She also spends a lot of time doing.
As I mentioned earlier, once Ted began the process of modeling – life became a whirlwind for her. She was constantly having to be here, go there, have pictures made, etc. She took it all in stride and learned so much from it – part of this is because it meant so much to Ava and brought Ava so much happiness. Ted’s modeling was something that she and Ava shared, even though that sounds kind of unusual, and Ted knew that. She also appreciated that she was able to make some extra money that her family needed at this critical time in their lives.
While all of this modeling action is taking place, Ted is having lots of thoughts and it is nice to be able to get into her head and see what she’s thinking. She is never really sure she wants to be a model, first of all – remember she was approached? She never pursued this modeling-thing on her own; she did it at the
nudging encouragement of her sister and for a while she kept it up because it made Ava happy and gave them something to talk about, something to share, something in common. Eventually she did begin to enjoy it some – but the more she immersed herself in it, she found that she liked the industry of modeling – the behind-the-scenes. Thru this sidetrack into modeling, she was able to find out that there are things that she enjoys doing, and she was able to figure out how to pursue them. This is something that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED about the book because it showed some character development and pursuit of goals/hobbies/dreams for our main character. I digress.
She was also able to meet a few people, including this one guy.
Okay so when I started The Look by Sophia Bennett, I read it and took it all in – but I had to take a few days to really sit and process how I felt about the story. Overall, I liked it. I think it’s a great book, but there are only one or two things that I wish were different.
First of all, Ted and Ava as sisters are wonderful. I am a huge lover of sibling relationships in books – I will probably love them forever. Sisters that love each other as much as these two do just beg to be read. These are the types of girls that would do anything for one another, that feel one another’s burdens and desires and hopes and dreams, and they genuinely want the best for one another. They love each other and their relationship – and friendship – was written incredibly. I applaud Sophia Bennett for this, because I enjoyed how much I loved these two girls.
Ted is a very interesting main character. It’s clear TO ME from the descriptions that the author provides that she certainly does have that model appearance, so I am not surprised at all every time some big-name modeling person makes a huge deal over her. The fact that Ted just doesn’t see “the look” when she looks at herself is something that I enjoyed about her – that she isn’t wrapped up so much in herself that she only sees her face, her body, her walk, what she eats, etc. Ted is a girl that wants to wear whatever she wants, she wants to eat what she wants, and she wants to wear her hair the way she likes it. In fact, her hair is a HUGE part of the book and part of the reason I liked her. And Ava – in the beginning, Ava has her own life and much of it is wrapped up in her boyfriend and friends. Once she receives her diagnosis, she clings to her family which is so nice to see. Watching those two girls become closer over something so horrifying as sickness made something positive out of something negative.
It was interesting to read a book that took me inside the world of modeling – but not too terribly deep. I actually enjoyed what I was reading and even chuckled a few times. Modeling is just something that I don’t know much about (even though I love watching a few of the reality shows when I take time to watch TV – Make it work, people!). And though I’ve mentioned that this book has cancer in it, I wouldn’t call it a “cancer book” – BUT I will say that it does a wonderful job of showing what happens when a family member is diagnosed, the day-to-day emotions of the entire family, and how each person copes in their own way. Still, on top of all of the modeling and sickness, the thing that stuck out to me most of all is the sisters and their love for each other and their friendship. So good, you guys.
I mentioned a guy, which means there is a fledgling of a romance. This guy is introduced early on in the book and I have to admit that I liked him right away AND I wondered if he would be a romantic interest for Ted. But as the book progressed, he would pop up here and there and not enough, in my opinion, to constitute any sort of real relationship. We watch Ted crush on him, struggle with whether or not he’s thinking of her, whether or not he even likes her after a few things he says, and then at the end there is finally some sort of build-up to a
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relationship. In my opinion – and this is just mine – this isn’t enough of a relationship to really occupy a story. Should it even be in here? I’m not sure. I really enjoyed this guy’s character – he was quirky, he brought something different to the story, and he really made Ted think about her actions and her life in general. SO…I think had he been more present in the story, I would’ve like it better. As it stands, I’m a bit disappointed that the romance was so far on the back burner. However, I think lots of readers will appreciate this because not everyone wants romance every time.
The other thing that I wish was different in the story is the direction in which Ted took her modeling career. The summary asks the question “…will she have to choose between family and fame?” and I’m not sure how I feel about that, to be honest. And also to be honest, I feel like I might be in the minority on this one. Speaking too much about it might give away spoilers, so I won’t go too far into details, but I will say that I think that people can do more than one thing and have more than one thing in life that is really important to them…as long as they have balance in their lives and moderate well. Ted is a bit wobbly with trying to manage her family and her modeling – AS ANYONE WOULD BE IN THE BEGINNING – and struggles to find a balance, and I’m not sure that she was ever given a chance to find that balance before she makes her decision one way or another. I would’ve loved to see more in this area because I kind of feel like the book just…stopped. I know this is vague but I don’t want to spoil it, but I’d love for you all to read it and let me know how you feel.
The Look by Sophia Bennett is a book that will resonate with several types of people: people that enjoy YA contemporary with issues, people that enjoy contemporary without romance as a large theme, people that enjoy modeling and the world of fashion, people that enjoy books set in London, and especially people that love a great family dynamic and wonderful sibling relationships. This book is great for a lot of people and I liked it. I wish that it had been just a little longer so these two little details that I felt were lacking could’ve been developed a little more, but I would have no problem recommending this one to reading friends that enjoy the things that I’ve mentioned above.
The Look will appeal to fans of:
YA Contemporary with Issues
Romance: Very slowly developing. No triangle.
(The romance is barely even there, actually.)
Great Setting: London
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