Bold Books, Sep 2001, 14.99, 232 pp.
Middle aged writer Beth Middleton wonders how her life fell into some sort of disastrous free fall. Her husband has left her after years of marriage, leaving her in financial trouble and raising their troubled angry fourteen-year-old mostly by herself. She hates her work, which barely pays the recurring bills and insures she ignores any self-indulgent pampering that she might fantasize.
A potential client Darby representing Perceived Ugliness Syndrome asks Beth to infiltrate The Beauty Institute to learn the secret of a new treatment to make women so beautiful that PUS believes it includes a side effect of making females look perfect in their coffins. Though wary, Beth needs cash and agrees to go deep undercover by posing as a customer of the Institute. Beth receives the full treatment until she feels competent to pen an article that ironically describes the mirror contradictions of the beauty industry. However, everything changes when she accidentally learns the secret of the new treatment, as nothing is what it seems in a world where beauty is skin deep.
IT'S MY BODY AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO is a delightful satire that rips the skin off the multi-zillion dollar beauty industry. Beth is an uplifting individual as she struggles to survive in a world in which beauty is everything while one's original DNA is too ugly to consider. The fast-paced story line is no powder puff as Sharleen Jonasson intelligently furbishes a delightfully amusing amateur sleuth industrial espionage tale that uses no gloss or silicon yet subtly applies cosmetics to condemn an industry.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner
A female journalist in a career slump infiltrates a state-of-the-art beauty clinic in this satirical look at the pursuit of beauty in the not-too-distant future. In an institution devoted to appearances, she finds new ways of thinking of her own beauty.
This report prepared by Lenore Johnson