Does Makeup Make You Pretty?

What Pretty Girls Are Made Of, the short novel by Lindsay Jill Roth, reads like the make-up industry’s version of The Devil Wears Prada.

Plot: Alison hasn’t been successful as an actress and is ready for a new, better-paying, secure job. She took a make-up class in school so when she reads that Sally Steele Cosmetics is hiring executives, she decides to switch careers. The owner, Sally, likes her enough to hire her as her executive assistant. She even calls Alison adorable nicknames on the phone – Alicat, Ali-gator, and the list goes on.  On her first day, Sally even lets Alicat leave work early to go enjoy the sunshine. Alison is on the job for weeks before her boss even asks her to make a cup of coffee. But the transition from sweet boss to a personality Alison calls “Makeup Mongrel” happens overnight, pushing Alison to give up even her relationship to make the job work.

Review: The plot isn’t very original, but it reads as a page turner, a story told to a friend, as opposed to a novel. The juxtaposition of stories to create a novel is awkwardly done. One story chronicles Alison’s work life, her relating her work nightmares to her friends, and her new boyfriend’s company having a prospective deal with her boss. That plot could have been developed to create the whole novel. But there is also Alison’s run-ins with a stalker aunt, her aunt’s name even appearing in Sally Steele’s records as a problem customer long before Alison got there, her grandfather being ripped off by his children, the descriptions of her family at dinner. While these could have been interesting situations in themselves, they didn’t add to the movement of the main plot and were resolved several chapters before the story wrapped up. As such, the dual story-lines were not adequately integrated.
But the ebook is only $1.99 for Kindle. Not a bad price to pay for a little light reading.
Author: Lindsay Jill Roth
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Rating: 3 stars out of 5 (although I think the story has the potential to earn a stronger score after some professional editing)
Purchase: What Pretty Girls Are Made Of (Kindle version) for $1.99
Disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this story from in exchange for a honest review.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Shaunacey says:

    I think I need to get a kindle so I can get deals like this lol! 1.99 for a light read seems very reasonable!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Run Wright says:

      So did you know you can get a kindle app for iPhone or iPad? That’s what I’m using.


  2. Kay R. says:

    Love the honest review girlie!! I like that its a page turner but bummer about it being awkwardly put together!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Run Wright says:

      Well, I read an advance reader copy so I really hope it is properly edited before it hits the market for real


  3. I need a new light reading book- those are my favorite for my bike time at the gym. Can’t wait to read this! 🙂 Thank you for the suggestion!

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  4. Katie says:

    really interesting…I’ll have to pick it up!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Riz says:

    Worth a read to see for myself since it sounds like a fun story. Saw other reviews for this same book and they were good so I’m excited to jump in!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Run Wright says:

      Good. I’d love to hear what you think when you read it


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