This is now one of my favorite YA novels. Bee is a typical college student, dealing with boys, trying to lose her virginity, and her weight, only to get dumped. While she's gorging, she gets discovered at la Lana Turner, and soon becomes a supe, aka a plus-size supermodel. Her whirlwind tour into the world of modeling come with its share of hilarity, as she tries to win back the boy who broke her heart, who, of course, is a total loser. Bee also has a new rival, the glamorous Savannah Hughes, who will stop at nothing to oust her.
Chambers has written a perfect summer read, a sassy you-go-girl story that finds Bee not only triumphing but doing so in all the right ways, while also discovering that the boy she dismissed for so long, who's now reemerged with his own fame, is actually the perfect boy for her. Yes, you can see that one coming but you don't care. Bee is a delight, and you even get a little art history lesson when she shoots a video with the hot band Guess Again Girl. All the pop culture references are entertaining, and while I have no clue what modeling life is like, Bee's world sounds realistic, including her and her friends' frank discussions about whether they'd give up modeling to be a size 2 and what it means to stand out as a big girl.
I liked Bee because while she didn't have all the answers, she stood up for herself, and admitted when she made mistakes. Yes, she wound up having an over-the-top life but within that, she was still a real girl. Charming, fun, with a message that doesn't get in the way of watching Bee glam it up.
After being dumped by her boyfriend and gaining twenty-five pounds during her freshman year at Columbia University, Bee Wilson becomes a world-famous supermodel when a prestigious modeling agency hires her for its plus-size division.a
“Fluff with heart. Bee is a brainiac Cinderella.” —School Library Journal