3.5 out of 5
From Nadine Haobsh, aka Jolie in NYC (“The poster child for the blogger generation…you can’t help but love her.”—New York Post), comes a delectable novel that only a true beauty industry insider could have written!
Bella Hunter may be down but she’s not out yet—and she’s ready to take on the world of beauty…one bad makeover at a time.
Pity the poor twenty-eight-year-old beauty expert and columnist for ultra-chic Enchanté magazine, knocked right out of her Jimmy Choos—and out of a job—when her off-the-cuff comment to a reporter is blown way out of proportion. Once the authority on style, Bella’s reduced to taking a position at Womanly World, a publishing dinosaur of no interest whatsoever to any woman under fifty. Suddenly she’s got to take orders from a dreary and dowdy beauty director—and is soon at war with her male publisher, who might actually be appealing if he wasn’t so totally frosty.
Bella’s supermodel boyfriend, a hometown wedding, and a Paris junket are fine distractions, to be sure. But how can she face her friends and ex-coworkers now that she’s stuck in an office where khaki—not Cavalli—is the way of life? And if beauty’s not what it’s all about…then what is?
This was actually a 3.5 for me. I almost quit this one after the first 25 pages but stuck through the main characters sob fest and was glad I did. Decent fiction debut with witty conversations, but could use a little paring down of the wordiness.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon A (January 27, 2009)