Macpherson has an enjoyable, very smooth writing style, and her love of old movies shows up in the delightful film references her characters make throughout the story. This book has a wackiness that can be fun at times, but it also lacks the kind of depth readers hope for when
tackling a topic as serious as society's obsession with appearances. The heroine doesn't confront her shallowness until it's almost too late to sympathize with her, and the two male love interests seem consumed by similar superficialities.

Lifelong brunette Patricia Stillwell takes an experimental weight-loss drug, which changes not only her dress size but also her hair color. Now a slender blonde, the combined physical alterations land her in the spotlight for the first time since she began working at a big department store five years ago. Her new look even snags the attention of the company's rich, handsome boss, Brett Nordquist, a man she's had a crush on for eons.

But there are complications. Her best friends and housemates, Pinky and Paul, are suspicious of Brett's motives, and when Paul finally admits he's attracted to the woman Patricia has become, he decides to give the boss man some competition. Patricia is left with the difficult task of choosing between her dream man and the man -- literally -- next door. (AVON, Sep., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel