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Pretty by Jillian Lauren
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Feb 13, 2012

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bookshelves: read-in-2012, young-adult, contemporary, standalone, new-author-to-me
Read from February 07 to 13, 2012

** spoiler alert ** This book was interesting, but also very depressing. The story opens with Bebe and her boyfriend, Aaron getting involved in a serious car crash - one that leaves her hands and legs severely scarred and Aaron dead. Fast forward one year later and Bebe is living in a halfway house working toward her cosmetology license.

She's pretty much just existing in life, not really living. She has a unique set of friends who all have problems of their own and she's dating a guy who thinks he's Jesus. While the book was well written, I found it hard to really get into Bebe's psyche. For the most part, she was refusing to live and was constantly focused on a past and a missed out future. It isn't until she gets pregnant that she "wakes up". Well, wakes up enough to realize that her life's a mess and tries to kill herself which doesn't work and that's when her moment of clarity happens.

As I read this, I couldn't think of how this could possibly end. There wasn't a real plot, it was more like a page from her life so I was very interested in seeing where the journey ended. And truthfully, when I read the last page, it didn't seem like it was over. In a way, it left me a little unfulfilled.

Good story, interesting array of character.

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Reading Progress

02/08/2012 page 31
11.0% "A relaly depressing start"
02/12/2012 page 183
64.0% "I honestly can't see how this book ends positively"
02/13/2012 page 253
88.0% "Wow, part of me just wants to shake this girl and tell her to wake up - she needs to stop living in the past and move forward."
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Trinity I'm about halfway through this. I can send it to you when I'm finished with it, if you want.

Jenn Oooh yes please :)

Trinity Just e-mail me your mailing address, please. :)

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