Ilana Manaster Doreen

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Doreen

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If Doreen Gray were to take a selfie upon her arrival at the elite Chandler
Academy, it would capture a face marked with acne, a head full of frizz, and eyes looking anywhere but at the lens.

What Chandler queen bee Heidi Whelan sees is a desperate hunger for acceptance and the makings of a willing and useful protégé. Heidi's roommate, Biz Gibbons-Brown, works her Photoshop magic to create a stunning profile pic of Doreen—a glossy, digital makeover that Doreen initially rejects . . . only to wake up the next morning transformed as the girl in the picture.

But Doreen quickly becomes accustomed to her newfound power and lives without considering consequences of her actions. Only the picture knows the truth, and she will do anything to protect her secret.

In this sharp, scandal-filled retelling of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, the men of nineteenth-century London become three girls of twentyfirst-century New England.

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Ilana Manaster has an MFA in fiction and translation from Columbia University. She volunteered as a mentor to young writers through Girls Write Now and has performed her own writing in a one-woman show in the Fringe Festival as a stand-up comedian. Doreen is her debut novel. Ilana currently lives in Barcelona, Spain.

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Gr 9 Up—This stylish retelling of The Picture of Dorian Gray transports Oscar Wilde's characters—in all their hedonistic angst—to a present-day prep school for New England's WASP elite. When awkward, frumpy Doreen transfers into Chandler Academy, her driven photographer cousin Biz and shark-toothed queen bee Heidi give Doreen's profile picture for Chandler's social network the full Photoshop treatment, with mixed intentions. Doreen wakes up the next morning transformed into the flawless girl in the photograph and hits the ground running, without a second thought to the casual cruelty that goes hand in hand with a quick rise to the top. Wear and tear of Doreen's pleasure-seeking behavior manifests itself on the photo Biz took, which gets uglier with each escapade. Heidi's scheming and string-pulling are given as much time as the protagonist's exploits, and the complicated, scandalous backstory connecting the main characters is perplexing but curious enough to keep teens turning the pages. Manaster's language and tone give the story a classic, set-apart feel, and there is a healthy mix of reserved refinement and soapy melodrama. VERDICT This unusual retelling may not be for everyone but will find an audience with fans of high society mean girl fare, and those familiar with the source material.—Beth McIntyre, Madison Public Library, WI

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