Jennifer Lauren’s Grace Doll is as elegant as the its namesake character.
The story begins in 1949 when Grace Doll is seventeen-years old. She is beautiful, wildly famous, and married to a obsessed and controlling man named Rufus Solomon. He is so consumed by his wife’s looks that he plans for her to take part in an experimental treatment that will stop her from aging and preserve her beauty forever.
Grace’s discomfort with her situation is so obvious that the doctor performing the experiment gives her a vial without Rufus’ knowledge and hints that it will help her later on. Jonathon and Oscar, Grace’s makeup artist and personal assistants and her only friends, plot to help Grace escape from Rufus by faking her death in a fire.
Once Grace “dies,” the story jumps ahead to sometime around the present day and the point of view becomes Brendan’s. Brendan is Jonathon’s son, and he has been charged with his dying father’s last request: to get a package to Grace Doll, who is still alive, without anyone else knowing. This task turns out to be harder and more dangerous than Brendan expects. Rufus contacts him almost immediately after Jonathon’s funeral in order to obtain information on Grace’s whereabouts–he doesn’t believe that she died in the fire and he doesn’t believe that Jonathon would keep his secrets from his son. Furious with the way his life has turned out and Rufus’ harassment, Brendan sets out to find Grace and sets a chain of events in motion that will shatter the safe, hidden life she created for herself.
Laurens does an excellent job of showing Grace’s constant fear and loathing of her husband. Even though Grace refers to punishments she would receive if she did not act according to his wishes, we see Rufus use sex as a means of control rather than beatings, though, either way, he’s clearly a dick. The sex is the fade to black variety and is appropriate for the book’s YA genre.
Furthermore, Laurens’ writing style draws you in as she shows you what is happening rather than telling you. It also leads to characters that are well developed.
Grace Doll is an excellent novel that I highly recommend. Even though the subject matter is a little dark, it is written in a manner that is appropriate for teens or adults.
Genre: Young Adult
About Grace Doll
Grace Doll had everything: Fame. Fortune. Beauty. Everything except her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace–one that’s purported to make beauty immortal–she stages her own death to escape him. With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She’s forever flawless. Forever young, and forever pursued by her past.
But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she’d left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she’s known…and embracing the role she was born to play.
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