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Pretty Unlikely

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
"In every every every every country...something lurks behind a corner.
Poor Anna Strouse got way more than she had bargained for when moving to Cleveland, Ohio with her crazy mother. Getting ripped away from her small town home to live in a new dangerous city wasn't the only problem she found.
As the days and months go by, crazy twists and tur
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published (first published July 30th 2010)
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Audrey Wilkerson
***CAUTION: There is bad language in the review.***

It is a rare thing for me to not be able to finish reading a book, especially when it is an author requested review. I take ARRs very seriously. Unfortunately, Pretty Unlikely now has the distinction of being the second read to review I could not finish. To use the vernacular, this book is a total and complete hot mess.

I don’t even know where to begin. Do I mention the over-the-top drama, especially between the mother and daughter? The fact that
Jul 23, 2012 Ari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I became interested in reading this book because it seemed to deal with a theme (within the paranormal) I had never explored before. But soon after I started reading the book, I began to struggle with it.

For starters, there’s some gender-subject disagreements. The author kept referring to a host, male, in a restaurant as a hostess. And I quote:

-“A tall, dark-haired, handsome hostess came up to us and smiled with his pearly whites and dimples.” (Page 18)
- “The hostess kind of reminded me of Jar
Hannah Kollef
Jul 27, 2012 Hannah Kollef rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I thought Pretty Unlikely had a lot of potential. The paranormal premise- that her house is home to something wicked, and she brings it into this world for her own gain- was intriguing. I hoped to find a book that dealt with the struggle between what you want and what is right. The haunted house backdrop, one of my favorite story types, was also a plus.

Unfortunately the book did not deliver.

There were a few interesting plot develop
❂ Sam [Nerdophiles]
Dec 17, 2014 ❂ Sam [Nerdophiles] rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book as part of a read to review program.

The only positive thing I can say about this book is that the premise had potential. Unfortunately, the book itself does not. I say that I 'read' this but it really was a struggle. I can read a book pretty damn fast let me tell you but this one? I struggled to get through the beginning. The narration is all over the place and the main character seems to be a total bitch one minute and the next minute she
Brooke Banks
First things first, I won a copy of this book in a First Reads Giveaway on Goodreads.

Secondly, this maybe young adult but it's not for children. The protagonist is 17 years old. She talks like one and acts like one. One that is brash, crass and has a smart ass mouth. I like that about Anna though and wouldn't have a problem with my teen reading this. For younger teens, I think that really depends on the teenager themselves. Be warned though there's nothing “clean” about Anna or her language. Tha
Lone Alaskan
Feb 28, 2015 Lone Alaskan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a few things that definitely need clarified about this book. Other reviewers seem to be focusing on an array of negatives- which I honestly don't understand or agree with. First and foremost- this book is targeted at a teenage audience and people between the ages of 12 and 18 are going to be the ones who get the most out of this book. They're the ones who are going to relate to the characters, be intrigued by the storyline, and find themselves running to the book store (or Amazon) to buy ...more
Nat Hodson
Dec 24, 2016 Nat Hodson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great time and deadication put into this. Beautiful cover- almost as much as the book
Jul 26, 2012 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Unlikely (Bloody Extended Version) by Emily Hodson
First of all, I received a copy of this for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review: so, thank you so much to the people who made that happen!

Cover Thoughts:
Horror movie meets chick flick. I love how it’s so scary yet it still shows the eerily beautiful side of the story. I loved how well it matched the novel! Also, props for the cover for not depicting a passive girl lying in the meadow which seems to be the norm nowadays in cover
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Mar 03, 2013 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to The Haunted Reading Room by: Young Adult Reads
Review of Pretty Unlikely
4 stars

This first in a trilogy turns Urban Fantasy on its head and really spins out those “What if?” questions. Anna at seventeen just wants to finish her last two years of high school, among her few friends, in quiet Dearborn, Michigan. She really wishes her mother Shirley would lighten up and let her be in touch with her long-divorced dad Patrick. She wishes her law student brother Tanner was more emotionally stable and less of a party animal. The solution in her mind
Feb 20, 2013 Cathie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Let me start off by saying that I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway from the author & I am grateful for the opportunity to read & review it.

While the premise was interesting (and I realize this is a YA book) the writing was very juvenile & elementary. The characters were contradictory & underdeveloped. I found there were many grammatical & spelling issues throughout the book and at times it would take me out of the storyline due to trying to figure out what she was t
Dec 04, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it
I actually know the author of this book - she and I work together at Starbucks. As another young author myself, I applaud her for going out and self publishing. It says so much about a person and her goals! I think Emily has a great and innovative idea here, and I know she plans on releasing another copy with more edits and careful consideration. I think a lot of people will like this book; she takes old ideas about monsters and combines and rekindles them into something new. And the ending is c ...more
May 11, 2015 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one is hard to review for me, I signed up for a free PDF copy in exchange for an honest review but I truthfully don't think I fit the target audience for this book.

