Little Beauties

Little Beauties Review

The lives of three characters -- an obsessive-compulsive, a pregnant teenager, and the teen's unborn child -- come together in National Book Award finalist and Pushcart Prize winner Kim Addonizio's unsparingly funny and transcendent debut novel.

Diana McBride, a thirty-four-year-old former child pageant contender, now works in a baby store in Long Beach. Between dealing with a catastrophic haircut, the failure of her marriage, and phone calls from her alcoholic mother, Diana has gone off her OCD medication and is trying to cope via washing and cleaning rituals. When pregnant teenager Jamie Ramirez enters the store, Diana's already chaotic world is sent spinning.

Jamie can't stand being pregnant. She can't wait to get on with her normal life and give the baby up for adoption. But her yet-to-be-born daughter, Stella, has a fierce will and a destiny to fulfill. And as the magical plot of Little Beauties unfolds, these three characters' lives become linked in ever more surprising ways.

With a poet's ear for fresh, evocative language and a deft humor that exposes her characters' foibles, Addonizio perfectly captures the messiness and unexpected beauty of life.

Title:Little Beauties
Edition Language:English

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    Little Beauties Reviews

  • Abbey

    Worst. Book. Ever. ...

  • Roxanne

    I loved this book. It's a good story: a woman with an obsessive washing problem meets a pregnant teenager, and their unexpected friendship marks big changes ahead for both of them. Not the most origin...

  • Kristine Dillon

    Not exactly what I expected. The writing seemed subpar for a novel. This is the first book by Addonizio I have ever read. I was not really impressed with the different narrations, especially when comi...

  • Sandra

    I really wanted this book to be good. It showed promise in parts but the story never came together and just drifted along. The teenage mother, the OCD divorcee, and the newborn whose thoughts we are p...

  • Radha Sukhu

    Little Beauties by Kim Addonizio.Simon & Schuster, New York, 2005.“Rule #23: Clean anything you take to bed – book, laptop, phone (51).Homework: Confront the situations that cause you distress (11...

  • Wendy

    Interesting premise but ultimately left me unsatisfied. The characters were a little one-dimensional and the resolution too pat....

  • Nancy

    This is a novel that shifts perspective between three interesting characters: a woman with a severe obsessive washing disorder, a teenage mother who is ambivalent about her condition, and the baby gir...

  • Polly Hillier

    This is a’thin’ read. A steady stream of three thoughts of consciousness with a cast of supporting characters. A unique comment on ‘the essence of the unborn’ and view of those thoughts that i...

  • Granny

    A mercifully quick read. This is a story which revolves around characters which are damaged in various tedious and stereotypical ways. I wish I hadn't bothered to finish it, it never gets any better....

  • Colleen Anibas

    and to think i'll never get that time back that i spent reading about these selfish women. oh, and the voice of the baby, i can barely watch those supposedly precocious children miming their parents p...