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What happens when bad advice is given at the worst possible time? Katy is an impressionable teenager obsessed with Misty magazine and its beauty tips. With her once-glamorous mother, Corinne, spiralling into self-destruction, she turns to Misty for advice, with disastrous but often hilarious consequences. Only Katy's teacher, Jane, has the insight to put her pupil back onWhat happens when bad advice is given at the worst possible time? Katy is an impressionable teenager obsessed with Misty magazine and its beauty tips. With her once-glamorous mother, Corinne, spiralling into self-destruction, she turns to Misty for advice, with disastrous but often hilarious consequences. Only Katy's teacher, Jane, has the insight to put her pupil back on track, but she has a story of her own to tell. Can these three very different women each find their own voice in a society obsessed with perfection?...

Title : Beauty Tips For Girls
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ISBN : 25023895
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Number of Pages : 387 Pages
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Beauty Tips For Girls Reviews

  • Heather
    2019-04-26 16:40

    Three women. Three voices. Three journeys.Katy, the impressionable teenager, is given misplaced advice from the teen magazines she so loyally clings to. Her mother Corinne is on the road to self-destruction, while her English teacher feels she can help, while having her own story to tell.Beauty Tips for Girls is a brilliant interwoven trio of stories, three women at different parts of their life facing trouble. One is impressionable, unhappy at home, finding solace on internet forums and basing decisions and self-worth on what Misty magazine tells her. Another is in the hold of alcoholism, while her family battle to not only help her, but to keep caring, not to give up. The other has passed by friends as they got married and had babies, yet here she is, single and without child, in a teaching job without any real idea of where she's going.Montgomery's portrayal of magazine articles from the early noughties is on point, not just through the of-the-time celebrities, but through the ill-advised segments on boob jobs, seeking older men and generally picking apart the looks of every female. When you've spent your teens reading these awful magazines, it's kind of fun to read them in a fictional context and see how ridiculous even the horoscopes can be to the individual scenario.Beyond that both Jane and Corinne have two excellent, interesting stories; each has a dramatic impact on Katy and, in time, each other. You feel happy at times, sad, hope for change, hope for happiness, you kind of get swept up when each narrative jumps, wondering if each will find a nice, neat resolution.The only issue is some descriptions seem a bit odd, or sentences just weird. Characters stare out of windows a lot too...But, Montgomery's book is so good that you don't really lose interest between the jumps, the characters are diverse, facing challenges, but real within their own constructs. Couldn't put the book down - even while watching the new season of House of Cards, so that's something!It's all day-to-day stuff, real problems, but so charmingly written that I just really enjoyed it.

  • George McQuilkin
    2019-05-13 11:31

    A delightful book, containing multiple stories within stories. Deft writing and vivid scenes keep the pages turning as the personal lives of the three principal women characters unfold. Young Katie tries to find answers through teenage magazines with predicable results. However, when she leaves Scotland to go to London to meet up with a man she's met on the internet, the results are far from what might be expected. Katie's teacher, Jane, tries to help, but she also must confront the dissatisfaction she feels with her own life. Montgomery writes believable characters, puts them in challenging situations and lets them come to life. This reader was enthralled.

  • Julia
    2019-05-23 11:48

    This was a good first novel - generally well written, with sympathetic characters and a plot that maintained tension as well a tugging on heartstrings. The first novel feel came from the occasionally self conscious writing and a couple of developments (couplings) that felt too convenient.One of the niggling things for me was as a central element to the plot, Misty simply didn't ring true. The book is set in the early noughties, I read British magazines for teenage girls in the 90s. These magazines knew their audience and while they offered beauty tips and employed an occasional eye-rolling sarcasm towards the usual antagonists in a teen's world, there is simply no way they would have been as nasty and irresponsible as the Misty writers. While I appreciate this is a wide enough generation gap in some respects, I believe that that's all the more reason it would have been more realistic to reflect the decline in these magazines by having Katy turn to the Internet or magazines for older women with the same effect. Overall, this is a compassionate story of a mother and daughter in crisis, and how helpful, or helpless, the people around them can be.

