DAC Review: Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

Expected publication: May 15th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
Source:e-ARC for blog tour
Summary 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 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.

Karina's Review:

This book was good in a “life directing” sort of way. It’s like you’re watching this girl’s life slowly decay. I personally thought Amy was a little na├»ve and childish. She could have just made the deal with the lawyer! But I could honestly relate to Amy which is why I loved this book. Throughout the whole book all she wanted was one true friend that she could “cross the mountain of maturity with”. A friend she could count on. This is what we all want really.

I really liked Cassie because she was feisty. Another way I could really relate with Amy is how much she relied on AJ, her bird. I rely on Pio (my chicken) too in the same way she does for comfort and as a source to turn to when you don’t want anyone judging you. But of course I can’t make Pio compliment me like AJ can. I loved the whole symbolism with AJ. Wanting to fly and to be free, not that Amy’s parents made it easy for her. That’s something else that (maybe) we can all relate to. How clueless our parents are. The author really emphasizes it in this book.

I really didn't like it when Amy’s parents went to her graduation (which she could not attend) without her! Anyway I think the ending was a little rushed, but the part with Amy and Joe finally getting together I adored. I just wish they could have been together as friends, but you could tell they wouldn’t by the way Amy got all jealous when she thought Joe was going out with one of her friends, Leslie. The last thing I really liked about this book even though it got a little repetitive was the similes. I could honestly flip to any page and find a simile. Ex:“Struggling and bleeding like a lamb"

That's why we give Pretty Amy 4/5 feathers just because it was a little hard to stay into but if you stick to it you will really like it.

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