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In Your Face

The Culture of Beauty and You

By Shari Graydon
Illustrated by Karen Klassen
Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 6+
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: W.11-12.1,1a,1b,1c,1d,1e,4,8,9,10

Reading Level: Lexile 1180L
Paperback : 9781554516667, 172 pages, September 2014 , 9.5" x 7.25"
Rights sold: Korean, traditional Chinese


A lively, thought-provoking look at the power and pitfalls of the beauty industry hype.

From fairy tales and Hollywood movies to magazine ads, reality TV and the Internet, we absorb the lesson early: being beautiful is the answer to our dreams. It’s harder than ever for teens to tune out the endless media messages promoting unattainable ideals, yet at no time in history have they had more tools to change the message.

With In Your Face, Shari Graydon encourages readers to think critically about the culture of beauty both past and present. Whether it’s the different standards for guys versus girls, racial and size biases, the assumptions we have about models and celebrities, or the message that the “right” clothes, makeup, or surgical procedure can make you a better person, Graydon’s unbiased look into the realities behind our ideals will help teens deconstruct the beauty industry hype.

Fully rewritten and redesigned from the 2004 edition, In Your Face has been updated to reflect the heightened pressures of beauty in the digital era—both good and bad—to shape our self-image. The appealing magazine-style format, stylish illustrations, and conversational tone will draw readers into this empowering exploration of the complex subject of beauty.

Praise for the first edition:
“Graydon will make readers laugh as well as think about the issues.”—Booklist, *starred review

“This fabulously educational and informative book should be required reading for all teens.”—VOYA


“Graydon makes you think and challenge your perspective of beauty.”

- Beautiful with Brains, 09/26/14

“An interesting look at the world of looking beautiful . . . will have you asking yourself even more questions after reading it.”

- A Book Girl’s World, 10/13/14

“Useful resource for teens and educators.”

- Resource Links, 02/15

“[An] important message.”

- CM Reviews, 05/08/15

“A good introduction to the idea of beauty.”

- All Sorts of Books, 07/09/15