Outside Beauty

Outside Beauty

Book - 2008
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"My mother had four daughters by four different men."

There's only one way Shelby and her sisters can describe their mother: She's a sexpot. Helen Kimura collects men (and loans, spending money, and gifts of all kinds) from all over the country. Sure, she's not your typical role model, but she's also not just a pretty face and nail polish. She is confident and brave; she lives life on her own terms, and her four daughters simply adore her. These girls have been raised outside the traditional boundaries. They know how to take the back exit. They know how to dodge crazed lovers in highway car chases. They do not, however, know how to function without one another.

Then suddenly they must. A late-night phone call unexpectedly shreds the family apart, catapulting the girls across the country to live with their respective fathers. But these strong-willed sisters are, like their mother, determined to live life on their own terms, and what they do to pull their family back together is nothing short of beautiful.

At turns wickedly funny and insistently thought-provoking, Outside Beauty showcases Cynthia Kadohata's unerring ability to explore the bonds that bind.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2008.
ISBN: 9781416998181
1416998187
9780689865756
0689865759
Characteristics: 265 p. ;,21 cm.

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gunajea
Jan 29, 2012

Shelby’s mother has always been strong, independent, and knows just what to do. But that’s just what thirteen year old Shelby thinks. But when Shelby’s mother is hurt in a car accident Shelby and her three other sisters must live with their four other fathers. The only problem is the girls have never been separated in their life and they have to protect one another. I would recommend this to anyone 13 or older. A similar book is Kira Kira also by Kadohata, Cynthia.

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sciullin
Jan 04, 2012

This book really grasps the flaws we have and embracing them and working towards staying together and enjoying what we have the inner beauty of all of us the part that counts in life

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beauty_123
Nov 20, 2011

i really enjoyed that book! it kept me into the book till the really last page.

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denisevn
Mar 05, 2010

A strong, moving book that talks about 4 very close sisters that have to be separated when their mom gets in an accident. I loved this book.

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mauve_monkey_41 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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