson on how people judge books by their covers and how what goes around comes around. Meghan Ball is the most invisible person at school while also being the most visible. Everyone can see her huge body, but they all completely ignore her existence. Aimee is anorexic. She is a really good poet. They both have an enormous hatred of Cara Roy because she stole Aimee’s poetry and abandoned Meghan when she needed her most. Their forces combined created a plan that could ...more
Amber
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book it about a girl named Meghan who is overweight. People say all sorts of things about Meghan and the people make her feel as if she doesn't exist. Meghan meets a girl that changes are life. I disliked this book because the event where boring and it feel like the book went on for ever. I wouldn't recommend reading this book.
Kelly
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful book about sensitive subjects. I agree with the many who have said this book is like poetry; I read many lines more than once because of the way they were written.
Jessica Bodily
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took the perspectives of both a fat and skinny girl and showed how their pain was the same. This book does not have a neat and tidy ending, but I didn't mind.
Rachel
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-stars
DNF.

This just wasnt for me. It was mainly about Poetry not Eating Disorders.
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“Hunger is a blade that carves me
I open my arms and pull the air in
-big hug!-
then poof, right through me, nobody there.
It's only me holding myself.
My arms wrap two times
around my own ribs,
meet behind my back for a secret
handshake.
I am not what was expected.
I'm so sharp-
it's cut me now I'll cut you.
Come closer
closer
No, come closer
I'm gonna make you see what I see.”
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“It's not an honest face. It's not a kind face. It's a face made of anger and secrets and lies. From the tight, guarded mouth to the clenched, square jaw to the glossy shimmer of I-dare-you that coats the surface of her eyes, Aimee's face is a scary place for Meghan's gaze to rest. But beneath the gloss, behind the sharpness and tension, deep at Aimee's core, Meghan can see something warm and real. It's the same unnameable thing she saw in the sickroom on the first day of school. It's the same thing she feels pulsing softly deep in her own chest.” 4 likes
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