05 March 2011

Review: Looks by Madeleine George

Looks by Madeleine George
published 2008
bought my copy

Meghan Ball is the biggest girl at her high school and her massive weight makes her the victim of mockery so she tries to stay invisible. She is a loner and nobody really knows her.
Aimee Zorn is as skinny as Meghan is overweight. However when Aimee starts to attend Meghan's high school, Meghan is excited because she thinks she has finally met a kindred spirit. But Aimee is at first not interested in a friendship with the girl she conceives as weird. She is too occupied with not eating to realize that Meghan could be a true friend.
When Aimee is deceived by a girl she trusted, she turns to Meghan for help. Will they together be able to make their lifes less lonely and will they be able to build a friendship that doesn't care about looks?

When I saw the cover of "Looks" on the wonderful blog that cover girl I was immediately drawn to the book and wanted to know more about it. What I read sounded fascinating so I bought a copy. 

Even though I usually read romances "Looks" worked perfectly for me. Right from the start on I was mesmerized by Madeleine George's way of writing. At the beginning of the book I was excited to see if the two main characters could capture my interested and soon after starting to read I felt what Meghan and Aimee felt and I empathised with what happened to them. Especially Meghan made a lasting impression on me because her character made me think about our society's bad habit to judge people by how they look and not by how they act & treat others. 
Meghan and Aimee both had to learn to find their own voice and to stand up for them. There are a lot of powerful, thought-provoking scenes in "Looks", not only surroundig the two girls but also about what is important in the school system. There is one scene that especially stands out. In this scene Meghan binges on food after a confrontation with Aimee and her fight to drown her feelings through eating made my heart break a bit. Madeleine George managed to make me feel in a way that only a few authors have achieved so far.

Both eating disorders, Meghan's extreme overeating and Aimee's not eating, are portrayed in a way that felt sensitive and shocking. Especially the isolation that results from the eating disorders were portrayed in a powerful way. 
I loved that Madeleine George doesn't need a complicated language or a lot of words to create various, strong emotions and with one sentence she was able to make me rethink things. Not only were the story and especially the characters fascinating, I was also happy with how the book ended because it was realistic and still full of hope. 

Both covers are amazing and ingenious.

final appraisal
"Looks" by Madeleine George is a very special and impressive book that made me feel deeply and touched my heart. The author's way of writing and her characters made this book such a joy to read. 
I would recommend this book to all readers interested in stories that create strong emotions. 


  1. This sounds like a great read! I am adding it to my wish list. Thanks, Sabrina!

  2. I am so glad to learn you loved this book! I am definitely going to read it whenever I get out from underneath my piles of books to be read. =)




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