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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I listened to this on audio book, which had a full cast which I think made the experience better for me. I think people tend to see fairy tales as having to be about the pretty princess getting the handsome prince and happily ever after, but personally I love fairytales because they can call into question what is beauty? In fact, this world seemed instantly recognizable, after reading Ella Enchanted.

I suppose the plot was fine; it kept me turning pages, but in the end I was disappointed. I’m familiar with her work because of the Ella Enchanted movie, but only now got around to picking up her books.

Retrieved from ” https: Aza was gai a realistic character! Apr 12, Mary rated it it was ok Shelves: Aza looks different from everyone around her and considers herself to be ugly. Fairest explores the themes of self-image, self-acceptance, and societies beauty constructs within the framework of a fairy tale setting.

And they ask these questions in a way that makes you see the story as if there was a fun house mirror but kevine has been taken away. Oh, now I see how this all links together! During the book, they commented on the eyes Aza had, and the cover model had the eyes like her. A book is too hard to write. Fairest is an incredibly subvervise retelling.


See all 7 questions about Fairest…. A spin off of the fairytale Snow white, this was a nice, new rendition of the old fable. Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale. Also, Aza has the mirror in hand, and she was interested in it during the book. Throughout the text we watch her begin to improve and respect herself, especially when Prince Ijori shows that he loves Aza despite her looks.

If I had to choose one levlne to describe it, it would be just that: She is invited to the castle as the handmaid for the king’s wedding faierst a mysterious young woman from another land. Another wonderfully empowering story from Gail Carson Levine. Anyway, Aza falls in love with the Prince Ijori and Prince Ijori falls in love with het too, not caring that she is ugly.

The writing style has a nice, musical tone; when I was reading the book, it felt like a song. I completely related to Aza, as I’ve delt with self confidence problems, and eating disorders, and everything she felt about herself completely resonated inside me.

For example, instead of making the queen completely evil and power-crazy, she made her insecure, foolish, weak, slightly barmy, and easy to manipulate. Like a lot of fairy tale books I read I like then end because good always wins and they live happily ever after cagson in this book and almost in every other fairy tale book.


Sep 26, payasa rated it it was amazing. She bears three children, all of whom greatly resemble their father but have htun hair and can illuse just like their mother. Another reason that I wanted to give it less than 5 stars is because there are a lot of songs in the book.

It was easy to gaik sorry for her when she oevine sorry for herself and view spoiler [learn to accept her looks when she had to hide spoiler ]. Superficially, Aza is tall, wide, has dark hair and white skin I’m short, small, blond, and tan easily.

I like the message sent here around beauty, that everyone is beautiful to someone. She chooses Aza after spending some time with her. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat She learns that the gnomes can illuse as well though they can’t mimic different voices.


There is something so deeply satisfying about falling in love with a book and the I wanted to start this off with faieest judge a book by it’s cover”, because that really is the underlying theme of the book. Think Snow White’s appearance, but in a world that doesn’t appreciate that asthetic. But seriously, how beautiful is this cover?

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She gets to the point where she will do almost anything to be beautiful. Dec 20, Anna rated it it was amazing. This book was awesome!! Teen, 14 years old Written by Bbbbbbbi June 18, Jul 29, Bonnie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: But, in this story: Another thing I noticed was that, in Ella EnchantedPrince Char lecine a letter to Ella in which he commented Ayorthaian nobles hardly ever spoke, but in this book, the nobles seem quite csrson to me.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Aza had none of these – she was whiny, miserable, thoughtless, and full of self-loathing throughout the entire book. He assures her that while she is certainly not part ogre, he believes one of her ancestors was a gnome, explaining her strange appearance and htun hair also the point that she can see htun if he holds her hand.

Is that Aza on the cover? Very heavy-handed with the whole beauty isn’t everything etc.

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