May 3, 2009
“Beauty” doesn't pander to young girls but it isn't heartless, either. In the first pages Gemma is throwing a petulant little fit and fighting with her mother and I thought “great, another bratty heroine.” I was pleased at how quickly she wanted to make up. There is a lot she doesn’t know, but she’s learning, and her lessons are exciting – full of dark strangers, visions, and magic. She is not perfect and neither are her friends. Sometimes they aren’t nice and sometimes they make the wrong choices, but Gemma at least seems to have remorse and make changes. I’m rooting for her, but I’m a little wary of her friends.