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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 hous...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Plume
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Audacia Ray
Disclaimers up front: Jillian is a pal of mine who has performed at my reading series, and she had her publisher send me a copy of her book.

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
Ashleigh Reese
Pretty is trying too hard to be White Oleander without being even a smidgeon as good but it has a few moments here and there. I feel like Jillian Lauren perfectly captured the seedy streets of Los Angeles, the fear, desperation and hopelessness of our lost generation but left everything else lacking.

The dialogue is nearly non-existent which is hard to get used to. The story is told from the thoughts and perspective of the main character and her thoughts are fractured at best. It's hard to make...more
Caitlin
When I was a little girl I used to tell people that I wanted to be an adventuress when I grew up. I'll admit that I was influenced by a Marlene Dietrich movie - Morocco (1930) - in which she plays a night club singer (Amy) who falls in love with Gary Cooper's character (Tom), a private in the French Foreign Legion. Although she is engaged to Adolphe Menjou's character (La Bessiere - a wealthy Frenchman), Amy realizes at the end of the film that she is truly in love with Tom. The film ends with h...more
Eye-shuh
Eh...it was OK. It was interesting. There is a lot of unnecessary repetitiveness that makes me think that either the author mistakenly thought that would be good to add to the experience of the book basically being the main character's train of thought or she just isn't that great of an author yet and should have had a bit more practice before getting published. It's the kind of book that's suppose to seem unpolished but it's clear the author didn't do that on purpose, she just didn't get the wr...more
Deborah



"There's a blaze of light in every word

It doesn't matter which you heard

The holy or the broken Hallelujah"

Leonard Cohen






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...more
Chelsea
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Lesley Peck
I just received the book yesterday. UPS was having issues. :( But I did start reading it and am about half way through. All I can say is WOW. This book is riveting. It's just amazing. I find it hard to put into words just how I feel. It seems very real. You find yourself wanting Bebe to do better and overcome. Truly emotional.
Peace Love and Reviews
It has a promising start. The scene was Bebe and her then boyfriend Aaron was in a bar playing pool, high as kite. Aaron was a musician and Bebe fell in love with him and followed him everywhere. Nothing went as planned and she became an addict and a stripper. That fateful night Aaron died in a car accident. Bebe ended up in a halfway house in LA where she is studying cosmetology to give her some skills when she gets released. She met another questionable character as her new boyfriend, Jake; a...more
Anne
PRETTY follows Bebe Baker, a young woman coming to terms with her boyfriend’s death and her rocky journey to sobriety. Bebe 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 house, while trying to finish cosmetology school. Amid the rampant diagnoses, over-medication, compul...more
Karen Fowler
It is rare that I find myself reading an honest-to-gods paper copy of a novel these days, but I received the ARC of Pretty so I once again found myself with the cramping hand that comes from holding open a book for extended periods of time. In this case, with this book, I did not mind in the least.

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
Danna
"Stop believing in one thing and you make room for believing in something else."

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
Leah
Pretty is a novel that is hard to define. It doesn’t seem to really be able to place itself in any kind of genre, at least not one I read so I presume that that probably makes it literary fiction. It’s not a teenage read, it’s not really Chick Lit… so I think it’s trying to be a literary novel. It’s not a pretty novel, either. Here there are no pies in the sky, no happily ever after, just a girl struggling to get her life together after her boyfriend dies in a drug-fuelled car crash. Bebe is an...more
Knitpurlgurl
Pretty is the story of Bebe (Beth) Baker. Bebe, raised by an alcoholic mother, whose father, an alcoholic jazz musician, dies while she is very young, meets Aaron, a confident trumpet player in a jazz band and leaves her town of Toledo, OH behind to follow him to California. While living in LA, a speedbump on the way to San Francisco, Bebe takes a job as an exotic dancer and becomes an alcoholic/addict. After a fight with Aaron in a bar, the two of them, wasted, get in the car and end up in a mo...more
Jenn
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Laura Young
http://darkelvengirl.blogspot.com/201...







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
Jade Eby
Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

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
Val
Pretty is the kind of book that takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. You instantly feel for the character and you almost develop a close relationship to Bebes.


