Sei bella come sei by Clio Zammatteo

By Martina - Saturday, January 16, 2016

Yesterday I finished reading my first book of 2016, yay!

It's a novel written by the most famous Italian makeup guru, Clio Zammatteo aka ClioMakeUp, with the help of a young author called Elisa Gioia.

Clio started uploading videos in 2008 after moving to New York to attend a makeup course at MUD. Even after becoming famous on YouTube and starting her makeup artist career in NY, she hasn't changed her personality and she's still the honest, shy girl she was at the beginning. I really love the positive attitude she shows in her videos, blog posts and when she goes on TV. There's no Italian makeup lover who hasn't watched at least one of her videos. I really trust her opinions, she always seems so genuine and sweet. Watching her videos feels like listening to a friend or big sister, and I love that.

The story she wrote is a novelisation of her own experience back to the time when it all started. The plot is mainly about New York, makeup, friendships and love. It's a light novel, to me it felt almost like a fanfiction, but this didn't stop me from enjoying every single page.
The title, "Sei bella come sei", means "you're beautiful just the way you are" and it's something her grandma used to tell her when she felt insecure about her appearence.

I got this as an ebook because I had an Amazon discount code that I could only spend on an Italian novel that came out in the past year, and since I'm not a big fan of any Italian author, I opted for this one that sincerely attracted me. I read the whole book in a day, to reward myself for a couple of bad days I had (I had to cram for an exam and I hated it).

I would strongly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys love stories, you wouldn't be disappointed. For now the book is only available in Italian but who knows, maybe they'll translate it at some point.
In the meantime, you can check out Clio's channel.

Thanks for reading this,
Marti xx

2016 Reading Challenge
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book written by a celebrity

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