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Fairest of Them All

Fairest of Them All

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If life were a fairy tale, Oribella Bettencourt would have a "happily ever after" kind of future ahead of her. A Hollywood producer has come to Des Moines in search of a perfectly modern Princess Rapunzel, and Ori -- a model, dancer, and star of the beauty pageant circuit -- lands the part. And why shouldn't she? With her hardworking, self-sacrifi cing mother guiding her career, Ori is stunning, dedicated, poised...and then there's her hair. Breathtakingly lustrous blond hair that sets her apart from all the other girls at school. So what if she doesn't have any friends her age, or anyone to talk to other than her mother? She's on the verge of having everything she's ever dreamed of.

But in this fairy tale, the beautiful princess wakes up to her worst nightmare -- when almost overnight, Ori begins to lose her hair....
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  • MTV Books | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416579939 | 
  • April 2009
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Fairest of Them All includes discussion questions and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Questions for Discussion
  1. What is your first impression of Oribella? How does she seem to differ from the other girls at Clinton High?
  2. Do you believe most high school girls are obsessed with their appearance? Why or why not?
  3. Ori tells her own story in Fairest of Them All. Would you have had the same impression of the characters if Phil or Gypsy had told the story? Do you prefer a first person narrator like Ori or a third person narrator?
  4. How would you describe Phil? How do you think Ori would describe her?
  5. One of Ori’s shortcomings is that she judges people based on their appearance. Is it possible to really know someone by focusing on what you see on the surface? Has anyone ever made such assumptions about you?
  6. By many standards, Ori doesn’t live the life of a “normal” teenager. How would you describe a “normal” teenager?
  7. Ori hides her hair loss from her mother as long as she can. In Ori’s situation, would you have told your parents immediately or tried to solve the problem yours
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