Overall Impression: *** 1/2
Who/What decided me: I honestly can’t remember. I’d like to think I made the decision on my own, it could have just been the alluring cover and title, if forget though.
Short synopsis (Goodreads): THE TRANSFORMATION
Beth has always been “The Beast”—that's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.
THE LOVE AFFAIR
When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek's untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek's eyes? She's not The Beast, she's The Beauty.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?
The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek's been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.
My Review: I went in to this book a little skeptical. My cup of tea normally consists of paranormalicy, historical fiction, action and romance, or a heavy dose of all. This one still pleased me, no matter that it was set in present day times and that there were no werewolves. This book has a sweetness all its own. (Plus, I really, really, really like the cover; it makes me smile every time I see it...and say 'awww,' with little doe eyes, I like it that much).
Add to that the fact that I was able to relate to Beth, A LOT. Pimples suck, and being tall doesn’t make finding guys that easy. The development of her character and her relationships were very well described.
I will admit, this book made me cry. I was tired at the time (it was the holiday’s so I’ve been staying up late) but all the same it was a very touching book. I still think about it, even though I’m reading several other books right now as well.
The book wasn’t perfect, but I can’t really think about anything that stuck out to me as something I didn’t like. Overall, well worth the read (and just so you know, it doesn’t get sad until the very end…that way you can start it, even if you’re not in the mood to cry).