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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  57 reviews
“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words t
ebook, 191 pages
Published August 1st 2013
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Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
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I think I would've liked this book if it were written differently. For the first time in a long time (so long I can't even remember the last time) I read a Young Adult book that's actually different... both in a bad and in a good way.

So let's start off with the bad: Chessie. I honestly did not like any part of her. At first I thought I would totally love her because she kept talking about her ginormous breasts in a funny way. Funny/witty female protagonists are
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Actual rating - 2.5

This wasn't awful, but I found the whole thing more annoying than funny.
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
The thing about "Not Pretty Enough" is that it reminds us of those awkward, early stage of our teenage years; That certain stage where we are crushing on the cutest guy and will do everything and anything just to get him to notice you.

He's taller than every one.
She have bigger boobs that every one.
Are they really match made in heaven?

Chessie is okay. I liked her. She's good to her friends and her mom and I admire her guts to do those different harebrained schemes but at another side I just d
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans

Age range: Young teen

Meet fourteen year old Francesca (Shortened to Chess or Chessie). Like most teenagers she has normal interests; shopping, hair dye and of course, boys. She's going through the experiences teenage girls all over the country have faced:

"I look terrible today. My thighs feel fatter than normal, my face feels spottier than normal, and my glow-in-the-dark pale legs are on show because we
Joana Hill
Sep 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
Read more reviews on my blog, Words and Tea Bottles.

Not Pretty Enough just wasn’t worth it in my eyes. On the surface it’s rather rife with formatting problems (mostly dialog tag stuff, which is one of my biggest pet peeves). Once you actually read it, you realize that there really is no plot to this book other than Chessie liking a boy and doing really, REALLY stupid things in her attempts to get him to notice her.

And when I say really, REALLY stupid, I do mean it. This entire book reads like t
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, ya, contemporary
I received an e-copy of this from Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly don't know where to start. Oh yes, let me tell you that I was so excited to read this one. It seemed funny. So I was really expecting a good laugh. Well, I did. But not everything funny comes free. There's always a price.

I'll make this short. I didn't like this one. Even if I laughed a couple of times, I just can't bring myself to like it. Chessie was too much for me. Everything that
Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans was a super fun and sweet read. I loved reading about Chessie's adventures to capture the heart of the boy of her dreams. I have to admit that I'm not used to reading books where the MC is a fourteen year old teenager. I was very surprised by this book. I LOL in many occasions and Chessie was a wonderful character to follow. This book was a great read and I found myself turning the pages rather quickly, just to find out what she was planning next. We
Suze Lavender
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Chessie is fourteen years old and she doesn't think she's pretty. She's in love with Lloyd Layton and does everything she can for him to notice her. Unfortunately not all her plans work out very well. Her resolution is to make him see her, to let him be aware she's there. She would even use her boobs as she has a lot in that area that could be noticed. When after many months Lloyd Layton still doesn't pay attention to her she has to take drastic measurements, but they are getting her into seriou
Emma Adams
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not Pretty Enough is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy which is perfect for tweens and teens. We follow fourteen-year-old Chessie as she attempts to win the attention – and heart – of Lloyd Layton. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. From a hair-dying experiment that ends in disaster to an accident with a javelin, Chessie’s increasingly desperate attempts to impress her seven-foot-tall classmate always seem to fail spectacularly. Teens will relate to Chessie’s woes and and cringe as ...more
Rebecca Ravenclaw
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I received a digital copy of this book on a read-to-review basis. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jaimie Admans and Dianne at
The address to follow the blog tour is: (http://oopsireadabookagain.blogspot.c...

What I liked a lot about this story was how relatable it was. I think most of us have been that girl in middle school; awkward, not quite pretty enough, and pining after that perfect guy who would never give us the time of day. Chessie Clemenfield is
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
For this review and more, visit Such A Novel Idea.

3.5/5 stars

Not Pretty Enough has a lot of things going for it. It is quirky, fun, HILARIOUS, and (eventually) has a good message. It reminded me of Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging. The book begins at January term, where Chessie decides she is going to get the attention of the boy she likes -- even if she has to make a perfect fool of herself in the meantime.

