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Brooke - Virginia Andrews
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Brooke - Virginia Andrews
Date: 18/02/04, updated on 18/02/04 (67 review reads)
Advantages: Once you start reading, you can't stop!
This is what Brooke must be continuously thinking in this emotional and riveting read.
If you enjoy Virginia Andrews then this will not disappoint.
For as long as she can remember Brooke has wished for her mother to come back and take her from the orphanage. Then glamerous Pamela and Peter Thompson chose her to adopt and she can not believe her luck.
Brooke just wants to be loved and be part of a real family. Unfortunately Pamela has different intentions. She tries to mould Brooke in to becoming a winner of Beauty contests - what she once did - and is determined to make Brooke suceed where she failed.
So Brooke is brought in to Pamela's world of obsessional beauty routines. Not the cleanse, tone and moisturise regime we all try to stick to! Pamela's daily life is a ritual of strict regimes and Brooke realises she must learn to live like this or risk being sent to another orphanage.
This is quite a sad story. You are willing Peter, who sympathises with Brooke but has little spare time, to stand up to Pamela and help her.
And when Brooke starts to be liked at her new posh school because of her aptitude for sports - you are nearly shouting out loud at Pamela when she ignores Brooke's achievements. Infact Pamela believes that Brooke should not be playing sports at all. She is so concerned that Brooke is getting slightly muscular that she takes her to see a Doctor as she feels Brooke needs hormonal treatment to make her more womanly.
When Brooke is chosen to be in the local County's baseball team she has never felt happier. Infact that is an understatement, for the first time in her life she felt so worthy and needed. Unfortunately Pamela tells her in no uncertain terms that she will not be able to play. Pamela doesn't even know how Brooke could consider it...it is going to be on the same day as the Beauty contest. The contest that Pamela has worked so hard to prime Brooke to win. Even t
hough Brooke has pointed out that she really doesn't think she is cut out for Beauty Contests, Pamela can not see Brooke for who she is.
Pamela is lost in a dreamworld -Brooke's nightmare.
So Brooke has no choice. She doesn't want to go anywhere near the Beauty Contest and she is sick and tired of the regimes Pamela has subjected her to.
It is the last straw when she realises she can not escape this nightmare and play baseball in the County team, so she does the most drastic thing, the thing that will put a stop to Pamela's dream of Brooke being the winner of the contest. Oh yes, there is no way Brooke will ever be able to be in a Beauty Contest now...... and the result, will someone save Brooke? Will she be sent to another orphanage? What will happen to her?
That's all I kept thinking towards the end. The thing is with Virginia Andrews the stories are never predictable and true to form the ending might not be what you expect or possibly hoped!
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