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Prettiest Doll (Hardcover)
It's good to be pretty. I m really lucky. So begins the story of thirteen-year-old Olivia, or Liv, who started winning beauty pageants at age three. Lately she's been wondering, however, if that's all she is. She gets a chance to find out when she meets a runaway named Dan and they embark on a trip to Chicago, each determined to uncover family secrets. This story of two teens from very different backgrounds making their way in a world preoccupied with physical appearance sparkles with wry humor, romance, and a revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of beauty pageants.
"This is a sweet and gentle offering."—Booklist
"Willner-Pardo deftly captures the complexity of adolescence as these resilient teens endeavor to define their identities and establish control over their lives."—Kirkus
"Willner-Pardo gives Olivia a realistically conflicted narrative voice . . . [Olivia's] growth is organic and genuine."—Publishers Weekly