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The Pretty One

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  984 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
All Megan Fletcher had wanted was to be like her sister Lucy: a beautiful, thin girl whom everyone at the Chesapeake School for Performing Arts worshipped and adored. While Lucy was a star actress with lots of fans, Megan had always been hiding behind the set designs that she and her best friend Simon had created, hoping that no one would notice her.
And then one day, life
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Ember (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 16, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
The beginning started off horrible and I wanted to shoot myself every time I picked it up to try and read it. For example (exact quote), "I'm looking at his eyes, even though his gaze keeps shifting around the room. I had thought they were just blue, but up close they're a blue-green, slightly more blue than green. If I were going to paint them, I would use a combination of colors, beginning with a sky blue before adding a tinge of emerald green." Ughh.
The ending got better though because it kin
Samantha Mccoy
Oct 12, 2010 Samantha Mccoy rated it it was ok
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Oct 01, 2009 Hana rated it really liked it
For my book report I chose the book The Pretty One by Chery Klam. I chose this book because the title and front cover appealed to me. In this book Klam writes about a girl named Megan who is fat and ugly. But that's not even the worst part. Imagine having to wake up every morning to see that your older sister is beautiful and skinny and pretty much has it all. That's exactly what Megan has to go through until one day she gets into a horrific accident. The accident did so much damage that Megan ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Chey rated it it was amazing
Personally, I adored this book.
The writing is hilarious! I love this book and I thought it was interesting, intriguing, and also very real. The conflict between Lucy and Megan is understandable- and I think what makes this book so realistic is the fact that Megan sees Lucy as this perfect, wonderful sister who can't do wrong. And as it becomes revealed that she is much, much less, both the reader and Megan see that Lucy's just a normal teenage girl.
It's totally true, too, that Lucy was nice
Apr 01, 2014 Mizuki rated it liked it
First, I admit school drama among teenagers is hardly my cup of tea, but I do enjoy the rivalry between the two sisters. Still, I am really disappointed by the ending because (view spoiler) IT'S SO OUTRAGEOUS! So two stars have t ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Izzy rated it liked it
I loved this story from beginning to end. The story of two sisters. One gorgeous and slim, the other ugly and overweight.

The story of a ugly duckling being reborn into a magnificent swan. A miricle, some would say.

The only thing I would've changed was the ending. It wasn't anywhere close to bad, but I felt just a little bit unsatisfied.
Sophia Choi
Jun 08, 2010 Sophia Choi rated it did not like it
Everyone wants to be beautiful, gorgeous, someone that people will admire. Megan Fletcher had that wish. In The Pretty One by Cheryl Klam, Megan is an overweight, plain girl who had been overshadowed by her talented and beautiful sister, Lucy, for most of her life. When she gets involved in a car accident, a cosmetic surgery had made her become the "pretty one" and the center of attention. When the two sisters both fall for the same guy, let the war begin. The story intrigued me. It was a fresh ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Christie rated it liked it
i enjoyed this book, first book i have been able to finish in the past 3 or 4 months.
Megan is the ugly duckling and lucy is the princess.
One day there is an accident and megan is turned into the swan.
megans character is nice and as she introduces you to her sister, you get the feeling youre not going to like her very much and as the story goes on, its true.
Lucy lies and hurts megan more times then you can count. However one reason i didnt enjoy the book as much as i wished i had, megan always
Sep 18, 2013 Marina rated it it was amazing
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Feb 08, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Does anyone else hate that we can't give 1/2 stars? I would give this 3.5 or 4 and it would depend on the day. This is a classis 'chick' book, but it's better than a beach read. I think it does explore this concept of inner beauty, sibling rivalry, and meaningful relationships similar to a Dessen book. I have read it twice and liked it both times.
Prisila Villafan
Sep 23, 2013 Prisila Villafan rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it is about things that happen in real life. I loved how she was still the same person anyways that she got a new face and body,but just because of that you dont have to change who you are on the inside. Stay who you are :) never change.
May 09, 2011 Genee rated it it was amazing
At first I didnt know if I was going to like this book but in he end I couldnt stop reading it. I LOVED this book. I Recommend it for everyone.
Pepper Reyes
Jul 01, 2014 Pepper Reyes rated it really liked it
Last night at 2 AM (is it still "last night?"), I went to bed feeling accomplished.


