Outside Beauty
Outside Beauty
Outside Beauty
Cynthia Kadohata
"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.

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Shelby's mother is an addict; addicted to men, that is. Every night, another man is at their house, forcing Shelby and her three other sisters, Marilyn, Lakey, and Maddie,to take care of themselves. Though the sisters are extremely unique, the bond between them couldn't be stronger.

Then one night, their world was changed. A serious accident causes the girls to be taken by their respective fathers. Will the bond of sisterhood be strong enough to survive through this adversity?

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