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andlt;bigandgt;Fame, beauty, and face transplantsandlt;/bigandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Sara wants to be famous, and when legendary rock star Jonathon Heat offers to take her under his wing and pay for her cosmetic surgery, it's like a dream come true. But beauty comes with a hidden price tag. Is Sara willing to pay?

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"If you want to be a work of art, you have to suffer a bit,' says 17-year-old Sara Carter. Sara suffers more than a bit in Burgess's (Smack; Doing It) terrifying thriller/morality play, in which she gets the spotlight. Obsessed with both stardom and physical perfection, Sara is also accident-prone, and a face-down encounter with a hot iron seems to put a permanent red mark on her quest for fame. Enter Jonathon Heat, billionaire pop star who endlessly reinvents himself, with the help of controversial plastic surgeon Dr. Kaye. Burgess draws a chilling parallel between over-the-hill icon Jonathon Heat and Michael Jackson, in Heat's attempts to look young, and in setting up a bedroom for Sara on his posh, sprawling estate. Heat shows Sara his face (which he hides under a mask), reduced to shreds after so much surgery. Bernadette, a savvy and kind nurse, and Sara's boyfriend, Mark, provide intermittent reality checks for the outlandish situation. Sara soon begins to see apparitions of a girl with no face, and Sara and Mark discover a locked room giving off the smell of rotting meat. Burgess tells the story through the narrative of a novelist-turned — investigative journalist, alternating with transcripts of Sara's video diaries (in one spine-tingling scene, she corners the 'ghost,' with echoes of The Blair Witch Project). Burgess wraps his message about vanity and celebrity-obsessed culture in a nightmarish, unforgettable story. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Fame, beauty, and face transplants

Sara wants to be famous, and when legendary rock star Jonathon Heat offers to take her under his wing and pay for her cosmetic surgery, it's like a dream come true. But beauty comes with a hidden price tag. Is Sara willing to pay?

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Melvin Burgessandlt;/bandgt; has produced a body of work that is both andlt;BRandgt;challenging and thrilling, including the seminal teen drug and love andlt;BRandgt;novels andlt;Iandgt;Smackandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Doing Itandlt;/iandgt;. His books have been adapted andlt;BRandgt;for film, stage, and television.

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ISBN:
9781416936176
Author:
Burgess, Melvin
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Suspense/Thriller
Subject:
Face
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Subject:
England
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jacket
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
14-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "If you want to be a work of art, you have to suffer a bit,' says 17-year-old Sara Carter. Sara suffers more than a bit in Burgess's (Smack; Doing It) terrifying thriller/morality play, in which she gets the spotlight. Obsessed with both stardom and physical perfection, Sara is also accident-prone, and a face-down encounter with a hot iron seems to put a permanent red mark on her quest for fame. Enter Jonathon Heat, billionaire pop star who endlessly reinvents himself, with the help of controversial plastic surgeon Dr. Kaye. Burgess draws a chilling parallel between over-the-hill icon Jonathon Heat and Michael Jackson, in Heat's attempts to look young, and in setting up a bedroom for Sara on his posh, sprawling estate. Heat shows Sara his face (which he hides under a mask), reduced to shreds after so much surgery. Bernadette, a savvy and kind nurse, and Sara's boyfriend, Mark, provide intermittent reality checks for the outlandish situation. Sara soon begins to see apparitions of a girl with no face, and Sara and Mark discover a locked room giving off the smell of rotting meat. Burgess tells the story through the narrative of a novelist-turned — investigative journalist, alternating with transcripts of Sara's video diaries (in one spine-tingling scene, she corners the 'ghost,' with echoes of The Blair Witch Project). Burgess wraps his message about vanity and celebrity-obsessed culture in a nightmarish, unforgettable story. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Fame, beauty, and face transplants

Sara wants to be famous, and when legendary rock star Jonathon Heat offers to take her under his wing and pay for her cosmetic surgery, it's like a dream come true. But beauty comes with a hidden price tag. Is Sara willing to pay?

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