DESTINATION: HIT THE MOUNTAINS OF MONTANA
Beautiful Girl had a strong and positive message to impact. The downfall of this book though is that it was rushed. There was a lot going on within the book and the author seemed to rush through with such a fast pace, it was hard to wrap my head around things.
Due to the fast nature of this book, I was unable to form a real connection with the main character, Melanie. I liked her, I liked the watching her go through a process of self-discovery and find her own identity in the world, but at the same time I felt as if I couldn't connect with her in any way.
The second thing that bothered me was the romance. I love a good romance that develops in it's own pace and is realistic, not something that is hurried along and not something that "Woah, we just met and after talking twice, I am madly in love with you." and that's what this book gives us. Although given the type of lives both Melanie and Sam had, I can't blame them for wanting someone in their lives that cares, but I feel like their romance was a little too rushed. Then again, they are teenagers and if I remember correctly, as a teen I was sometimes in 'puppy love' with one boy one day and another the next week.
I felt as if this author had good ideas and if she would have developed the characters more and slowed down the story some, it would have been a better read. I do think Philips has a lot of potential as an author, I just had trouble connecting with the story and characters and some things just did not make sense to me.