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Pretty Girl

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  280 ratings  ·  39 reviews
If you liked Beautiful Malice or Mice you'll be on the edge of your seat as you read Pretty Girl.

One girl's dead. One's in hospital. And another's just met the perfect guy . . .

Sarah the Sensible, that's what Sarah's year 12 jersey said. Sarah's studying law, living at Galston College on a scholarship, and happy to have found Wil, the ideal boyfriend. So why is Sarah dream
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 2nd 2013 by Woolshed Press (first published September 1st 2013)
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Carla Ferro
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disappointed because I could see the twist waaaaaaay before the book let you know. Quite frankly if you didn't work out who it was in the beginning, you've never read a book or used logic in your life. That's why I don't understand the high ratings!??? I read it until the end because 1) that's the person I am and need to finish a book once it's started and 2) I wanted to see how the girls worked it out once they snapped out of their stupidity.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
With a number of young adult books under her belt, JC Burke draws on the interesting dynamics of families and friendships in her latest book, Pretty Girl. It was the first of Burke's books I've read, but certainly won't be the last. After my extensive research (yes, Googling Burke's slightly-out-of-date website as well as Random House's site) I note that the complexities of relationships appear to be a theme in her novels.

Pretty Girl features four friends (alliteration accidental, but it's now s
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This is one of those books where you start and cant stop, when you do you cant stop thinking about whats going to happen next.
This book is based in college so yes; sex , drugs and partying take place.

Paige , Sarah , Jess and Tallulah have been friends since highschool now moving onto college together.
Strange accidents begin to occur when first Paige , an excellent diver is rescued by Sarah from the bottom of the pool, then Jess turns up dead having jumped from the laundry rooftop.
Is there a conn
Grace Bott
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
While somewhat predictable, Pretty Girl still makes a gripping read. J.C. Burke’s young adult novel centers around four-college freshman as they deal with the loss of one of their own. Told through the perspective of Sarah the Sensible and Paige the Brave, we follow along as the girls fight the pressure of their secrets. As Paige heals from a horrible accident that left her with days of lost memories, she clutches at the sole bright spot — her secret relationship with charming Jack. Meanwhile, S ...more
Emma Eade
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel comes from the perspective of two friends, Sarah and Paige. At the start we discover that their friend Jess has died and Paige is in hospital. Throughout the novel we get hints about what could of happened to Jess and Paige. This novel is very well written and is easy to follow, it also leaves room for the reader to be able to figure out the mystery on their own. I highly recommend this book to anyone who gets bored while reading a novel because this one was very intriguing.
Bree T
Sarah’s year 12 jersey says Sarah the Sensible, because that’s what she is. She’s always been known as the sensible one, the one that organises things, the one that gets things done. As a scholarship student at an exclusive boarding school, Sarah always felt a little on the outer in the core group of 4 girls. They are all much wealthier than she is, much more confident and more reckless at times. She even has a term for them and the way that they act: the genetically privileged. Sarah is settled ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not so much a mystery, as I think it becomes fairly apparent who did it, but I enjoyed the suspense of watching the characters trying to work it out and I was definitely hooked. Sarah and Paige felt very real to me; they were well written and both relatable.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent storyline. The suspense builds up nicely as the reader slowly begins to piece together the plot while glued to the pages and just begging the girls to wise up before it is too late. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all.
Victoria Cook
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish
Very predictable to the point which I could tell what was going to happen a quarter of the way through and just ended up skipping to the end
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It was not a bad read tbh, lots of mystery but the story becomes obvious before the mystery is even revealed. Some of the characters are very dumb. lol
Apr 04, 2020 added it
Absolutely awesome. It was written so nicely. Young Adult Fiction.
The Basic Bookworm
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The full review is available on The Basic Bookworm

Pretty Girl by J. C. Burke is a young adult novel that incorporates thriller, mystery and a hint of romance to create a hair-raising plot that makes teenager think twice about trusting strangers. I am familiar with Burke’s work, as I have studied The Story of Tom Brennan as part of my final high school English exam. I enjoyed the realistic plots that are central to Burke’s novels; however I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped.

One of th
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
My scale:75%

plot: This book is about four friends Sarah Paige Talulah and jess they all went to high school together and now go to university together. Then one day Sarah finds Paige at the bottom of a pool and a few days later Jess is found dead. These three girls must now deal with the death of their friend as well as a sinister figure in their lives that may strike again

characters: Sarah: is known as the sensible one and is the only one of the friends who isn't rich
Paige: is brave and is a di
Kylie Lacovich (The Reading Cow)
Pretty Girl is the first book of J.C. Burke's that I have read. It is written from two points of views - Sarah's and Paige's. Once I got into the flow of it, I really enjoyed it!

