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A Little Change of Face    by Lauren Baratz-Logsted order for
Little Change of Face
by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Order:  USA  Can
Red Dress Ink, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Shannon Bigham

Similar to the wacky lead who faked a pregnancy in Baratz-Logsted's The Thin Pink Line, the protagonist in A Little Change of Face cooks up a crazy idea. Blessed with 'incredible breasts', 'great cheekbones', and other assets that make her pleasing to the eye, Scarlett has never had a problem getting dates. At thirty-nine, she is still single but has had proposals. She does not want to settle down with just anyone, but is holding out for her 'One True Love.'

Scarlett is beautiful, has no problems getting dates, likes her job as a reference librarian, and is happy where she lives. But, on the advice of her overbearing, average-looking friend Pam, Scarlett radically changes her life. She makes herself ugly, changes jobs and moves - all part of an experiment to see if people like her for what she is on the inside. Pam claims that Scarlett only gets attention due to her looks. Scarlett wonders if Pam is jealous or does she have a point?

Pam's pronouncement leads to Scarlett morphing herself into Lettie Shaw, a dowdier, frumpier version of herself. Gone are the beautiful tresses. She eschews contacts for glasses and exchanges form fitting clothes for tent dresses (you get the idea). Scarlett's aim is to find out if men will treat Lettie the same as Scarlett essentially, whether men just like her for her looks, not her personality. Pam is certain that Lettie will not be showered with the male attention that Scarlett receives on a regular basis.

A Little Change of Face is a fast read. Its storyline has the unique plotline common to The Thin Pink Line series a nice change from the oft-recycled plots of chick lit novels. As Scarlett embarks on her Lettie identity, she meets people and forms new friendships, including a possible love interest (much to Pam's dismay). As Lettie, Scarlett sees 'pretty people' in a new light. She no longer has men drop at her feet but she learns a thing or two about real friendship, respect, and the opposite sex.

Scarlett's plan is kooky and she comes across as immature for a woman rapidly approaching forty. There's also an inordinate amount of discussion of her breasts throughout the book, which is at first funny but soon becomes tiresome. However, Scarlett is a likeable enough lead and most chick lit fans will enjoy reading about her search to find someone who loves her for who she is inside, not out. If you can get past the silliness of Scarlett's plan to morph herself into Lettie, you are likely to enjoy A Little Change of Face.

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