Colors Insulting to Nature

by Cintra Wilson

Reviewed by Ruby


Liza Normal is anything but a normal teenager. She has been thrust into the world of tinsel dreams by her famewhore of a mother.  With nothing but Hollywood to guide her, Liza has dressed in garish clothes with borderline vulgar stage performance.  Contrary to her outside, Liza is very shy and almost prudish, and with each rejection by talent scouts and her peers it convinces her that she hasn't been discovered by the right person yet, so she alters herself over and over again to try and find the right 'Liza' the world will love.

Thrown in with 'wannabes' and 'wash outs' Liza witnesses the harsh reality of what the celebrity world does to those it doesn't want anymore, but if anything it spurs her on more. Rejection after rejection, humiliation after humiliation, metamorphosis after metamorphosis, Liza pushes herself onwards, knowing, being one hundred percent certain that her Big Break is just around the corner. She just has to find it and let it find her.

First of all, this isn't really the type of book I like to read, but my friend lent it to me saying it was really good, so I gave it a shot. I found that I really did like the book; it was well written and the character development was very well done.

I had two problems with this book. The first one was that I didn't find it funny. It was witty and entertaining, yes, but I didn't laugh out loud like some of the reviews said I would. I found that a little disappointing.

The second thing I didn't like about the book was the fact that the author kept interrupting the story. I would be reading along and then she would just break in with "I must tell you a little bit about..." I found it very annoying. It was like she kept reminding us that we are reading a book and I couldn't immerse myself into the universe. How am I supposed to relate to the characters and feel as if they are real people if I'm constantly reminded it's a book?

If I hadn't liked the story itself so much I would've abandoned it somewhere in the middle, but I just needed to know what would happen to Liza and if she would ever catch her Golden Stag.  

Grade: B