And thus begins a year of ups and downs, laughs and tears, and Chessie learning about
charlie ☾
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
“I don’t want to be popular because a boy likes me, I want to be myself, and if other people like me or if they don’t, at least I will like myself.”

Not Pretty Enough is different from other stories I’ve read. The structure was something I have to adjust at the beginning. It was like a patch of scenes, randomly narrated by Chessie. I had a hard time figuring out how many days or months have passed but after a while I forgot about it and got lost in the story.

No matter how pathetic Ch
Jenny in Neverland
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, ya
From the very first page, I knew I was going to enjoy this book and it made a pleasant change from everything long and complicated I’ve been reading lately. I signed up for the blog tour of this book, run by Dianne ( http://oopsireadabookagain.blogspot.c... ) and Jaimie Admans herself and got sent a free copy to read and review. I’m so glad I did because not only is this my first blog tour, it is the first of Jaimie’s book’s I’ve read it’s definitely encouraged me to read more! This is a relativ ...more
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Check out this review at Stay Bookish

We all have our obsessions, whether it be books, food, or even people. It just so happens that Chessie Clemenfield’s obsession is Lloyd Layton. She’s convinced it’s love. And she’s even more convinced to fight for it- or to at least get him to notice her.

This book drove me crazy. Several times, I found myself laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but other times, I had the urge to bang my head on a desk or a wall. (The only thing that stopped me was the fact that
Carrie Stadtler
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Oh dear. A little overzealous with the sawing, were we?”
“I’m sorry,” I say. “I thought I was still doing my block. My mind was
somewhere else.”
“Thinking about boys, no doubt, eh? I know what kids your age are like.”
I’m just about to put in that I was actually thinking about ways to improve our
technology lessons when suddenly Mr. Vale’s voice is booming around the classroom.
“Everybody, gather round,” he’s saying, and gesturing with his hand to come over
to our workbench.
Thirty students gather arou
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not Pretty Enough is a young adult comedy/romance. I’m far from a young adult but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this novel.

Francesca (or Chessie, as she is better known) is fourteen years old. She goes to school, she has exceptionally large boobs, she is the clumsiest girl I’ve come across since my young self and she’s in love with Lloyd Layton. Or, at least she is as in love with Lloyd Layton as a fourteen year old girl who has barely said two words to Lloyd Layton can be.

We follow a year o
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Not Pretty Enough is a hilarious coming-of-age story. We meet 14-year-old Chessie, who has made it her mission to get Lloyd Layton, her as-of-yet unrequited love, to notice her and hopefully fall in love with her. What follows is like a comedy of errors full of cringe-worthy embarrassing moments that make you laugh despite yourself because they’re just so horrific (and ofte
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I received Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans in digital format for the Not Pretty Enough blog tour hosted by Oops! I Read A Book Again.

Chessie, the main protagonist in Admans novel, was quite a character. She was just as dramatic and unreasonable as you'd expect any young teen to be, but honestly even a bit more.

Chessie, who is absolutely obsessed with Lance, a boy who goes to school with her, spends a lot of her time trying to find ways to get her guy.

From the beginning, I have no idea why s
Michelle Sedeño
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed on The Escapist.


* Might contain spoiler! I did not, actually. It just happened that the book contained a certain sequence. Just thought I'd warn you.

With a blurb like that, I pictured a fun, light and sweet contemporary read--perfect for my stressed-out state a few months ago. I'm even excited to start reading it after receiving the ecopy from Dianne (tour host).

The first chapter was fun to read, it excite me even more how she'll get Lloyd Layton, you know like in movies.
Sorcha O'Dowd
I always love losing myself in a young adult story. Whilst I’d be horrified at the thought of ever having to go through that mortifying and confidence shattering time in my life, reading of the woes of a teenager at that age is one of my guilty pleasures and I adored ‘Not Pretty Enough’ for its realistic yet hilarious storyline.

As I started reading ‘Not Pretty Enough’ it wasn’t long before I was sighing with relief and thinking ‘Finally! A young adult book that is actually relatable to young adu
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!*

When I first heard about ‘Not Pretty Enoush’ I was really excited about this book. It seemed like a fun, relaxing read that I needed. So I immediately signed up for the blog tour when I received the invite.

