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Pretty Amy (Pretty Amy #1)

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  706 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
You’d think life couldn’t get much worse than being arrested on prom night. But you’d be wrong.

No friends. My two besties, Cassie and Lila, are now officially parentally banned.

No summer of freedom. Instead, I’ll be working at a convenience store, earning money just so I can cover bail.

No future. Just a series of humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” designed to teach me
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (first published May 1st 2012)
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Rachel Harris
PRETTY AMY brought me back to the chaotic halls of my own high school. I too had a friend like Lila, who always had to be the prettiest one in the room. I too was a middle-class white girl who was as exotic as a blueberry muffin (oh how I love that line!). And, most importantly, I too had a tendency to define who I was by how others saw me, by how easily I fit in, and how well I was liked.

Truth be told, I’m still a little like Amy.

Lisa Burstein knows how to capture adolescence and the turbulent
Aug 16, 2012 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, contemporary
Turned out being much more intense than I expected, Pretty Amy is a contemporary novel filled with disasters and mistakes, during a hard journey to self discovery.

Amy lacks self confidence. She always has. This is what causes her to have trouble fitting in as well as constantly worrying about what others think of her. Her voice is very melodramatic which makes her sound like a genuinely lost, broken teenager. High school is hard and demanding in a lot of ways - especially socially; It would be
3.5 stars

“It’s easy to believe
that someday I will just like A.J unlocked from his cage.
That the bars I’ve put around me will fall away.
That I will feel like that little girl again.
Finally and beautifully free”

When I first saw the cover to Pretty Amy I thought it would be a light fluffy easy going read, but once I picked up I realised it went much deeper than I originally thought. Amy has been looking forward to her prom for a while now, on the night she gets dropped off to her friend Lila’s hou
May 09, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Rated 4 stars
“Four Stars: A rocky road for a teenage girl who struggles to find her identity.

It is prom night for Amy. As her mom drops her off, she receives an earful on her poor choices, her bad influence friends and her attitude. Not once does her mother offer any encouraging words or even tells Amy she looks pretty in her dress. No matter, Amy still intends on making this the best night of her life. She, along with the narcissistic Lila and the rebellious Cassie, plan to have a fabulous time
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jul 02, 2012 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) rated it really liked it
This book came highly recommended so I decided to give it a try.

Pretty Amy is a coming of age YA novel about Amy, a graduating senior who is hanging out with the wrong crowd~ beautiful Lila and trash talking Cassie. Amy finally feels like she fits in, but during a fateful prom night her life changes forever, and she has to finally grow up.

This novel is well written and while Amy is hard to like sometimes because of her bitterness, anger and frustration, we somehow get the sense she'll turn aroun
Mar 11, 2013 equilibri rated it did not like it
And the award for the most obnoxious, pathetic and mind-numbingly boring protagonist goes to Amy! I'm giving this up even before I've read halfway through the book - that's a personal first.

I'm so pissed at this book! Its blurb led me to believe I was in for a thoughtful coming-of-age story. Boy, was I mislead. It reminds me a little of Curtis Sittenfeld's 'Prep'. I slogged through pages and pages of endless whining, insecurities and incredibly bad decisions with no personal growth in sight.

May 15, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book

2.5 Stars

Amy is friends with Lila and Cassie. Well, I'm not sure you would call these girls friends but they hang out together. Amy ended up falling into their group after not fitting in with anyone else. She keeps hanging around these two because somehow, they make her feel like she belongs, and in her eyes, they're cool. After planning to go to prom with Lila and her boyfriend, and a couple of other boys rounded up for dates, the girls are stood up and decide to crash the prom without dates. T
Amy Zhang
Jul 26, 2012 Amy Zhang rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was wonderful. PRETTY AMY was so, so real. As a teenager and a writer, I can say that this book had merit as both. My prom night this year was unbelievable and fun and so, so stressful. Getting arrested afterwards? It's something that everyone is secretly afraid of (I remember that last year, half of our tennis team was arrested for underage drinking at a party, and all of the sports in season were screwed--so yes, this premise is very real). PRETTY AMY addresses many of the problems t ...more
Kate Avelynn
Mar 03, 2012 Kate Avelynn rated it it was amazing
We've all been Amy at some point in our lives, even if we didn't spend prom night in jail. A must-read for lovers of contemporary YA!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pretty Amy was not at all the book I expected it to be. I was expecting a fluffy prom book, something like Ditched. Hijinks, misadventures and pretty dresses. That was all kinds of wrong. The book is like that for approximately five seconds, and then it's very clear that this book is deeper and darker. Pretty Amy is not a fun, feel-good book, not a prom book, even though Amy does have a prom dress like the one on the cover.

