An unsuspecting teen goes from a trailer park to the cover of Vogue in this darkly comedic tale of self-discovery. While grieving her mother’s death, Becky is presented with an offer she can’t refuse: a famous designer will create three dresses to transform her into the world’s most beautiful woman, as he did for her mother before she faded into obscurity. Thus, Becky is magically transported into a life of glamour as the confident, stunning Rebecca. Naturally, there’s a catch: she has one year to get married or risk losing her new identity, and she sets her sights on a prince.
“When I wasn’t laughing out loud (which was often), I was wiping away a tiny tear.” –Meg Cabot, bestselling author of The Princess Diaries series “Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth and love and great wicked humor, whom we ignore at our peril.” –David Sedaris, bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day “[G]leefully wacky and irreverent . . . readers are treated to Rudnick’s considerable talents as a satirist as he uproariously eviscerates our celebrity-mad, class-conscious, appearance-obsessed, reality-TV-vapid culture with puckish delight . . . a wicked good time, with moments both outlandish and touching. And as a summer beach read? Well, it’s perfect.” –Libba Bray, New York Times Book Review “Paul Rudnick’s generous, open heart, scathing wit, encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and droll humor are all in force in his latest creation, GORGEOUS, which is aptly named. I absolutely adored this book and snort-laughed through the entire thing. You will too.” –Melissa de la Cruz, bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series “Rudnick’s first Y.A. novel is full of magic, snark, style, heart, and hilarity.” –The Atlantic Wire Huffington Post’s Five Things We’re Into This Week “Paul Rudnick’s young adult debut, Gorgeous, is not a fairy tale. ‘Because in real life, fairy tales always end badly.’ What it is is a satire sharp as a stiletto heel that takes on celebrity culture, the fashion industry, consumerism, and princess stories. Oh, and it’s wickedly hilarious.” –Boston Globe “With writing that’s hilarious, profane, and profound (often within a single sentence), Rudnick casts a knowing eye on our obsession with fame, brand names, and royalty to create a feel-good story about getting what you want without letting beauty blind you to what’s real.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review “Acute, wickedly funny observations on appearance and identity punctuate this sprawling, caustic fairy tale that cheerfully skewers the fashion and film worlds and their celebrity-culture spawn. . . . A Cinderella story with a difference, Becky’s journey to reconcile her inner household drudge and outer princess starts where most fairy tales end.” –Kirkus Reviews “Totally irreverent and wonderfully refreshing.” –RT Book Reviews
Gorgeous is now available in paperback. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HSRMm7zf00