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Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  165 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Faye doesn't mean to hit the old lady she and her friends are mugging. But she does. The old lady isn't moving, but Faye has no reason to feel guilty for leaving her there. The old lady might be ancient and wrinkly now. But back in the day, she was as beautiful as they come—a famous movie star. And everyone knows that pretty and mean always go together.

But Faye does feel
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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4th out of 29 books — 24 voters
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Got 101 pages in and I just couldn't bother going. This main character is one of the most judgemental characters I have ever read. She says the worst things about people who are overweight, just plain mean. And in doing so, she also says every white girl is just a rich mean snob. I couldn't find anything redeeming about her and for one I didn't care. Points for being a POC living in 1984 New York City, but honestly I just pretty much couldn't stand her cynicism and point of view, even if she pre ...more
May 05, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Looking at this cover and title, I thought I was in for a bubbly book about a girl getting revenge on the pretty girls in school. Ha, boy was I wrong. I guess I should really start reading the back covers of books I get for review before reading them...

It's 1984 and 14-year-old Faye has found herself in with the wrong crowd. With a mother who hates her and a dad off doing his own thing and not really in the picture, Faye really has no idea where she fits in, so she starts hanging out with girls
Sep 18, 2013 Melinda rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
I wish that I had known what I was getting into before I started reading this book. Usually I can find a redeeming quality in a book but this one was hard for me. From the hateful descriptions of Caroline's fatness to the constant inability of Faye to own her issues, I just was over this book. So here's the kinda good. The book flowed from moment to moment. I wasn't ever confused about what was going on even if I didn't understand why. I felt sorry for Faye's home situation. Her mom needed help ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Suzanne rated it liked it
The title is sort of deceptive: There’s not really very much revenge in this book, so I’m a bit afraid that teens who pick it up will be expecting some hi-jinks at the expense of mean girls, but that’s not what they will get, so there’s one reason they might not check it out or read it if they do take it home. Another reason some might not dig it is the mid-1980s setting. Just long enough ago that some readers might miss some of the fashion and popular references, though Faye’s obsession with Mi ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Shelley rated it it was ok
This is definitely a fat-hating book. Based on the title, I really expected it to challenge societal ideals of beauty, but it doesn't. Prettiness isn't actually discussed all that much, just that pretty = mean and that other people will like pretty girls no matter how mean they are. But Faye, the narrator, is just as shallow as anyone else. She has a crush on Curly because he's so good-looking, even though he doesn't care about Faye and they don't even really know each other. She comments on her ...more
Natalie Couch
I didn't much enjoy this book when I first picked it up, but Faye really turned it around by the end of the novel. For every recycled plot line in the book, there is also an equally unique message unfolding. Faye is the real embodiment of youth crime and broken, destructive homes. She never comes off as a stereotype, and her growth as a character is touching. I'm a bit confused, though, about whether or not she fully redeems herself for valuing beauty too much. She sees Gerald differently in the ...more
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Jun 21, 2013 Alma Ramos-McDermott rated it it was amazing
Fourteen-year-old Faye lives with her abusive mother in a rundown section of Brooklyn in 1984. She hasn’t quite developed the womanly body or smooth, sophisticated look of some of the girls in her school, and feels plain, flat chested and ugly. Unable to fit in, she falls in with the wrong crowd and becomes a petty thief.

Read the whole review on my blog (don't forget to follow me on "Should I read it or not?" to get all my reviews in your inbox): http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c...
Miranda Crocker
Jul 15, 2016 Miranda Crocker rated it really liked it
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Nov 25, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
14 year old Faye lives in 1984 Brooklyn with her mom. Her dad is rarely around, her mom works a lot and Faye tends to get in trouble. Two of her good friends are bad influences - they like to steal. And one day, they go too far. Through a school mate, there hear a story about an old woman who used to be a famous actress and has lots of money in her apartment.So when Faye and her friends push their way in, Faye accidentally hits the woman and runs away thinking she’s dead.

When Faye learns about k
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Her family lives paycheck to paycheck and her clothes don't fit the convention. It's the 1980s, age of the material girl, and she is one of the only poor kids at her catholic school. It's easy to see how Faye might want to make those who "have" feel as vulnerable as she feels being a "have not." Faye and her friends target pretty girls, because everyone knows that "pretty" is the same as "mean." When they target an elderly former "pretty girl actress" things get complicated fast. When the woman ...more
Jun 13, 2014 Kyara rated it really liked it
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Apr 15, 2014 Wisteriouswoman rated it it was amazing
It had me worried in the beginning when I realized that the main character was hanging with a bad crowd. Even so, I stuck with it and was glad to see it is really a book about redemption and restitution.

Sometimes our best lessons in life come through the school of hard knocks. But other lessons come from the wisdom of people that have lived hardship themselves. This book could be a learning opportunity for many readers as they see the consequences, for good or evil, of the choices that both Fay
Jan 06, 2015 P. rated it liked it
I read this last year for a ms book club, don't know where my review went *side eyes goodreads*

I think it's a really solid middle grade title. Faye is a complicated person and she navigates complicated situations, without seeming like she's older than her age. It didn't seem unrealistic that she would go back to Evelyn's apartment and make friends with her.

2 things that bothered me
1. weird 80s references that tried too hard.
2. Faye is so fat-phobic. she makes so many comments about how fat peop
Sep 11, 2013 Sherri rated it really liked it
It’s 1984 and no matter how much 14-year-old Faye Andrews dreams about Michael Jackson’s moonwalking, whenever she opens her eyes, the despair of her daily life threatens to overwhelm her. Growing up in the slums of Brooklyn, New York with an abusive mother is not easy when you are also trying to survive your freshman year of a Catholic high school.