Actually, Pretty Amy is mostly about trying to find your identity in the
May 11, 2012 Jessi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-debuts
Flying through the pages of Pretty Amy was like a trip back to the halls of my high school--the cliques, the heartbreaks, the searching, the uncertainty. Amy is searching--but she doesn't even really know what she's searching for (or perhaps even that she's searching). She's found a group of friends who make her someone, but is that someone who she really WANTS to be? Is it really who she is?

Unfortunately, I am only myself. I am only Amy Fleishman. I am one of the legions of middle-class girls
May 16, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars

Before I read Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein I thought Amy and her best friends were going to be arrested because of a silly prank. I was really excited to find out what exact crazy prank was pulled. I created scenarios, in my mind, of some prank ideas. Would Amy, Lila and Cassie splatter food on the outside of Lila’s boyfriend Brian’s house? Or maybe they would steal the boys' cars.

Instead, Pretty Amy was a story of the effects of not only being arrested but recovering from ruining your
Jun 14, 2015 Rabiah rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Originally Posted at:

When I saw Pretty Amy's cover on Goodreads, it immediately caught my interest. That dress is GORGEOUS! I then went on to reading the blurb and then further went on to request for a review copy from Lisa Burstein because this sounded like an original premise for a contemporary YA novel. And it was just that. Pretty Amy explores what every teen would never dream of: being arrested on prom night. That alone makes you curious doesn't it?


An ARC of this title was provided by the author for review.

Unfortunately, I am only myself. I am only Amy Fleishman. I am one of the legions of middle-class white girls who search malls for jeans that make them look thinner, who search drugstores for makeup to wear as second skin, who are as sexy and exotic as blueberry muffins ... and one of the only girls I know to get arrested on prom night.

I think I've learned at some point in my high school li
Jan 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
Amy Fournier
Apr 13, 2012 Amy Fournier rated it it was amazing
*4.5 out of 5 stars

First I want to give this some cover love!! I adore the cover. Yes, it's a girl in a pretty dress...but she's in a jail cell. I love it!! Second, it's titled Pretty Amy which automatically makes it cool since that's my name. ;) Okay now onto the review. I really loved this book. I am slowly but surely becoming a contemporary lover. This book is absolutely raw and realistic. I think everyone can relate to Amy in some way. This was a fantastic book that follows Amy through a ha
Nely Cab
Jul 29, 2012 Nely Cab rated it it was amazing
While most teenagers go to prom their senior year, Amy Fleishman goes to... jail?

In this witty story about a teenage girl trying to fit in and find her place in life, Amy's easy life is about to turn upside down. Her mother goes ballistic and her lawyer wants her to testify against her best friends, the only two girls that ever accepted her as she was. Hard headed Amy vows her loyalty to her friends and refuses, conscious that she may be spending the next year in jail. What's a girl to do when
Apr 27, 2012 Anjana rated it it was amazing
I started reading Pretty Amy expecting a light story about high school drama on prom night. Instead, I got something much deeper.

Pretty Amy is the story Amy, a high school senior who's friends with the wrong kind girls just to feel accepted. The book begins on Prom Night when Amy and her two 'best friends' Lila and Cassie get stood up by their dates and an act of revenge ends up getting them arrested. Talk about a prom night from hell.

Whatever I was expecting, it was not this. Pretty Amy was way
Ever had one of these moments when you finish a book and think “That was definitely NOT what I expected?” Like, you saw a cover and read the description and it never prepared you for what might be inside?

The synopsis for “Pretty Amy” is a good example of that.

Seriously, read it again and tell me the first thing that comes to your mind? A nice contemporary? Maybe something in the way of David Leviathan or Janette Rallison (not that I’ve read Janette Rallison, but the cover makes me think of “My
Annabelle Marie Veronica
****FINAL RATING: 4.10 STARS****

Pretty Amy was an extremely powerful book. It certainly wasn't the easier thing in the world to read, and I definitely struggled and some points. It was heartbreaking and real. It really managed to ring true even though it was do dramatic and unusual. The premise was exotic, but the issues and topics it covers are decidedly not.

