Outside Beauty (Paperback)
|Author: Cynthia Kadohata|
|Shelby and her sisters are separated when each girl is sent to live with her respective father while their mother undergoes surgery. After learning the youngest is so devastated she withdraws, Shelby realizes something must be done to reclaim her family.|
From the Publisher:
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.
Family relationships, inner and outer beauty, and loyalty are explored in Newbery Award-winner Cynthia Kadohata's introspective young adult novel. At 13, Shelby is close to her three older sisters and their gorgeous, unconventional mother who had each of them with a different man. When tragedy strikes the family, the girls must each return to their fathers and discover for themselves what life is like beyond their tight family unit.