The premise of the novel was a fairly interesting one but ultimately I just couldn't really get into the book. Truthfully, I had some issues with the slightly heavy handed dialog in some spots and some of the characters interactions and reactions to various plot points seemed fairly baffling(the whole relationship between Anna a
Dec 02, 2014 Dayana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book through the Goodreads 'First Reads'. I want to say thank you to Goodreads First Read and the author for selecting me as one of the winners in this book giveaway. The story was develop well but I think the author must work more on the dialogue between the characters. The pace of the book was quick so the reader is taking with the story and the book was not predictable.

Burma Turner
I won this book in a goodreads firstreads giveaway. Thank you, and thank you Emily Hodson.
First I want to say that I loved the author's dedication. This is the best dedication I have ever seen!
I liked the book, but I think it is really better appreciated by someone younger than myself. The story is very good, I would highly recommend this book to teenagers, they would absolutely love it!
Mar 18, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have received this title thru Goodreads First Reads! :-)
Excellent read & thanks, Emily, for the gift card & free books!
I enjoyed the book so much. The plot, characters, & explanation of the scenery is very believable. I read it so fast; I could not put it down. I will be telling everyone to read it! :-)
Kelli Lynn Dwyer
Thank you for the giveaway, and as soon as I receive and review the book I will be happy to write a review.
Oct 07, 2012 Shelly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Aug 29, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
looks and sounds awesome cant wait to read it....
Feb 04, 2013 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 12, 2012 Amaya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of Pretty Unlikely from the author, in exchange for an honest review.


Pretty Unlikely follows the life of Anna Strouse, an annoying seventeen year old who is amazingly dumb, puts her family in danger (not to mention the rest of the city), and has no common sense. She constantly contradicts herself (she hates Cleavland, then loves it, then hates it again), and doesn't like pine trees (they remind her of war), but didn't mind the 'monster siz
Okay, I've heard that the author is very open to criticism so I really hope she takes this into account. Know that this isn't an attack on the author or the book but to be honest, I loved the premise of it. It was...the's a train wreck! I'm not going to sugar coat this because that wouldn't help the author develop, especially when I can see so much potential.

Firstly, I just want to get it out of the way that I couldn't even finish the book because the writing was so sloppy. I made
Oct 01, 2016 Bow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really thought this book was all over the place and i really didn't enjoy it. I think the author had a great idea, but she didn't put it into a very readable way.
Jul 31, 2012 Lilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I am giving this 5 stars based off of some of the pickyness and uptightness of some people about this book.

I realized in Pretty Unlikely, it was not perfect, obviously but I found myself laughing and enjoying most of the story.

The story sets on a teenager and mother moving to another state (typical) daughter is mad at mother, mother is a bitch..yadda yadda

What I found entertaining about this book is that the narrator was not like other know..the typical perfect girl.

Anna St
Feb 20, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently, I agreed to write a review of Hodson's updated book, Pretty Unlikely. Scrolling through some of these reviews, I was a little surprised how harsh and over the top some of the reviewers were. Saying the characters were shallow or narration was all over the place? Anyone read 50 shades of grey? That book was way more shallow and not to mention, the writing being atrocious. Anyways, back to this book.

The premise centers on a 17-year-old troubled girl named Anna Strouse. She is forced to t
Ali Mueller
May 19, 2015 Ali Mueller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was emailed to me for an honest r2r

I found a lot of things I liked about this book and a lot of things that frustrated me/confused me, but in the end, it basically made sense.

The plot centers around a not so typical seventeen year old, with a foul mouth and attitude on her. I don't blame her though. Anna has it rough and clearly deals with a ridiculous delusional "hot young mom."

Anna is not normal though, and we get that. Like, really not...normal. As a reader, I found myself shocked i
Jan 11, 2013 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cassie Benson
Feb 05, 2013 Cassie Benson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For starters, this book was not what I expected at all. I admit, it got slow in the beginning, like most books, but it eventually picked up it's pace.
What I enjoyed about this book was the different type of texture it brought. I liked the author's narration of the sassy bitchy Anna Strouse, who is the heroine of the book :)
A lot of scenes made me giggle and a lot of scenes made a bunch of nonsense, but if you read every single chapter and read the extra POV's at the end of the book, it kind of
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Oct 20, 2012 Staci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I have both enjoyed reading "Pretty Unlikely" by Emily Hodson. This book puts a unique twist on the YA paranormal story by including a "haunted house" as a key character. We are giving this book a strong 3 stars as it has the makings of being a terrific read with a bit more polishing and fine tuning!
My rating system is as follows:

5 stars - Excellent, Worth Every Penny, Made It Into My Personal Library!
4 stars - Great book, but not a classic.
3 stars - Good overall, generally well
Pretty Unlikely by Emily Hodson

This book was a read to review from Goodreads, after seeing the blurb I decided I would give it a try. I was not expecting much from this book, and didn’t get a lot out of it either. The first part of the book captured my attention, and piqued my interest. It started off good and I enjoyed the most part of the back-story. Where I got lost in this story was who was making the “noises” and the whole let’s be friend’s part. It was elementary, to me. I like paranormal,
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Emily Hodson is the author of The Pretty Unlikely Trilogy. Since the age of 5, she always sparked an interest in writing anything and everything. She's currently in the process of finishing up her Pretty Unlikely Trilogy, along with three side novels, a fifty page poem book, and a co-authored book. She recently resided in Portland, Oregon, coming from her hometown, Anchorage, Alaska.
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