All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church

All the Beautiful Girls

A powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas--and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love.It was unimaginable. When she was eight years old, Lily Decker somehow survived the auto accident that killed her parents and sister, but neither her emotionally distant aunt nor her all-too-attentive uncle could ease her grief. Dancing proves to be Lily's only solace, and eventually she ...


Details All the Beautiful Girls

TitleAll the Beautiful Girls
ISBN9780399181061
Author
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction
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Reviews All the Beautiful Girls

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2018-03-03
    4 beautiful, character-driven stars to All the Beautiful Girls! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 The glitz, the glamour, the surreal-looking hotels, the Cirque de Soleil shows, the food, and...the slot machines, I am enamored with all things Las Vegas. So much so, that I rang in my 22nd and 30th birthdays there. I was drawn to this book because of its Vegas setting. I was three quarters of the way through before I put it together that Elizabeth Church, the au...
  • .
    2018-03-04
    4.437 stars - - - expected publication date 03/06/18this selection is best described in its title's third word, beautiful.this is not to say everything is beautiful, goes beautifully well in all the beautiful girls. there is abundant hurt, loss, ugliness between its cover. from the age of eight, lily decker's life has not been a fragrant bouquet. tragedy has left her in the (in)capable hands of her aunt tate, and, more repulsively, in her uncle m...
  • Diane S ☔
    2018-01-19
    Don't expect the to be an unbiased review, simply because I came to care so much about the main character Lily, and fell in like with a man called The Aviator. Lily is only eight when she loses both her parents in a car crash, the Aviator, the driver of the other car. She will live with her aunt and uncle, her aunt unable to show love to this young girl, her uncle sexuslly sbuses her. These scenes are relatively few, and quick. The Aviator makes ...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    2018-03-06
    I am sorry I had to DNF this book not because it was bad but because there were some really big triggers for me. There are triggers of an animal death and intense childhood abuse scenes. I'm sure this book was great and many others have enjoyed it, I just can't finish it because of some recent trauma that I have experienced. I don't know how to rate this story because I couldn't get past the first chapters without a panic attack but it was well w...
  • Karen
    2018-03-03
    In 1957, 8-year old Lily Decker loses her parents and sister in a tragic car accident and is taken in by her child abuser uncle Miles and ‘head in the sand’ aunt Tate. The effects of Lily’s abuse run deep and she becomes a ‘cutter’. Much sadness that broke my heart in the beginning of this book. Time passes and Lily’s commitment to dancing brings her to Vegas on the advice of a dance instructor. Resourcefulness, chance meetings and ne...
  • Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
    2018-04-17
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.TRIGGER WARNING for Child Abuse/Sexual Assult. I wish I knew about the trigger warnings in this book before I started reading this. I love historical fiction and have read quite a bit of it in the past, so needless to say when the author dwells into parts of child sexual abuse as part of her story...
  • Heidi
    2018-08-23
    What I loved about this book was the way it transported me to places I’ve never been (one of these days Vegas, I’ll be there) and an era that I can barely remember. There was some great (well, actually awful) character development but in some ways it felt like two books. The first third was about young Lily and the plate full of heartache that life served her on a crappy, cheap paper plate. No spoilers but there are passages that broke my hea...
  • Marialyce
    2018-03-12
    3.5 head to the big city starsLife has not been easy for Lily. Her parents and sister died in a car accident and she is left to be raised by an austere aunt and the lecherous uncle. Lily is able to attend dance classes for years thanks to the generosity of a man who was the one involved in the car accident, the Aviator. To escape her life of being molested by her uncle and not believed by her aunt, Lily, feeling that she can become a dancer runs ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-03-31
    I think the best thing about this book was how completely it took me by surprise. First, I just want to say that Sarah Scott that narrates the book makes a wonderful job. I always enjoy finding a new narrator that makes me check out what more the person have narrated. This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth J. Church, but I have a copy of The Atomic Weight of Love that I plan to read.In the story so do we get to follow Lily Decker/Ruby Wi...
  • Roman Clodia
    2018-01-04
    In lots of ways this follows a formula: victimised young girl achieves her dream through grit and determination, but then realises that material wealth can't cover the scars of her past. What gives it interest is the 1960s Las Vegas setting where Ruby is a showgirl - I loved this section: the absurd OTT glitz, the implicit sexism, the fakery that is Vegas that pretends the civil rights movement, Vietnam, are not happening. In some ways this remin...
  • Cathy
    2018-03-01
    From the book description, I was expecting to be immersed in the atmosphere of 1960s Las Vegas and I definitely got that. Elizabeth Church shows the reader both the surface glamour – the famous names, the glitzy costumes, the fantastic parties, the extravagant gifts - and the seedy underbelly – the drugs, the physical toll, the expectation to charm men attracted to the casinos by the beauty of the showgirls, to ‘give them memories’ to tak...
  • Rebecca Foster
    2018-04-11
    Lily Decker has a horrific childhood in 1950s Salina, Kansas. Luckily, there are “intermittent pools of rainwater relief, times when Lily smiled,” thanks to her love for dancing. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, she then gets the heck out of Kansas and takes on a whole new identity when she gets to Vegas and becomes a showgirl: from now on she’s Ruby Wilde. The novel’s midsection is heavy on historical context, rather awkwardly inserted,...
  • Yv
    2018-01-31
