Summary: Ted doesn’t think of herself as glamorous. But her gorgeous sister Ava is. So when it’s Ted who spotted by a model agency, at the same time that Ava is diagnosed with cancer, things have clearly gone very wrong. Ted isn’t interested in modelling but Ava wants her to give it a try. Just how far will Ted go to please her sister? And what sacrifices will she have to make?
When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought that it sounded very similar to Geek Girl by Holly Smale. However, similar premises is the end of all comparisons to that book as The Look is very, very different. And is just as good in it’s own unique and serious way. This was my second Sophia Bennett book and while I didn’t love it as much as You Don’t Know Me, I still really enjoyed it and it has made me want to read more books by her.
There Is More
One thing that Sophia Bennett is good at, is writing novels centering around important, sensitive topics and making sure her characters are at the forefront of the novel. I especially love this about her books andd feel that this worked well with The Look. This book looks at the modelling industry, cancer, and the struggles of simply being a teenager in the recession. And it did it all in ann entertaining, albeit emotional, way. Sophia manages to touch on these topics sensitively and I just couldn’t help but devour this book.
As mentioned above, Sophia is very good with characters by creating character-driven plots and she definitely did that in this book. I instantly connected with Ted. I found her to be a relatable character and I really enjoyed following her on her journey in this book. She is caring, sensitive, loyal, and every bit as naive as a fifteen year old should be. But, also, the minor characters are incredibly well-written too. Like Ava and Jesse, and I loved that you were able to see their journey’s too. And Nick too, obviously!
Than You Know
While I may not have enjoyed this as much as You Don’t Know Me, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yet again Sophia has written a book that is emotionally moving, holds fascinating and lovable characters, and brings topics to light in a sensitive way. It is an entertaining read that you won’t want to put down and will be sad to finish. I can definitely see myself re-reading this in the future and reading more from Sophia Bennett soon!