Review: Beauty – Louise Mensch.

beautyBeauty on the face of it is a good book. It follows Dina Kane, neglected child whose father died and whose mother preferred the brother, not the perfect girl who was more beautiful than her from birth.

She was smart, her brother wasn’t. She was refused college, he was given it when he couldn’t live up to it. She went around her mother to stop her addiction and problems, make her sort her life out, before she left the family home as a teen to make her own way in the world.

Power! Success! Beauty! Dina was not to be stopped. Continuously, her beauty was commented on, and she was underestimated but her intelligence saw her turn over mega money, find real sources of power and become respected, coming back when hurdles struck her down.

But, here’s the thing. While the book is really easy to get into – I cannot remember a book I read with such ease – it’s very one dimensional in characters. Edward, yeah he’s easy to hate (as is the intention) but it’s too cut and dry, rich brat with issues. It’s too jumpy, from her brother, to her lawyer, to this, to that. You think, “Well, she’s brought this person up out of nowhere so clearly something’s about to happen.”

There was no real surprise in that sense, because it was clear who would pop up where, and more often than not where it was going pages in advance. Plus, the arc of her beauty was just boring, and one of the tiredest plot points is overbearing romance, and to be head over heels in love without so much as a couple of hours real time together is a no go.

So, it’s easy, and the powerful woman making her way in a world that initially didn’t want her, then seemed put off by her beauty is a great thing. She defeats the odds. It is, however, too easy. It’s a meteoric rise and, frankly, half the time she’s easy to dislike. Her determination is all-consuming and rude, and her past discretion in regards to those photos is just a childish overreaction.

You will literally hate the name Dina Kane by the end of it, because… well, anyone who meets her never forgets her, or can’t call her by anything other than her full title. It was, simply, alright.

Pub: Feb 2014 | Headline

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