Faye’s stress relief is to take revenge by stealing from pretty girls simply for the reason that they’re white and pretty and she’s black and ugly.
Megan Jensen
Feb 24, 2014 Megan Jensen rated it it was ok
I didn't want to read this book. It didn't appeal to me in anyway, but I started it, and I read it in one night. In the beginning, I hated Faye but by the end of the book, I loved her and Evelyn, and their story left me in tears. That being said, I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone under the age of seventeen. Even though the main character is 14, there are several curse words, underage drinking, and discussion of the male anatomy. I loved the book, just not for younger kids.
Jul 02, 2016 Bless rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read-by-all-means! So hard to put down this book! Events after events after events keeps this book very interesting and fun. The relations of a young teen and a famous oodles woman is very intriguing and how it means that even though in your gut you feel like doing the right thing, it is never to late to change and fix up your mistakes with a little guidance and harsh but helpful help and life advice.
Sade Means
Oct 29, 2013 Sade Means rated it liked it
In Brooklyn, 1994, fourteen year old Faye Andrews is was in deep trouble. She mugged and robbed an old lady that just may have been a big, beautiful movie star, but she also accidently killed that certain movie star, too. It isn’t the first time Faye hasn’t jumped people before—most of them had it coming anyway. She goes for the people who deserve it. The people who are so beautiful that they look down on the ones that aren’t so lucky to be blessed with good looks or money for designer labels. ...more
Sep 11, 2013 Aziza rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, when I first started reading this I felt it was a little slow for my taste. I thought that Faye was gonna end up being a delinquent through out the whole book, BUT that didn't happened. When I took the time out this weekend to actually sit down and try to finish reading this novel, I was really surprised by it's journey and the outcome of it. I will admit I cried a lot at the end (to the point where it was getting hard to read hahaha), but this book holds a very special place in ...more
May 28, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Unless you happen to be a shoplifter or petty thief, this is not your everyday YA read. That's just what I liked about it—Blythe's protagonist, Faye, assumes that the reader will take such activities in stride. I love stories that pair young characters with seniors, and due to the flaws that become apparent in both characters over the course of this story, the relationship between Faye and the elderly woman she attacked is particularly touching. Surprisingly, considering her gruff upbringing by ...more
Mar 09, 2016 TGSDragon rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books that I've completely fallen for, I would gladly read it again & again. It's not even close to what I'd consider a genre I'd like, but I'm glad I gave it a shot because it took me on a roller coaster ride I'll never forget. The main character's development was encouraging & the plot was unique. Ten out of ten points to Carolita Blythe for writing this master-peace.
Feb 10, 2015 Orchid rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I have tried repeatedly, over two years, to read this one and just cannot get into it. It sounded interesting and like something I would enjoy, yet, it just never seemed to click with me.

So, here lies another book I wanted to enjoy so much, and, was unable to get into.
Alicia Weaver
May 25, 2015 Alicia Weaver rated it liked it
What a horrible title for this book. And while it wasn't my favorite read on the summer reading list, it wasn't horrible. And it was easy for our struggling readers. I did like the idea of karma as the cause and effect of the plot line.
Jun 14, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
I was surprisingly moved
By the end of a book which I found slow going and predictable. Guess the characters got under my skin despite that.
Aug 15, 2013 Hope rated it really liked it
This book tells a story of redemption, and uses an odd plot. I thought at first that it was another racial promotion book, but as I read on the story opted more to just how a young girl in 1984 was living her life. There were some parts that reminded my of myself, such as when Faye keeps trying to fix someone else's problems and ignores her own. Also, she underestimates her character and tells nobody about her life at home except her elderly friend, Evelyn Rider. Also, this book isn't boring for ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Serina rated it really liked it
Shelves: gs-ya2014
14 year old black girl in browx nyc is thief an in general hates an grumbles about the hand she delt. But then befriends this 80 year old white lady an attitude shifts. Almost @ end of each chapter excellent piece of thought killing wisdom. Does have couple curse words. One scene of under age drinking an also where boy trys to get blow job. That isn't explicit but u know what he asking for, she turns away cuz Rbr mom said don't get pregnant. Even thou it set in the 80s I think most young black g ...more
Emma Ball
Jun 16, 2014 Emma Ball rated it it was amazing
Very good, good diversity for list.
Jan 27, 2015 alexa~♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll write a review on my blog soon.
3.5 stars
Nov 06, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-shelf
Pros: Great main character with plenty of flaws and attributes; presents "problems" without becoming didactic or horribly depressing; offers a historical (can you call the 1980s that?) novel that feels fresh and modern.

Cons: A cover and title that seem at complete odds with the book. At first glance this looks like it will be a quirky, fun read. While it's a great story, it's not a light read at all. It was really jarring when I began reading this thoughtful, slow, and tough story.
Jun 22, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it
Shelves: serious-fun
I really enjoyed the self-discovery that Faye goes through in the novel because it made her seem more realistic and three-dimensional. The beginning showed her one-sided view of her environment, which got on my nerves a bit, but I understood that it was a result of her tough upbringing. In the end, she evolves into a confident, mature individual respected by the reader. I liked the troubled-teen-mentored-by-a-senior situation and had fun following Faye as she learned about herself.
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