Sunday, 13 March 2011

Are we at No 10 already?!

Yes it seems I’ve just finished my 10th book of 2011 :) Go Me!!

This is the best yet. It’s a true story.

Katie Piper. Beautiful.


'I heard a horrible screaming sound, like an animal being slaughtered ... then I realised it was me.'When Katie Piper was 24, her life was near perfect. Young and beautiful, she was well on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a model.But then she met Daniel Lynch on Facebook and her world quickly turned into a nightmare ...After being held captive and brutally raped by her new boyfriend, Katie was subjected to a vicious acid attack. Within seconds, this bright and bubbly girl could feel her looks and the life she loved melting away.Since then Katie has gone on to inspire millions with her brave determination, but the journey hasn't been easy.Beautiful is the moving true story of how one young woman had her mind, body and spirit cruelly snatched from her and how she inspired millions with her fight to get them back.

Born in Hampshire in 1983, Katie Piper refuses to let anything stand in her way. Since being the victim of an acid attack she has been more courageous than ever. Her Cutting Edge documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face won her a BAFTA nomination and was shown in 15 different countries around the world. In December 2009, she was selected to present Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message. In Spring 2011, Katie will also appear her a new Channel 4 show Katie: My Beautiful Friends.

First 5 sentences.. It was just a normal mirror, a round sheet of glass encased in a white plastic frame, but as I reached for it, my hand trembled. ‘Take your time Katie’ my psychologist Lisa said gently. ‘Look at your chest first, then work your way up slowly, inch by inch’ But I didn’t do things by halves – I never had, and a few purple blotched on my cheeks weren’t going to change that. I mean, how different could my face be? It might be red and scarred a bit, but it would still look like me, right?

Where I got my hands on it.. I bought this book new this week as I had seen the documentary on TV last year & really wanted to read it.

The cover.. The photo of Katie on the cover is just Beautiful.

Made me want to… This book really makes you grateful for what you have, all the times we moan about our day, if the hubbie hasn’t done the dishes, we have a spot on our nose, or we just can’t find that perfect outfit for our night out. All I can say is, read it. ( oh also made me want to do bad things to horrible men that throw cups of acid into young girls faces…but that’s a whole other post..)

Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?.. I’m going to give this to my sis (she doesn't know it yet!)

I read this book in a day. I just couldn’t tear myself away. I knew about Katie’s story from the press & I had seen the documentary, but the book goes into so much more detail about her as a person and the attack, then her recovery.

It is, I think the most inspirational story I have ever read. I don’t mind telling you, that Katie before the attack seemed like somebody I would have nothing whatsoever in common with. A ‘Lad’s Mag’ Model, out clubbing nearly every night, looking for her 5 minutes of fame. Katie now, however just seems like someone I would totally want to be friends with.




Katie now runs her own charity. The Katie Piper Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of burns victims and other disfigurement injuries. The charity also campaigns for the specialist treatment Katie received to become widely available in the UK, The Katie Piper Foundation. Go there and visit.

Hope the weekend was good :) Mine was lost in a blur of work. It seems the people think it’s time to visit the sea side :)

:) x


  1. Wow! Sounds like an amazing read. I have heard of her and I'm sure the book would be a fascinating read.

    P.S. I haven't received your book yet l:( But post is being really slow lately. Hopefully soon! x

  2. sounds like a great book! 10th book already!? I've had my first book since ... January. Haha.

  3. I bet that book is amazing. I have heard of her and I really want to read the book now. I really like reading your book reviews =)

  4. I really want to read this, she is the most inspirational lady.

  5. WOW, that book sounds so good....And inspirational..I must check it out!

  6. She is a very brave young lady - I remember seeing the documentary on TV.

  7. WOW!!! this is amazing... definitely something for our very spoiled generations to read!

  8. I think I would have a hard time reading this book. What an incredible story though! I'm on about book 3? of 2011 I think, but I read a lot of non-fiction on the side :)

  9. Wow, what an amazing sounding book. I might have to buy it.

    x Jasmine