Title: Sara’s Face
Author: Melvin Burgess
Genre: Social Realism, Young Adult
Publisher: Andersen Press (1st June 2006)
‘There’s a lot of girls prettier than me. Anyone can look good. Talent – that’s not it, either. Everyone’s got talent. They train you up, they work on your voice. If it’s no good they change it in the studio. Talent’s cheap.’
Sara wants to be famous, and when the legendary rock star Jonathon Heat offers to train her up and pay for her cosmetic surgery, it’s like a dream come true. But what if there’s a hidden price? And is Sara willing to pay it . . . ?
Rating: ** (2 stars)
Melvin Burgess is well-known for his young adult, social realist fiction since the publication of his novel Junk in 1996. Sara’s Face carries on this trend, with Burgess looking at the culture of celebrity and of beauty.