No, it's not a romance novel, although there is some romance throughout it. It's a suspense novel, and a good one! The storyline is focused around four friends and their lives and loves at college/uni.

Sarah is the odd one out in the group as she had a modest upbringing and isn't "genetically privileged" like her friends.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a story about acceptance, about wanting to belong, about finding your identity; something that every teenager goes through as they're growing up. A mystery cum teenage romance novel, the story is shared from two points of view - Sarah, a girl who is in an ivy league college on scholarship and Paige, someone who is privileged and popular.

With one death, one major accident resulting in Paige being hospitalised and admitted to a rehabilitation facility, and a mystery boy that both Sarah an
St Stephen's C C
One girl's dead. One's in hospital. And one has a secret. Paige, Sarah, Jess and Tallulah were best friends at school. Now they've begun university and are living together at college, but it's not turning out like it's meant to. Tallulah's partying too hard, Jess is being secretive, Paige is embarrassing herself with an unrequited crush, and Sarah's struggling to keep up with her wealthier friends. One night, Sarah saves Paige from drowning in the university swimming pool. Paige can't remember w ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Although I marked this as currently reading a few days ago, I only began it this afternoon. I've been playing pokemon! Anyway,I wasn't sure why I was putting off this book. The cover and the summary both were interesting, and after reading I'm glad I finally got into this book.

Now, there were a few sore points. Firstly, the changing POVs was hard to keep up with; it took me a long time to remember what was happening with each girl and their names. I also hated how insanely naive they all were. I
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was really really good. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
My only fault would be that in the first 40 or so pages the third person makes it very hard to connect with the story. It does, however, pick up from there.
The story itself is split between two of the main characters perspectives; Sarah the Sensible and Paige the Brave. I liked this because in parts it created a sense of foreshadowing in the story. Paige would remember something just as Sarah is about to make a mistake. This make it quit
Aussie bookworm
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I have had this book on my TBR list since last year, I seem to be in the minority here on not liking this book. I nearly gave up a few times, but I must say I was curious on how it ended, so I kept pushing through with it until I finished, This narration is in two different point of views between the characters of Paige and Sarah and although they have different personalities I kept forgetting whose voice is whose and I find that extremely frustrating. I did enjoy the mystery part of the story a ...more
Tina Jameson
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Teenage 'Freshers', a suspected suicide, tragic accidents, drugs, parties, emotional insecurities and a psychopath. Lots of ingredients to hook in the intended Young Adult audience. While it is fairly transparent to the reader what is going on, the female characters in the book are oblivious to how they are being manipulated. Paige the Brave and Sarah the Sensible, reveal their personal experiences through alternating chapters, allowing the reader to 'join the dots' between their experiences, th ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Overall Pretty Girl was an alright book. What I liked:

-I enjoyed the fact that it was told from two point of views, both sarah and paige.

Thats about all.

Most of it was really predictable and I had to force myself to keep reading it just to know if I was right about the ending, which I was.

Talulah annoyed the absolute shit out of me, her self righteous personality made me want to shooot myself in the face everytime she spoke.

The ending was average and predictable, which was the main reason beh
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actually rated 4.5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though I knew part way through who the murderer was, I still couldn't put the book down. By the end, I was breathless with anticipation and was like, 'come on, hurry up. Go and get him!'
Teagan (IZAKS)
AMAZING! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND THE PLOT TWIST RIPPED MY HEART OUT! But it was absolutely perfection. Perfect book if you want some feels or you want a plot twist that really screws you over, to be honest.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
I LOVE J.C. Burke as a writer, however i did not enjoy this book! i found it to be extremely predictive. To the point skipped to the end to see if my prediction was correct (it was). In my opinion its not J.C. Burkes best work.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Crime thriller. SF - suits older readers.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Absolutely drawing but the ending was a bit weird.
Jesse Harrison
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, action
I really enjoyed reading this book. Right near the end there is so much suspense. But I did figure out the ending by the middle of the book.
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.J.C Burke was born in Sydney in 1965, the fourth of five sisters. With writers for parents, she grew up in a world of noise, drama and books, but she decided to become a nurse after her mother lost a long battle with cancer. Since Burke started writing in 1999, she has published a number of acclaimed books for teenagers and young adults, including Chi

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