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Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

Cameron and Allie are sisters. They used to look like it, too. Since Cameron turned fifteen, though, things have changed. Cameron and Allie inherited big noses from their father, but other than that, they both have the good looks of their mother, formerly a rather famous model. When Cameron turned fifteen, her life changed completely. For the better, she says.

How? She got a nose job. She turned from homely to gorgeous, moved to a new school, and now she's so much more popular and happy than before! Plastic surgery, Cameron feels, is a brilliant idea. It can fix everything, right?

Now she is turning fifteen, and Allie's mother feels that she needs the same birthday present Cameron got: a nose job. It made Cameron a much happier person, and who wouldn't want that for their other daughter? Problem is, nobody asked Allie. Allie is already confident and happy, the way Cameron keeps saying plastic surgery made her. There's one thing she's not that Cameron is, though: gorgeous. But really, does Allie need to be gorgeous? Or is that just what her family has led her to believe?

Leslie Margolis's novel FIX is, aside from being an interesting story about a family, particularly two sisters, a great look at a rather controversial issue: plastic surgery, particularly for teenagers. It shows all sides of the issue, from the perspective of two teenage girls (who, admittedly, could be slightly more realistic characters at times). It is a riveting story, and Allie's and Cameron's very different motivations for making the decisions that they do are quite believable. FIX is certainly worth reading, particularly for anyone who is considering plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 10, 2009 |
Book Talk: Plastic surgery is the process of reconstructing or repairing parts of the body, especially by the transfer of tissue, either in the treatment of injury or for cosmetic reasons. In 2008 there were more than 10 million plastic surgeries performed in the United States.
My name is Cameron Beekman, I not only inherited my last name from my father, but I also inherited his long, hooked nose. It was horrible the way I was teased before I had plastic surgery. After my nose job and a move to a new school, I no longer worried as much about fitting in. Of course, I'll still never be as pretty as the other girls in my prep school; they're perfect. I feel that if I can have another surgery to help add some curves to my body (if you get my meaning), then I will be happier with myself. My younger sister also inherited my father' hook nose, but she doesn't really want to have the surgery to correct it. My mom has already made the appointment, but Ali doesn't want to miss soccer camp. Sure there are medical risks with having surgery, and missing camp will hurt her chances for playing soccer next year, but it will be worth it.
A nose job, the surgery is called rhinoplasty, costs between $3000 and $8000 and is worth the money, in my opinion. If your little sister would look better after plastic surgery, wouldn't you advise her to go through with it?

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Allie is a much more likable character than her older sister, Cameron. But with the mother's obsession with looks, it's easy to see how she became so insecure.

This is a quick read that is sure to have an audience.

Labeled: YA for some strong language and sexual references; Self-Image ( )
  lnommay | Dec 31, 2008 |
This story is told through 2 sisters, Cammie and Allie, who have inherited their fathers beak nose. For Cammie, it made her life miserable until she had plastic surgery to reduce her nose and then moved to a new school. Now she's one of the most popular girls around and planning her next surgery. Allie has also been scheduled to have her nose fixed, but wonders if she really needs it. She's not as concerned about her appearance as her sister is, and wonders why she needs to change. Most of the story is really good, but Allie's story gets rushed into the ending. ( )
  chibimajo | May 11, 2007 |
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Many thanks to Bethany Buck, Emily Follas, Laura Langlie, Dr. Gerald H. Pitman, Kacey Long, Jim McGough, Fran Tiger, Ethan Wolff, Amanda McCormick, Jessica Ziegler, Mitchell Goldman, Judy Goldman, and Jim Margolis.
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Pretty, blond, popular Cameron Beekman has it all -- lots of girlfriends, a hot boyfriend, and a successful family. She's perfection. Gone are her days as the outcast, huge-nosed "Beakface." Which, as it turns out, was nothing a good nose job couldn't fix. While her little sister, Allie, struggles with doubts about her own approaching "procedure," Cameron wants more. She's headed to UC "Santa Barbie" and needs to look the part. After all, why settle for smart and pretty when smart and drop-dead gorgeous is just a surgery away?… (more)

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