My opinion about ‘Not Pretty Enough’? It is, indeed, a fun read. It’s funny, it’s easy to read, it’s relaxing. But one aspect made me rate this book with 4 stars out of 5: the main character. But I will
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I read the blurb of this book, I thought it sounded pretty interesting. I thought it was going to be a romantic comedy of sorts, and I was looking forward to it.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead of being comedic, Chessie’s actions were downright embarrassing and I’m left wondering if the author actually thinks 14-year-olds are willing to do the things Chessie did in school.

First of all, I’ve got to give props to Chessie. She’s very determined and stubborn—I’ll give her that. But it g
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Chessie is an awkward girl who is in love with a boy that doesn't know she exists. In order to gain his attention, she goes to massive lengths, embarrassing herself time and time again. I was literally cringing while reading how bad Chessie ended up embarrassing herself. It's weird but when I see or read about someone embarrassing themselves to such an extreme, I actually feel embarrassed inside. Like I'm so embarrassed for them that I become embarrassed myself... ok it's hard to explain.

Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I obviously did quite enjoy this one. I like stories which are like comedies but sometimes it's not enough. Or, even, it can be too much. Just, Chessie is too much. She's almost average- she just starts off a bit clumsy & we get to know the characters and then things change... I started to not like them. Chessie became too silly, too hyperbole. She wasn't just a ditzy, average girl. She developed quite a bit, a lot of the characters did (Lloyd! Oh my!), but she never really fixed all her issues. ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover is so beautiful. If I knew nothing about this book then I would think he would have a heartbreak element to it because of the title and the look on her face... if you get what I mean....

Anyways...Wow! Let me just say... WOW. Chessie reminded me of those really crazy fangirls that are so out of control. The writing and the scenes was so very well written that I lost count of how many times and buried my head in my hands due to me cringing for her or just wondering why?

Chessie is a ve
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a brilliant writer Jaimie is! Not Pretty Enough is about a 14 year old girl called Chessie (great nickname) who really really likes a boy in her year called Lloyd Layton. The problem is he doesn't seem to like her back and Chessie does all sorts of really crazy things to make him like her! And when I say crazy, I mean seriously cringeworthy, extremely awkward, laugh-out-loud things.

I really liked Chessie, she reminded me of me at school. I will thankfully say I was not quite as extreme as C
Eustacia Tan
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm here with another blog tour! This time it's the Not Pretty Enough blog tour by Oops! I read a book again. So on to the review!

Not Pretty Enough follows Chessie as she tries to get the attention of who she thinks is the love of her life - the freakishly tall Lloyd. Chessie's reasoning is because her chest is huge, she understands what it's like to be different. Never mind that Llyod is popular and she's not.

And well, she does get his attention - but not in the way she wants. She tries to dye
Sarah Elizabeth
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Not Pretty Enough’ Blog Tour. Thanks to Jaimie Admans, and Oops I Read A Book Again.)
14-year-old Francesca (Chessy) has DD cup boobs, isn’t good at sports, and wants her crush Lloyd to finally notice her.
Unfortunately though, it seems that all her attempts to get him to realise she exists have all ended with her being horribly embarrassed.
Will Lloyd ever notice her? Will Chessy’s hair ever be the
Olivia (Bookcomet)
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp, funny, blog-tour
Absolutely hilarious and witty, Not Pretty Enough had me at the first page. It's one of the funniest books I've read this year.

Chessy was such a great character. She was so clumsy and completely accident prone. She made some really funny mistakes and her decisions in general made me wince. I feel as if I know her in real life, Jaimie Admans' described her in such a way that I got to know her for her personality. Sometimes I find that I would only recognise a character based on appearance but th
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Chessie is a sweet fourteen year old girl that can't stop thinking about one thing: BOYS.Especially one boy in particular, Lloyd Layton.He's everything Chessie is looking for in a boy so she makes a decision.She must make him notice her and become her boyfriend in one year.That's pretty much what the entire book is about.

But you will enjoy it and laugh at how clumsy Chessie can be when it comes to Lloyd noticing her.She will dye her hai
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