Sunday, 3 November 2013

Book Review: Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

Title: Pretty Amy
Author: Lisa Burstein
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle ebook
Goodreads Average Rating: 3.60
My Rating: 4/10

Synopsis from Goodreads

Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when the girls get stood up for prom and take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx — Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Even worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing — like she is nothing.

Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.


Overall I was pretty disappointed with this book. There were parts of it that I did enjoy, and I thought the general story line was pretty good. The problem I had with this book is that the characters were really unlikable. I kept on holding out hope that I would start liking Amy as she grew, but that didn't really happen. I found her annoying to read, and as a result I found it difficult to get into the book.

One other issue I had with it is that I couldn't see why Joe's character wasn't used more. It seemed as if he was supposed to be this big driving force in her coming of age story. The link between who she used to be, and who she wants to be. Yet through the book we rarely see him, which made the ending a little unbelievable for me.
The point is that they'd drifted apart, they didn't even speak to each other and then over the course of the book, nothing really happens to change this, and yet they end up together. I didn't buy it because I didn't see any of it happen. I didn't see them get back to a point of friendship, let alone anything more.

Other than that I found that the pacing was off, and the story line was in places a little bit unrealistic. Some of the ways that people reacted to things seemed extreme. I felt like the characters needed to be developed more, and all in all that led to a disappointing book.

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