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)
: I received a free electronic copy of this story from Netgalley.com
in exchange for a honest review.