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Pretty Face

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,042 ratings  ·  247 reviews

That's what I am. A funny girl. A friend. Nobody's girlfriend. The girl with the pretty face.

Hayley wishes she could love living in Santa Monica, blocks from the beach, where every day and everybody is beautiful and sunny. But she just doesn't fit in with all the blond, superskinny Southern California girls who have their plastic surgeons on speed dial. Hayley is sma

Hardcover, 213 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by HarperTeen (first published February 1st 2008)
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Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this story started off with basically describing my relationship with my mother... It is just so relatable to many young ladies out there in our generation, that my heart hit home the instant the mother and daughter relationship started off. Then, came the reality of the main character, Hayley to hit home as well about her love life. At first, because of the synopsis, I was thinking she would actually stay and be happily with the guy named Drew who she has had a crush on for a while no ...more
Jul 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, ya, 2010, ebooks
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Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA readers or if you might have been a chubby teenage
Shelves: e-book, young-adult
This book was wonderful... I laughed, wanted to slap the hell out of the mother, and cried all within the couple of hours that I read this book.
This book was like reading a story of my life.. just change Claifornia to Florida, a BFF with brown hair to blonde hair, and a Summer in Italy to a summer soccer camp and we're like but really,

Pretty Face is the story of a young girl whom is having a hard time dealing with the situations of being a 16 yr old girl. She cant get any help from
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
That's what I am.
A funny girl.
A friend.
Nobody's girlfriend.
The girl with the pretty FACE.

Hayley wishes she could love living in Santa Monica, blocks from the beach, where every day—and everybody—is beautiful and sunny. But she just doesn't fit in with all the blond, superskinny Southern California girls who have their plastic surgeons on speed dial. Hayley is smart and witty and has such a pretty . . . face. Translation: Don't even think about putting on a bikini, much less dating superhot Drew
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, romance
While I enjoyed Pretty Face, I didn't like the people all that much. Yes, of course I loved Hayley and Jackie and the Italians, but why is Hayley's dad such a do-nothing? And Hayley's mom is toxic! She refuses to see how she is damaging her daughter. And frankly, I really disliked that Hayley's hard-won self confidence is so intertwined with a boy's attention. What's going to happen back in Santa Monica where she is still curvy and still living with her obsessed mom? ...more
Shesten Melder
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Plot Sketch: Hayley is thirty pounds overweight. Her mom is a gung-ho member of Waist Watchers and rides Hayley constantly about going to the Doctor about her weight. She even buys her a talking scale. People always tell her what a pretty face she has, but never tell her she's pretty. Hayley has been crushing on Drew Wyler for a while, but when the opportunity to go to Italy for the summer arises, she snaps it up. The only bad thing is leaving Jackie, her best friend, behind. While in Italy, she ...more
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, ya-contemporary
Hayley- A girl with a pretty face.
That is what she has always been.
She is witty, funny and she has a great sense of humor but someway the boys just don't see her as a potential girlfriend canditate.
They just see her as a friend.
And Hayley is more than sick of that.

Hayley is not like "ordinary" girls in Santa Monica, California. She does not fit to the scene with the all blond, super skinny California girls. She is a little fat, not much, but just the way that putting a bikini on and going to the
Jay G
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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Hayley is 16. Everyone has always told her that she is funny and a great friend, you know, the girl with the pretty face. There's just one problem, Hayley is overweight and very unhappy about it. Her mother is a member of Waist Watchers, a local weight loss group, and is very adamant about Hayley losing at least 30 pounds. When the opportunity to travel to Italy for an entire summer ari
Nov 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, young-adult
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Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Mary Hogan's book The Serious Kiss, but I wasn't wild about it. I enjoyed Pretty Face much more, even though it deals with some of the same issues (specifically: weight).

In Pretty Face, Hayley is overweight and the boys she likes just want to be friends. Yes, she's got a pretty face, but if they could just look past her weight, they'd see she has a lovely personality too. But they don't. And neither does her mother. Having conquered a weight problem of her own, Hayley's mother is deter
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first thing I noticed was that Hayley acts a lot older than sixteen, but I guess you would be more mature if your self-esteem was constantly being drilled to the ground. Maybe if her mom reassured her that no matter her size she was still valued and loved then the poor girl wouldn't have to be carted off across the ocean to find peace. Drew was an ass though if he wanted Jackie he didn't have to go through Hayley and break her heart but then again men can be so oblivious at times. ...more
Stefania Polverelli
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
For my quarter one reading assignment I decided to read a book I wouldn’t normally read in my spare time. I chose the book, Pretty Face, by Mary Hogan. The description of this book described a young girl with weight issues who is sent to Italy for the summer alone. The description seemed boring and unrealistic to me, since she was only sixteen or seventeen but I decided to read it anyways. Hayley, the main character, has body image issues and is not comfortable in her own skin, the description ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well, pretty likable protagonist here. Hayley's overweight and would like to lose weight, but it's not her top priority, and anyway, regardless of whether or not she loses weight, she'd like to keep a handle on who she is. When her parents offer to send her to Italy to stay with a family friend for the summer (pretty much the entire reason I read this), she jumps at the chance to get away from pressure (mostly her mother's pressure) to conform.