Amy was a really relatable character. More than anything, she wants to stand out and have attention. She has an
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
Apr 16, 2012 The Bumble Girl {Margie} rated it it was amazing
Pretty Amy was not what I expected - and that is such a good thing!
I expected the story to be lighter and fun, and again, I am so happy that I was wrong.
Amy's story is not dark, it may be slightly depressing and sad - but it has it's funny moments too.
I am amazed on how Lisa Burstein's writing was able to draw me in and remind me what it was like to be a senior in high school again - every time I was forced to put the book down I had to remind myself that I am no longer that teen and that I am
Melissa West
Apr 26, 2012 Melissa West rated it it was amazing
For me, the wonder of PRETTY AMY is in Lisa’s ability to dive layers deep into the teenage experience. As readers we like to talk about “relating” to a main character. I don’t think it’s essential that we relate to the main character, so much that we sympathize with her. And that’s an important distinction with PRETTY AMY. I wasn’t an “Amy” in high school, but that didn’t matter. I still felt for her, rooted for her, wanted so badly for her to grow through the novel into the strong girl that I k ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Cindi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this before it comes out. I loved every minute of PRETTY AMY. Amy's so relatable and likeable and has this awesome snarky personality that made laugh. Out loud. That's right, I totally LOLd. I highlighted a ton of great lines. The pace was great. It was real and raw yet funny. This is contemporary YA at it's best, and I highly recommend everyone read it the second it comes out in May.
Lisa Collicutt
Feb 22, 2012 Lisa Collicutt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Excited for Pretty Amy release - Can't wait to read!
May 20, 2012 Kristina rated it it was amazing
I was so happy when the publisher sent me an eARC of Pretty Amy. I started it right away and finished it in one setting. It was a fast and interesting read and it wasn't at all what I was expecting, but I loved every minute of it!

Amy is a normal teenage who feels like she is all alone. Her parents don't understand her and pretty much ignore her, and her two best friends, Lila and Cassie are the "bad girls". They smoke, drink and have sex. When Amy started hanging out with them, she lost her best
Hot Stuff Book Reviews

I received an e-ARC of this stand alone novel tanks to Netgalley, Entangled Publishing and the author.

Before I read this novel I was sure to spend a good time and I was also a little afraid to be disappointed. It happens often when you're eagerly waiting for a novel. But, Pretty Amy is far much more than what I thought.

In my opinion, the author catches the spirit of all teenagers. Amy is a so believable character that, sometimes, I forgot it's just a book.
Mickey Reed
Sep 24, 2012 Mickey Reed rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
See full review here!

I received this book at RT in a contest. Here's my honest review:

This book needs to sink in a bit more. I have some weird feelings about it, but overall I liked it. Let's see where this review takes me (since I write based on feelings, this could get messy).

So, I guess my major problem with this is that all Amy did was smoke pot. She wasn't some crazed druggie doing meth in the streets or anything. Yes, she did it at school, yes, she smoked quite a bit, and yes, they got cau
Britt Marczak
Wow, this book exceeded my expectations - and believe me, they were high. This was the hardest hitting YA book I've ever read. To me, it read more like literary YA fiction.

The characters were brilliantly written - don't let Amy's defense mechanisms deter you. The characters are real. Along with hating Amy's mother, I also pity her, feel sad for her, have compassion for her. Why? Because Lisa Burstein doesn't take the easy way out. She doesn't write the parents as the one-dimensional bad guy. Sh
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
Apr 18, 2012 Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ) rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours
hey everyone I have the lovely opportunity of reading an ARC of this lovely book & being part of the blog tour for pretty Amy. more information to come. In the meantime, check out our blog: it is!

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 naïve and childish. She could have just made the deal with the lawyer! And the whole “I don’t want to be li
Aug 16, 2014 Marian added it
Short Introduction: After their dates stand them up on prom night, Amy and her friends feel betrayed and angry. After an incident occurs, Amy finds herself in a lot of trouble with her parents, her school, and the law. Separated from her best friends who make her feel like she's someone, Amy is lost. Her days are filled with appointments, work at her part time job, and more often than not, fights with her mother.

With her parents, lawyer, and coworker looking out for her best interests and pushin
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Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie, Sneaking Candy, The Possibility of Us and Again. As well as a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing ...more
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“Unfortunately, I am only myself. I am scared and alone and unsure, but I am practicing. I am scared and alone and unsure, but that doesn't mean I always will be.

Like AJ repeating words, I can repeat being me, until I start to believe it.”
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