Monday, May 14
Title: Pretty Amy
By: Lisa Burstein
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
My Copy: Ebook provided for Blog Tour
About the Book:
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 their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls 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. 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.
While on her way to prom, Amy and her two best friends Lila and Cassie stop to pick up their dates at Lila’s boyfriends house. The only problem is, their dates are nowhere to be found. Dressed up and stood up, the girls decide to make it their own night. They get high and drive to prom but they can’t get in because they don’t have their tickets. After deciding to leave, the cops bust them and that is when it goes down hill. Now is when Amy’s life starts to get hard. She is banned from her friends, she must appear to all of her court dates, she has to hire a lawyer and get a job to pay him, she must see a therapist that suggests doing community service, oh and her mother is constantly on her back. “Pretty Amy” is a story that tells how one girl believes that she is nothing and how she has to dig down deep to see if she even matters to other and to herself.
“Pretty Amy” wasn’t a bad book. It made me realize that there were probably fellow students while I was in high school that were feeling the same thing that Amy was; unnoticed, average, and ignored.
The author sure knew how to write the character Amy to make the readers feel bad for her and what she was going through. You as well as Amy, never think that you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Every chapter something else is thrown at her to bring her down again. But, the very last chapter does bring a little of that tunnel light into the book and you end it with a smile.
I really hated Amy’s mom in the book. I would have divorced her as a child and hired a new mom if I were her. Her friend Cassie would have never been my friend and if by some miracle she ever did become my friend, I would divorce her as well.
I loved Amy’s ex-best friend Joe in the book. He just randomly comes into the story plot, rocks it and then leaves.
But in the end, I think a lot of people can relate with how the character Amy has lived and felt during these emotional times. Because of this, I think a lot of people could like this book. ~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~