The first time I read it was back in third year high school. It was all thanks to Jamie who lent me her printed copy of it during prom practice. But because 1) all of us have been busy that week and 2) there were three more classmates lining up to borrow it after me and 3) I used to be a very slow reader, I had to give it back to her. Without reading it long enough to get to the denouem
Nov 07, 2013 Synceer rated it really liked it
Klams purpose of writing her book, The pretty one, is to let her audience know that it does not matter what is in your heart and how you treat people, if you are not pretty/beautiful people will treat you differently depending on what you look like on the outside. The pretty one offers lack of confidence to its readers. It teaches us that looks do matter and what is in your heart and how you treat people does not matter. The pretty one is a very degrading story. It makes the reader feel terrible ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Bianca rated it it was ok
The beginning really drags in this book, and some of the middle too. Had she shortened it up by about 70 pages it would have been a lot better. Too much repetition - otherwise the plot is good and the characters are realistic.

I borrowed this from my classmate because she recommended it and told me it's good. I liked this book because of the transformation of a girl and how she goes through the change. Sisterhood is important in life and really think that the book reinforces the idea of how siste
Jul 06, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
It's an interesting subject that spans this book: if you could change everything about the way you look to become more like what you hoped you would be, would you? The decision for Megan is made for her when she ends up getting hit by a car after overhearing devastating things about her appearance from her sister and her sister's friend. As a result, she has to undergo extensive plastic surgery and, due to her illness, loses all of the weight she previously struggled with. This launches her into ...more
May 21, 2011 sofia rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya-teen, drama
Set in the city of Baltimore, Megan Fletcher has always been envious of the spotlight possessed by her amazingly beautiful, barbie-doll-like sister, Lucy Fletcher. The two sisters are totally different concerning physical features (where Megan is the ugly one and Lucy is the strikingly beautiful one), but they both share the same interest--the performing arts. Which is why they attend Chesapeake School of Arts.
Megan, squished in with all the unpopular and unattractive techies, constantly remains
Jan 29, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-2009
The Pretty One
April 8th 2008, Delacorte Books for Young Readers binding Paper
pgs.368 $
Cheryl Klam
ISBN-13: 9780385733731

Imagine going to a school where you have to spend your whole school year in school being a loner. And many people makes fun of you of how your looks. Megan Fletcher is consider to be one of the "loser" girls. She doesn't look that beautiful and she wears baggy clothes. Megan wants to be like her sister, Lucy, beautiful, skinny, and flawless. The Pretty One is a remarkabing story
Ciarra Hampton
May 18, 2013 Ciarra Hampton rated it really liked it
If I were to rate this book, I would rate it a six because the plot was not very good and it was a little slow. The beginning was extremely slow and boring. I only kept reading to see if it would pick up a little bit. The Author dragged out some parts. Also the plot was pretty predictable. The book begins with a girl named Megan, who is not every guys dream girl, transfers to The Chesapeake School of the Arts because her beautiful, talented sister, Lucy, wanted to major in drama and acting. ...more
Celeste Moore
May 15, 2015 Celeste Moore rated it it was amazing
Delacorte Press, 2008, 356 pp., $9.99
ISBN 978-0-385-73373-1

