An electrifying debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls.
Bebe Baker is an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex-drug addict, ex-pretty girl.
It's been one year since the car accident that killed her boyfriend left her scarred and shaken. Flanked by an eccentric posse of friends, she is serving out a self-imposed sentence at a halfway
I really enjoyed Pretty and look forward to reading more fiction from Jillian. The prose is careful and glittery, with the weight of bad decisions and challenging life stuff all over the place. I love that the shitty and wild things have already happened to the main character, Bebe. The book isn't about partying, it's about what happens next, after you wake ...more
"There's a blaze of light in every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah"
Jillian Lauren begins her brilliant novel with this gorgeous, well-known refrain, then she takes that Hallelujah and sings it as her story like a bird whose heart thumps to break through its throat. This is a magnificent book. It will take you through every emotion you have and some you may not have known you had. Lauren is a wise woman with a truth to tell that will set you fr ...more
I believe Lauren's motive in writi ...more
I was anxious to read Pretty because I was over the moon for Jillian Lauren's first book, her memoir Some Girls. Pretty is a novel, in the same vein as Lauren's first book, written in a first-person narrative by a young woman named Bebe. Bebe grew up in Toledo, OH and was anxious to leave town after her alcoholic father passed away. Her escape came when Aaron arrived in the local bar she tended, there with his jazz b ...more
Pretty is an edgy novel about a teenage girl named Bebe who leaves home with a musician named Aaron and ends up becoming a stripper and an addict. Aaron and Bebe's partying habits are out of control, they both drink too much and use drugs. One night, after a big fight between the two, Aaron is killed while driving under the influence. Bebe survives the car accident, but finds herself in a rehab facility trying to get her life together.
After she finishes rehab, Bebe goes to live at a halfw ...more
This was such a heartbreaking novel but one that reminds everyone that there hope can lead to the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Good: The language of the writing was superb. From the very first line all the way to the end I was captivated by what Bebe had to say. There were some lines that were so visceral I had to reread the line again. Pg. 5 Bebe says, “My love for Aaron was so acid it scraped my veins raw.” Can you imagine loving so ...more
Pretty by Jillian Lauren. Fiction. I had hard time figuring out what I wanted to rate this. I debated between 3 and 4 stars, and finally chose 4 out of 5 stars. Nice cover and the eyes are not open! I greatly dislike books where the people on the cover stares at you... And still stares at you. Release date August 30, 2011.
This book cover many topics from drug use to drinking problems to eating disorders. I have to say that like Crank these kind of books ta ...more
Pretty is the story of Bebe. The cover describes her as:
BeBe Baker is an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex-drug addict, ex-pretty girl.
What BeBe does very very well is tell her story. As she recovers from the death of her lover in a ...more
Bebe ends up at a halfway house after becoming physically and emotionally scarred from the car accident her boyfriend, Aaron, died from. She has been sober for almost a year although she has her moments of almost-impossible-to-control urges. She suffers through day after day of cosmetology school to give herself a goal. She makes it through with the help of goth girl Violet who also resides at the halfway house and ...more
While not the sort of literature I’d normally gravitate towards, I’m glad that I ended up reading Pretty, if for no other reason than to discover the brilliant author. Jillian Lauren writes with a crys ...more
Bebe Baker recounts events leading up to her current circumstances, in a halfway house and trying to finish cosmetology school, where she's trying to really put her life together for the first time. I wouldn't say she's reinventing herself since she's essentially been fumbling around up until this point.
I give it 3 stars. Good book, easy to dance to.
I'm more interested in the author. Jillian Lauren really is a former stri ...more
Bebe is in a car accident with her boyfriend, who later dies. She is left w ...more
"The steel strings reverberate so loudly in the old hous ...more
This was a compelling, intense, emotionally thick story about a young woman who is trying to find her own, personal, place in this world. Most of the book takes place while Bebe is livi ...more
Breaking all the rules is a way of life for her and she finds some comfort with another bad boy. When her heart is broken, yet again, Bebe finds that her friends ma ...more
SOME GIRLS, which chronicles her time spent in the harem of the Prince of Brunei, has been translated into eighteen languages.
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED is the story of Jillian's most radical act - learning the st ...more