Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: Here's Lily by Nancy Rue


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is.

In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty.

This best-selling, biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains.
MY TAKE:

These days, people place a lot of emphasis on looks. This book is a good way for young girls to differentiate between primping just to be pretty and emphasizing your looks to enhance it.

Here's Lily tells the story of Lily Robbins, a young girl with some self-confidence issues due to her classmates' bullying. As with what you see on shows like America's Next Top Model, awkward can translate to high fashion, and Lily finds herself in a modeling class run by a modeling agency.

For young girls with an interest in modeling, this is a great way for them to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes at a modeling agency. However, this book isn't just about physical beauty. It's also about having faith and trusting in God's love for us.

Lily got a little bit annoying sometimes because of the way she constantly put herself down, but as she became more confident, she got easier to like. I also didn't like the way that her parents just let her brothers tease her. Some of their comments were beyond mean. Of course, by the end, her mother did straighten them out, but still, it's not nice.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tommy Nelson for the e-ARC. Publication date for Here's Lily is on May 1, 2012.

THE GOOD:
  1. It has a good lesson.
  2. It encourages girls to have more faith in God's love for them.
  3. Girls will find it easy to relate to Lily.
THE BAD:
  1. Some people might find this book a little bit preachy.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
"I taught you to look at the special gifts and qualities God gave you."
READ IT IF:
  1. Your daughter feels she's not pretty enough.
  2. You want your child to be closer to God.
  3. Your child loves modeling and fashion.
RATING:
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