“The Pretty One”
Author: Cheryl Klam

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wondered, "who is that?" That is what Megan Fletcher thinks everyday. She has lived her entire life hiding in the shadows of her older sister Lucy, whom everyone adores. Lucy has always been much prettier than Megan, and everyone knows it. But one night, Megan’s entire life changes. After a terrible accident, doctors have to remake her entire face. When
Jessie Craig
Sep 16, 2014 Jessie Craig rated it really liked it
The book The Pretty One by Cheryl Klam is an amazing book about a sixteen year old girl named Megan. Megan has always lived in her sisters shadow. Lucy (Megan’s sister) is very pretty and always gets the lead roles in the plays at the school the girls go to. Megan has always been “fat and ugly” and stayed backstage. Lucy is also really popular while Megan really only has one friend; Simon. Despite their differences the sisters are very close. Or so Megan thought. When Lucy convinces Megan to go ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Megan is perfectly used to living in her sister Lucy's shadow. Lucy is the pretty one. Megan is the other sister. You might describe the sisters as day and night. Lucy is day with her blond hair and blue eyes. Megan is night with her dark hair and dark eyes. More than coloring, Megan's features aren't what you'd call pretty. Despite this, Megan is content with her life. When she finds out what Lucy really thinks of her, she's distraught and walks out into to traffic. Luckily, most of the damage ...more
Maren Gregg
Mar 03, 2014 Maren Gregg rated it really liked it
I read The Pretty One and it's written by Cheryl Klam.  This is a story about two sisters in high school.  One is particularly prettier than the other.  The main character, Megan Fletcher, is jealous of her older sister Lucy.  When Megan his trajically hit by a car the doctors have to totally reconstruct her face.  Megan has to deal with people treating her differently because she is now "pretty."  She has to realize that life for her will probably never be the same as it was before the ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Carla rated it it was ok
Shelves: la-2, young-adult, romance
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Zoe Cohen
Feb 14, 2012 Zoe Cohen rated it really liked it
Megan has always been in her older sister's shadow. This is because Lucy is gorgeous and one of the most talented actresses in their preforming arts high school. Megan on the other hand is over weight, considered ugly and a techie. This all changes when Megan over hears Lucy and one of her friends talking about her in a school dance. In rage Megan runs out and gets hit by a car. After all of her surgeries and recovery no one expected Megan to turn out prettier than Lucy. Megan was not ready for ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it
This is the story of a girl named Megan Fletcher and her sister Lucy Fletcher. Megan has always been hidden in the shadows of Lucy's flirty, gorgeous, and warming personality. Lucy, being the beautiful girl all of the boys want to date and that all of the girls secretly envy, is always in the spotlight. Megan, being the ugly, slightly bigger girl that none of the guys want to date and all the girls pity, can never seem to catch a break. Up until one awful night which entails a horrid accident. ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it

Cheryl Klam’s “The Pretty One” is a fun tale of a teenage girl, Megan Fletcher, who has her life turned upside down. Megan, who normally was picked on because of her chubbiness, big nose, and bucked teeth, strongly envies her older sister, Lucy, was is not only stunning and a theater major, but desired by all of the boys in school. Then, after being in a car accident which causes Megan to have cosmetic surgery and braces, she becomes beautiful, popular and takes away the spotlight from her siste
Oct 27, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit-1-12
Two sisters are extremely close; Lucy is the older "perfect" sister, everyone loves Lucy. She's beautiful, kind, smart, talented, and the star of all the school plays. Then there is Megan... the not so pretty, shy, overweight, weird one. Megan can't measure up to Lucy, ever. Megan looks up to her sister in every way but after overhearing her sister say terrible things about her, Megan runs. She's involved in a terrible accident which leaves her with major facial plastic surgery, and having her ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Jordin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mature Middle School- High School Kids.
I read this book in nine hours. I couldn't stop. I felt like most of Megan's character was a reflection of myself.

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Mar 19, 2014 Cheyenne rated it it was ok
My favourite aspect of this book was the characters: Megan- funny, quirky, insecure; Lucy- sweet though a little controlling; Drew- Overall adorable. And the rest were equally as life-like. I picked this up in Barnes & Nobles and fell in love by chapter one. Hopefully you all like it as much as I did!


After re-reading, I have come to terms with some (albeit minor) problems I have with this book:

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