Diary of an Ugly Ducklingby Karyn Langhorne, Karyn Langhorne Folan Published 27 Jun 2006
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What makes an otherwise sane woman appear on a reality TV show?Especially one as drastic as Ugly Duckling? For Audra Marks, the last straw comes when she loses her shot with handsome Art Bradshaw to the prettier and lighter-skinned Esmeralda Prince. Audra's always lived in a classic movies fantasy world of diva dames and handsome heroes, where the costumes are gorgeous, the good guys always win, and love always triumphs. But now, her heart broken, she's decided to do anything to get back her man and show her hypercritical mother she can "pretty up" with the best of them in the bargain.
After all, if the folks at Ugly Duckling can transform a homely, buck-toothed white girl into a ravishing beauty, just think what they'll be able to do with Audra! But until she truly believes she's beautiful inside, it won't matter how hot and pretty they make the outside package. And Audra's obsession with perfection may be leading her farther and farther away from what's really important -- and blinding her to the love that's been waiting there all along . . .
"Diary of an Ugly Duckling" Reviews
Given the author is a Harvard law school graduate as well as a law professor, the very idea of her choosing this (Ugly Duckling Turned Swan) premise intrigued me.
It certainly was well written, and infused with unusual cultural and occupational references -- particularly for this genre. But was it a good read? Not really.
Another - two in a row! :( - that I couldn't get into. I thought this was so boring that I might cry. I didn't like the old movie quotes and I didn't really like the main character.
I don't think this is entirely the reason but part of the reason I didn't get into it could be that she reminded me of someone. And it wasn't a good remembrance so that could have affected my feelings....
But I just didn't like it. Hopefully I'll like Street Level (I think that's the title) because I already have that one tucked away someplace.
this is a really fab book.
when i first read this book i thought it was an auto bio...but was suprised that it was a novel...
this book is a comedy/tear jerker...well worth the read
the main line in this book is
fat, black and ugly. some parts of the book brought tears 2 my eye...
good book diffently makes you think about self image and how we view others.... but hard to get through because it was also sad.
Unfortunately, a cliche'
Amazing book! Fantastic sociological take on women's body-image and the courage to be beautiful no matter your dimensions, color or heritage. Karyn Langhorne: thank you! (With just enough 'sexy' thrown in to keep it an adult book.)