  • Helen
    2019-04-28 08:31

    Three women. Three voices. Three journeys. When we first meet her, Katy Clemmy is a shy and unhappy teenager living amid confusion and self-doubt in Ayrshire, forced to rely on the venomous bile of teenage magazine Misty for guidance. Horoscopes, sadly, are used too for guidance by a girl trying to make do without much maternal support. Only slowly do we begin to understand in this wonderful novel by Margaret Montgomery what the poor girl is up against; namely the kind of harm that alcoholic parents inflict children via the wounds made by neglect, self-obsession and casual cruelty. Jane (or "Miss Ellingham" as we come to know her) is a teacher suffering her own private unhappiness. By day she must instruct the "hyenas", teenage girls to whom it is her job to teach English. She must also endure the presence of a former partner (who has left her for another woman – also a colleague) in the school staff roomCorinne is – initially, at least – the least sympathetic of the three women, although the most obviously troubled. Her story is recounted in the first person, with all the raw immediacy that voice offers. A typical day sees Corinne digging to unearth the vodka she had buried inside a flower pot, part of the "silent game of hide-and-seek" she has been playing with her husband for years. Wet patches on her bed smell of urine. Yet, slowly, we gain respect even for Corinne as we understand that she is tackling her alcoholism. We hear Corinne admit to an audience of fellow alcoholics that she has a problem with drink. Our hearts fill with relief as she becomes humble about her difficulties and finds a way to live without relying on bottles. All three women are connected to each other, in ways that only slowly become apparent to the reader. All three women are also struggling with the same questions of self-identity, with none of them initially secure in a sense of themselves. Loneliness is also troubling all three. A confused quest for love – the type that, sadly, manifests in further pain – is something else the women share. The novel takes us through fear, dread and horror as the fates of these three women hang in the balance, before finishing on a note of real hope. The tension in "Beauty Tips for Girls" is almost unbearable, so compelling that I had no choice over staying up late to finish the book. I simply had to keep reading to find out Katy's eventual fate after the girl puts herself in a situation that spells real danger to any parent or carer. This is not a novel that offers trite sentiment. It is thoughtful, insightful, intelligent and brilliantly constructed. I had tears in my eyes as I finished the closing pages of the novel and have been unable to stop thinking about Katy, Corinne and Jane ever since. I felt as if I had discovered by reading this book that hope does exist, even for the most damaged of us. And the realization brought tears to my eyes, tears of happiness from knowing that Corinne, Katy and Jane had come through the most terrible of trials. Survivors, every one of them.

  • Jackie Law
    2019-05-21 16:43

    Beauty Tips for Girls, by Margaret Montgomery, is a novel about three women, society’s expectations, loneliness and the challenges which all ages must face when coping with day to day life.Katy Clemmy is the beautiful and talented teenage daughter of a farmer and an alcoholic mother. To help her through her isolated life she turns to Misty magazine with its fashion and beauty obsessed, bitchy advice columns. She sees herself as overweight and ugly. In the primal battleground of her small town school she suffers the usual verbal attacks from her peers which continuously erode her self esteem.Katy’s English teacher, Jane, has reached middle age without finding the husband and family she grew up expecting to have. She wonders how her life has turned out this way, blaming her mother for decisions made for her when she was young. When Katy disappears Jane reluctantly becomes involved with the Clemmy family’s problems, seeing in Katy traits which she recognises in herself.Corinne is Katy’s mother. Pained and unhappy she drowns her feelings in alcohol, seeking oblivion. Corinne narrates her story from the future, her past being a disastrous blur of bad choices, tragedy and destructive behaviour.As these three women tell their interwoven tales we gain an insight into the inner lives of an angst ridden teenager, an addict and a disillusioned teacher. The author has done a fantastic job of getting inside her character’s heads and showing the reader how each are thinking and feeling. The writing is funny, perceptive, entertaining and considerate.I absolutely loved the meeting between Jane and the cosmetic surgeon. Their mutual inability to comprehend the other’s point of view was brilliantly portrayed. The book is full of such insights. Each character, major and minor, is presented fully rounded and with all their quirks and preconceptions providing humour in what is a poignant tale.The inclusion of the articles from Misty magazine, the advertisements and To Do lists, all helped convey how influenced Katy was by these windows into a wider world of skewed priorities. The male teacher’s attitudes added resonance whilst the inclusion of environmentally friendly Dan showed that not all men are so shallow. It was not just the men of course. The cosmetic surgeon’s view of the world was perpetuated by the female clients with whom he spent his working days.The underlying messages conveyed were all too painfully real but this adds to the power of what remains an entertaining read. Never preachy but truly thought provoking I would recommend this book to everyone who dreams of being more beautiful.My copy of this book was provided gratis by the publisher, Cargo.