This book deals with some really big issues, drug addiction, recovery and love. Although they are very big issues and sometimes tough to write about, I felt that the author wrote this book with elegance. The writing was fluid, and the character’s thoughts and words seemed very real. This book was honest.

Throughout most of the...more
Amber (The Musings of ALMYBNENR)
Bebe is an ex-everything: an ex-Christian, ex-stripper, ex-addict, ex-pretty girl.

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
Jennifer Waite
From review posted on my website: http://www.thiscantwaite.com/pretty-j...

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
Bookworm
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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
Susie Kline
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to read and review such wonderful books. It seems they keep getting better and better! I was given a copy of Pretty to review and I have a copy to give away. Check out directions for entering at the end of the post!

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
Eileen
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Sarah
Bebe Baker is in recovery, living in a halfway house in Los Angeles. She moved to California with a talented musician, Aaron, in hopes of starting a new life away from her dysfunctional family in Ohio. But when they reached LA, things didn't go according to plan. Bebe had always relied on her pretty looks to get by, but when they get wrapped up in drugs, and Aaron coerces her to start stripping, Bebe finds herself in a downward spiral. Things only get worse when a horrible car accident leaves Aa...more
Roxanna
This is an incredibly sad, yet powerful story about a person who struggles with guilt, ADD, chemical dependency, and so much more. She aims to stay clean with the end goal of graduating from Cosmetology school. The title of this book is compelling because her struggles are as much internal as they are external. She is scarred physically and emotionally from a tragic accident and finds support in a halfway house so she can try and work through her addiction as well the emotional scarring from unh...more
Nina
Have you ever been so lost in this world that you'd turn to anything just to feel like you belong? Resorting to drug use, stripping, and partying all to fill the void; all to just feel something other than empty. Bebe Baker felt this way before she realized that there is more to life than getting high, and that real friends are important and should be with you until the end. Jillian Lauren's novel, Pretty spoke to me in words of extreme sadness and confusion.
I believe Lauren's motive in writi...more
Lorri
I read this book in a day. It was a bit depressing and I didn't really see the point of the story, but I did like the friendships that developed among the characters. It seems like everyone living in the house is depressed and spends a good amount of time thinking about how bad life is. I've never been an addict so I don't know how recovery would be, but dwelling on all the bad things sure isn't going to move you forward!

Bebe is in a car accident with her boyfriend, who later dies. She is left w...more
Joemmama
Pretty is not a pretty story. Bebe has been in a horrible accident that killed her boyfriend and left her drug addled and scarred, trying to make a new life. Living in a halfway house, she is attending beauty school with a variety of characters. As she struggles to make her way, she encounters people who are both good and bad for her.

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
Carissa
I loved this book, and I would keep it in regular rotation to read again and again.
I've been there, Bebe.
Bebe is the main character, and I love novels written from first person, inside the character's head. She's currently in a halfway house, recovering from a bad car accident which killed her boyfriend. It's novel about searching, about connections, about family--and lack thereof--about love and loss and sex and drugs. All the good makings of a novel. It's not for the squeamish, it's not for...more
Monet
This isn't a great story. There's nothing really striking or unique about it. It's a complex junkie tragedy like you'd hear about on the news or in an AA meeting. But not unique. It seems like a story I've been told before. Girl gets messed up. Girl struggles with getting better.

As a portrait of a character, however, it's kindof brilliant. I enjoyed finding out who the main character was. She's very real and three-dimensional. Her personality alone was enough to keep me reading. In that respect...more
Carla Handley
I really liked this book--I listened to an MP3 audio version on my walks. The reader was a young woman (or at least a woman with a 20-something voice) and it fit the book perfectly since it's a first person narrative.

The author gave the account, from the inside, of a girl whose life had just spun out on her. The way she caught herself and kept moving really felt authentic to me. The dialogue was real; the emotions of the narrator raw but true; the characters all very probable denizens of that w...more
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Author and performer Jillian Lauren grew up in suburban New Jersey and fled across the water to New York City. She attended New York University for three minutes before dropping out to work in downtown theater, where she performed with Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theater, among others.
Her New York Times bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem, was published by Plume in April...more
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