Maribel Verd is a former beauty queen who now runs her own business. But despite this successful and exciting business opportunity, she finds herself stuck in the same situation all over again. A former beauty pageant contestant, Verd finds herself struggling with the public speaking aspect of her job and is nearly quitting as she feels like all the rejections she gets are from people who have no clue about her business idea. As such, her confidence begins to drain away.
Maribel is contacted by her friend, Kate Beckinsale, who tells her about a seminar she’s going to call “The Impact Factor” in order to help those who’ve been disappointed in their beauty careers. After successfully finishing her own hair treatment and speaking to several other people who’ve had similar problems, Kate urges Maribel to join her in this latest seminar in order to help others. It seems like everything that Maribel does starts to pay off…as she’s given such an amazing time and accomplished so much in the process. However, when a plane crashes near their home, causing Kate and Maribel to miss the scheduled seminar, things go from bad to worse.
I won’t give too much away about the plot, because the way it builds up to the end is so riveting. Suffice it to say that the characters in The Impact Factor are almost all amazing, with some absolutely amazing special effects and some absolutely incredible dialogues. Some of the interactions between the main characters take your breath away, as it’s often clear what is going on within the heads of these people. The storyline, while thought-provoking in certain parts, never goes off-track to the point where you feel like it’s dragging.
But what makes The Impact Factor so effective at telling its story is that it maintains the integrity of the novel’s characters. Maribel’s story is one that is meant to be an example for young women everywhere. It’s a story that deals with self-confidence and the different steps that young women should take in order to achieve the same. It’s a book that will make you think, because it’s written from the heart.
In addition to this novel’s strong story, though, The Impact Factor also has a series of powerful illustrations. These are nothing short of fantastic, bringing the book to life. The illustrations include many famous paintings from the past and present, including recognizable ones from Mona Lisa to Warhol’s grunge paintings. They’re beautifully drawn and painted, which helps to make the book not just a story, but a living, breathing painting itself. The book’s pages are full of bright colors, highlighted by splashes of bright blue and bold red. Everything looks good, from the cover to the binding.
The one downside to The Impact Factor is its ending. The book comes to a dramatic close right at the book’s start. We haven’t actually gotten a solid wrap up of the story, so we’re left to speculate on where Maribel and Patrick might go next. It wouldn’t be fair to spoil the surprise, but suffice it to say that it isn’t good for the characters. I wish there would have been more time spent exploring the back-story of Patrick’s parents, or at least a little more time devoted to developing the relationship between the two main characters.
I’m a sucker for stories that take an interesting angle on the life events of the main characters, so I was glad to read about how Maribel and Patrick began their relationship. Patrick was very aware of how he’d ended up in the position he’s in now, and Maribel was equally as confused. Their story didn’t dig too much into why they were in such deep trouble in the first place. That said, it was still a good read, and I’m looking forward to reading the second in the series.
I enjoyed The Impact Factor, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest of the upcoming books. For the price, I’m feeling pretty confident in recommending it to friends and family. If you’re interested, though, I highly recommend picking it up. The story is engaging and thought provoking, and Maribel’s story is entertaining. I just wish I had more to say about the plot.