What is the tone of the book Looks by Madeleine George?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The tone of Looks by Madeleine George is bleak and depressed. This is because the thematic issues include anorexia; marital break-up, as well as parental girlfriend-boyfriend breakup; alienation; obesity; obscurity in a crowd; loneliness; and humiliation. The story about two high school girls who live at the invisible fringes of experiences grapples with the true-to-life problems faced everyday by many teenagers throughout America. The sensitive content and gloomy, depressed tone of Looks render it more suitable for more mature readers than for middle school or grade school readers, and it can be argued that Looks should not be read unsupervised as tones in books are infectious and can influence readers.

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