Fairest [Gail Carson Levine] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty Aza’s singing. Fairest is Gail Carson Levine’s take on the story of Snow White. Set in the world of Ella Enchanted, it is filled with humor, adventure, and singing. Parents need to know that Gail Carson Levine’s Fairest is a fairy tale from the author of Ella Enchanted. The heroine, Aza, is refreshingly less attractive than your.

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Her prodigious size and her odd coloring — milk-white skin, dragon tongue lips, and hair that seems to be frying-pan black — are greatly at variance with the land’s standards of beauty and often make her the target of stares and rude comments.

This book is the second that I’ve read by Gail Carson Levine.

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Aza’s journey to find self confidence, and to believe that she is beautiful in her own and special way, is both moving and extremely motivational, and I often pick it up when I need a confidence boost, or just to enjoy the beauty of the book. About these links Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole book and that ending Continue reading Show less.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Her pursuit to correct her one weakness begins to cause major problems in her life and those of others. I do think I’d recommend this book, though likely more so after one’s read Ella Enchantedso they’d have a better knowledge of the setting.

I would also liked to have more development of the character of Skulni, the inhabitant of a magic mirror. What’s the Name o But seriously, how beautiful is this cover?



She is thoroughly convinced that she is ugly. Aza was such a realistic character! Aza, like Snow White, has white skin, red lips and black hair – but unlike Crason White, this does not make her beautiful in prevailing Ayorthaian standards; on the contrary, she considers herself ugly and is so considered by nearly everybody except for Prince Ijori.

That just makes sense. View all 21 comments. Her amazing voice and ability to compose music are impressive to him I suppose, and her “ability to make him laugh” was apparently important Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.

Faires characters are not well-developed and therefore their motivations seem less believable. Snow White but so much more. There is a lot of singing done in the book so having the auditory component was a great addition! She grows up to be large and not pretty, causing her shame and low self-esteem.

I’ve never been so glad I didn’t have the audio book. I really appreciate that the main character in this story is smart, kind,and hardworking, even if she is preoccupied with being pretty. I knew almost nothing about her character other than that she hated being ugly. Growing up in a happy, caring family and helping to run the family’s Featherbed Inn. A dame visiting the inn gzil to lvine Aza to the castle, to be her lady in waiting.

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But Levine paints the two characters so you can see how one, in coming to accept herself as she is, finds happiness and bestows grace on those around her, and how the other, in hating herself and trying to be other than what she is, ends up destroying the kingdom. Love and respect from family and friends help one to overcome low self-esteem.

She didn’t do anything smart, and certainly didn’t act brave. The innkeeper and his wife decided to raise her as their own.

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I pulled this book off of the Young Adult shelves expecting some light fiction, but I really enjoyed some of the deeper meanings faidest this story!

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How is Fairest different form other princess stories? September 19, Publisher’s recommended age s: Aza is tall, has dark hair, pale skin, and red lips and is therefore ugly I am playing the world’s smallest violin. Not recommended for younger readers because of romance view spoiler [including quite a bit of premarital kissing hide spoiler ] and thematic magic including “spells” and potions. The yail she has created is charming with it’s many fantastical creatures and Ayortha’s music-based culture, and I know Aortha is only one small part of the world.


Jan 27, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: But Levine paints the t I pulled this book off of the Young Adult shelves expecting some light fiction, but I really enjoyed some of the deeper meanings behind this story! The title of this book suggests that the story would be a fantastic tale about a beautiful young girl in distress who is the fairest of all waiting to be scooped away by a fine handsome prince. It didn’t fit in the traditional story, and didn’t add anything to it.

Fairest makes for a fun little read, and would probably be enjoyed most by pre-teen girls. Overall, it was a very clean book, great for children and adults, but definitely aimed at pre-teens who suffer from self-esteem issues and need a good example of self-acceptance.

I was also a little disappointed that we don’t find out who Aza’s birth parents were.