    Stel je voor.. na een afschuwelijke jeugd ga je naar Las Vegas om daar een danscarrière op te bouwen, maar tijdens je audities wordt er vertelt dat je het beter zou doen als showgirl... wat een práchtig een meeslepend verhaal ❤. Stel je voor.. na een afschuwelijke jeugd ga je naar Las Vegas om daar een danscarrière op te bouwen, maar tijdens je audities wordt er vertelt dat je het beter zou doen als showgirl... wat een práchtig een meesle...
  • Michael
    2018-03-27
    Taking a quick look at the cover of what is Elizabeth J. Church's second novel, you would be forgiving thinking this is a story full of glitz and glamour. But while that is indeed there in parts what we also have is numerous themes of tragedy, abuse, friendship and determination to move on under trying circumstances.Eight-year-old Lily Decker who lives in Kansas in the 1950's will have her short life torn apart after the death of her parents and ...
  • Karen
    2018-03-14
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. From the blurb, "A powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas--and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love."Although I liked the vivid descriptions of costumes and the showgirl life, the whole story didn't really grab my attention.3.25 ☆
  • Anne
    2017-11-19
    Elizabeth Church is now one of my favorite authors! Her writing is full of such rich, sensory description that on every page, I felt like I was right there. Kansas in the 50's. Vegas in the 60's. New Mexico in the 70's. From the very beginning, my heart was in sync with the main character, Lily who loses her parents and sister in a tragic accident. I felt protective towards her during the decade she spent with her abusive uncle and evasive aunt. ...
  • SuperWendy
    2018-03-16
    I had issues with this book. So many issues. The fact that the heroine is never really angry at The Aviator over his involvement in the accident that killed her parents and sister. He survives. She survives. She goes to live with a cold fish aunt and an uncle who molests her. And the man who walked away from the accident? She blames him for nothing. Ever. Misplaced or otherwise. This strained for me.Also, the fact that this Very White book decide...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    2018-03-06
    I am sorry I had to DNF this book not because it was bad but because there were some really big triggers for me. There are triggers of an animal death and intense childhood abuse scenes. I'm sure this book was great and many others have enjoyed it, I just can't finish it because of some recent trauma that I have experienced. I don't know how to rate this story because I couldn't get past the first chapters without a panic attack but it was well w...
  • Jen Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
    2018-03-01
    All the Beautiful Girls is a coming of age novel set in the 1960s. The story begins at the scene of a horrific accident, this accident defines much of our lead character's life, Lily. Lily is an intelligent, talented, and beautiful woman who struggles with recognizing her own beauty and accepting that many of her earlier life experiences are not her fault. She experiences many tragedies but also experiences a dazzling life as a show girl in Las V...
  • Donna Hines
    2018-03-01
    I was lured in by the idea of the Las Vegas Showgirls and the struggles to deflect the image of being simply 'eye candy' .However, this book while discussing some of the struggles they face also addressed several highly subjective and difficult terrain pertaining to homosexuality, child abuse, and sexual abuse to name a few.The main character is Lily Decker who assumes a fake id as a vegas showgirl as Ruby Wilde. Orphaned at 8yo and left to resid...
  • Tammy
    2018-03-05
    All the Beautiful Girls is a captivating story of Lily and her journey to overcome childhood trauma. Filled with the glitz and glamour of Vegas in it's prime, the 60's and 70's, All the Beautiful Girls is a wonderful glimpse into the showgirl life. I loved the interaction that Lily had with celebrities from that time period, namely Tom Jones and Sammy Davis, Jr. I had a hard time putting this book down and hated that it ended.
  • Patricia Doyle
    2018-01-02
    From the very first pages of this book, I was hooked. My emotions were already at a dead run. Pity. Sadness. Contempt. Revulsion. Kindness. Relief.After a traumatic childhood (which the author describes fully), with dance lessons under her belt, Lily left Kansas and lived her dancing dream in Las Vegas. For awhile, that is. Until pills turned her dream into a nightmare. All this was before she was twenty. Fast success. Failure. Success again. Fai...
  • Chrysta
    2018-04-01
    Trigger warning: child abuse and some domestic violence Over all this was a great book about a very strong woman who had to overcome so many adversities. It seemed like just when things were going right the tables turned. I definitely enjoyed the parts about Lily/Ruby being a Vegas Showgirl and all the craziness that entailed. Great reminder that your past doesn’t define you! You control your destiny.
  • Andi (A Literal Hottie)
    2018-03-13
    What a great story! The author did such a great job of making me really care about Ruby. I loved all the Vegas showgirl details, who am I kidding I love all things Vegas. All the Beautiful Girls has a very heavy theme throughout so it’s not a light chick-lit, not an easy read at all but it’s totally worth your time. Highly recommend
  • Maggie
    2018-02-23
    Scrappymags 3-word review: Unmasking Vegas glamourAll my reviews available at scrappymags.comGenre: Contemporary Fiction (1960’s), Women's FictionShortest summary ever: Lily Decker is just a small town girl (insert Journey lyrics) wanting to make it somewhere - ANYWHERE away from her trapped-in-the-impossible life. And she deserves it. Orphaned by an accident that took her parents and sister, she is forced to live with an aunt with no feeling f...
  • Jenea Whittington
    2018-02-12
    All the Beautiful Girls centers around Lily Decker, her childhood was tragic and heartbreaking. Swas a young girl in the 50’s whose parents were killed and was taken in by her aunt and uncle. And the heartache she went through as a child. With dreams of escaping her abuse to go and live her dream as a dancer, she was ecstatic when she winds with a scholarshop to do just that. My biggest question was, who is this person who did this for Lily?I h...
  • Cathy Branciforte
    2017-11-07
    I absolutely loved this book! I started to love the character Lily/ Ruby right from the beginning as she is taken in by her aunt and uncle in Kansas and then moves on to Las Vegas as a showgirl in the 60’s. Rich with detail of the time period, and beautifully drawn characters ( although some were hateful), the writing was perfect. ( There was a part where the author was describing Sammy Davis Jr as he performed in Las Vegas, and for anyone who ...