  • Amy Westgarth
    2019-04-24 08:49

    A noble concept about women finding their place in the world that started well, but failed to hold my interest. Though there were flashes of brilliance, I found large chunks quite boring towards the end. I'm not 100% sure who the book is aimed at. It's possibly more a young adult novel as most of the plot centres around a confused teenage girl, Katy. Other sections were written from the perspective of her teacher who sees herself in Katy at that age. Filling in the gaps are parts from the perspective of Katy's alcoholic mother, describing the events that led her to be in that state. So there are both adult and teenage portions. As a result the message seemed a little diluted in trying to appeal to readers of varying ages and life stages. The powerful messages the book was trying to portray felt under-developed. There were pretty much happy endings all around, which was disappointing as real life isn't always like that. However, it had a good message behind it, that being: life doesn't always go to plan and the path you assume your life will take is rarely how things turns out, but you can learn to be happy with a different path. As I say – some good ideas, but didn't quite live up to its billing.

  • Victoria Gemmell
    2019-05-08 09:33

    Beauty Tips for Girls is a book about three women- their pain and insecurities are captured in sensitive, and at times, humorous ways. Their stories interconnect cleverly, offering so many important insights into the pressures we all feel to live our lives in certain ways. Teenager Katy struggles with low self esteem, not helped by the emotional absence of her mother, Corinne, (who tells her own story of her spiral into alcoholism). Katy turns to ‘Misty’ magazine for advice and it is the articles from this and other clippings, woven into the narrative, which made this book stand out for me. The author uses this narrative technique to cleverly reveal what Katy is feeling and planning without having to tell us. We get to see inside her head, and know the effects the image obsessed articles will have on her teenage insecurities. Her teacher, Jane, also struggles with feelings of isolation and disatisfaction with life and I liked the way the characters helped one another. I feel this book contains a lot of important messages, explored perceptively.

  • Eddie Gibbons
    2019-05-22 11:39

    Margaret Montgomery’s Beauty Tips for Girls is a remarkable debut novel about the effect society’s imperative for physical perfection has on an impressionable teenage girl. The story interweaves the lives of its main characters; a schoolgirl, Katy, her alcoholic mother, Corinne, and the girl’s insecure teacher, Jane Ellingham. The book’s title is derived from a generic headline in ‘Misty’ magazine, Katy’s beauty bible. Don’t be misled by it. This is a story of how badly things can go wrong in the search for an unobtainable notion of attractiveness. A compelling, brilliantly observed story, full of wit and compassion, with characters you feel could walk off the page. Highly recommended.

  • Cathy Davidson
    2019-05-25 10:39

    Coco Chanel is reported to have said that when a woman criticizes another woman, she is revealing what she dislikes about herself. The beauty and fashion industry as described in this story are revealed as destructive and opportunistic. The ploy also examines how sometimes people repress painful emotions by hurting those around them.

  • Jacquie Vonhunnius
    2019-05-11 12:38

    It's hard to be objective about it really; the two stars are because, while it seems to be adequately written, this kind of novel is just not my thing. Don't know why I picked it up, to be honest.

  • Simon Cree
    2019-05-07 16:51

    A highly accomplished book. Montgomery's prose style, and the depth and complexity of the three main characters, shines throughout.

  • Ann MacDonald
    2019-05-15 11:36

    Brilliant book. Couldn't put it down. The 3 women's stories really drew me in. Good characterisation and very well written. A delight to read.

  • Jade
    2019-05-22 12:53

    Really enjoyable read.

  • Lucy
    2019-05-05 10:51

    I wish I could give it six stars! One of the best books I've read for a long time and definitely on my top books ever list. Read it and enjoy!