Waking Beauty: A Novel

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Three Rivers Press, 2004 - Fiction - 244 pages
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What would you do if you went to bed ugly, fat, and depressed and woke up the next morning in the body of a goddess?
This is exactly the miracle that befalls Allison Penny, who has spent most of her twenty-two years on this earth in a serious slump (to say the least).

Having long since given up on her life, Allison is stuck in an apartment with an evil sexpot roommate, trapped in a dysfunctional relationship with her alcoholic mother, and miserably working as a cleaning lady to pay the bills. Now, of course, Allison wastes no time in test-driving her new looks, and she experiences all of the power and fun that come with being gorgeous. Men and modeling agencies are falling all over her, and she finally has the con'dence to live her life without trying to disappear into the background. But even for the beautiful people, things can get complicated, and soon Allison finds herself with a whole new set of problems.

Darkly hilarious, engaging, and full of surprises, Waking Beauty is a modern-day fairy tale with an all-too-real moral: No matter how much we hate to admit it, it’s what’s on the outside that counts.

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

Well I really enjoyed this little book. Finished it yesterday. Just a fun very witty dark humour book. So different than other chick lit books. I am going to check if she wrote more books. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Forget compassion: this ugly duckling gets even in Canadian Friedman's US debut.Before: Allison Penny is too plump for her sweatpants, too grumpy to be loved, and too poor to do a thing about it ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

ELYSE FRIEDMAN is the author of Then Again. She lives in Toronto.

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