So...I liked that Hayley's transformation was more a
Nov 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
hayley-main character
jackie-hayley's bff
drew wyler-a dude that likes jackie, one of hayleys friends,hayleys use-to-be crush
ty-jackies brother
Quinn-hayleys younger brother
john-hayleys dad
gwen-hayleys mom
patrice-hayleys moms friend
Gino-patrice's husband
gianna-patrice and ginos daughter
taddeo-patrice and ginos son
peggy-random person
edinburgh-random person
colleen-one of gwens friends
romy-gianna's bff
mario-guy that works at internet cafe
enzo-a dude that hayley falls in love with when they meet in ita
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I am torn on this book. The overall idea that everyone is beautiful in their own way and we have to, at some point in life, come to an understanding with ourselves that we are who we are and there is nothing wrong with that is a wonderful thought. It is an idea that every girl should learn and fast! But, for Hayley's self esteem to be so tired to boys liking her is so not what I would ever teach my child. Sending her to Italy was the best thing that her parents could have done for her and I wish ...more
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction, travel
This book was written to be a "coming to terms with your appearance and learning to love yourself as you are" book, and that element is definitely there. Hayley has the misfortune to be a curvy girl in the "land of the L.A. lollipops," and her vegetarian fitness-crazed mother is constantly on her back to lose weight. But for me, this book is a travel fantasy. Hayley also has the great good fortune to have a family friend with a rustic home in Umbria, and an invitation to spend her summer in Ital ...more
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
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Lauren Chai
May 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Pretty Face by Mary Hogan is about a fat girl with a pretty face named Hayley. She hates her body and is jealous of her best friend Jackie because she is skinny and everybody likes her. When Hayley's crush likes Jackie, she was devastated. Hayley's mom suggests Hayley to go to Rome to visit her mom's side of the family. Hayley quickly agreed to it because she wants a new beginning in life and plans to lose weight.
When she was in Italy she experience life and enjoy every moment of it. She meet a
Easy read about a girl who is known for her pretty face, and her less than model thin body. Hayley, the main character, is constantly bombarded by her mother telling her to lose weight, so it is no surprise that she is obsessed with her weight too. The solution: go to Italy. After walking up hills in Assisi and falling in love, Hayley is transformed. The one thing I did love about this book is that Hayley finally changes her perspective (see quote below). What I did not like is the idea that all ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Insecurities eats us up. We've wasted so much time, dwelling on our own insecurities, where else we should learn to embrace it, instead of living in constant self-denial and loath. That's what Pretty Face taught me.

Unlike any other characters in books, she is flawed, yet perfect. In other books, those characters are hot, cute, pretty, handsome, but being Hayley, she's fat, and that is a huge cause for her low self-esteem. It's not that she is emo or something like that, it's just that, she can't
This book is about a girl name Hayley, who at first think pretty refers to body size. She lives in California, a state with an influential media that defines perfection and beauty. Furthermore, her mother has a thin body that checks and controls Hayley's diet. Under all these pressure, Hayley felt different and self-conscious. Hayley uses her humor to attract a charming boy from school however their relationship ends in a disaster. Her mother decided to let Hayley leave to Italy and stay over at ...more
Kai Yi
Aug 30, 2010 added it
Shelves: 12th-grade
Regardless of how she accepted the fact that she doesn't "fit in" with the "normal" girls in South Carolina, Hayley, our protagonist still shows the disappointment that she is only a girl with a "pretty face". The term "pretty face" is like taboo for Hayley because she knows there isn't any other way you can compliment her. Besides that fact, her mother also consistently complains about her weight. Hayley knows for the truth that she isn't especially pretty or skinny, but the pressure that was p ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mary Hogan gives us a refreshing read in “Pretty Face.”

The novel centers around the main character Hayley, who lives in Santa Monica and can’t stand it. Being fat makes her an outcast in California, in school, at the beach — even in her own home. Her mom urges her to fight the fat, but Hayley can’t seem to commit and doesn’t really know if she wants to.

Failing at fighting the bulge and at boys, Hayley pretty much gives up until her parents decide to send her to Italy. While there, Hayley tries t
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens
It's a really good read for me. I fell in love with Italy and Rome and I wanted to go there if I ever had the chance. I felt envious of Hayley and I can really relate to her dilemma, having been called "fat" as well. I like how the book tells about self-acceptance and liking yourself for who you are, I've learned a lot from this. This book is worth reading!

I don't like Hayley's mom though. I understand how she wants her daughter to live the way she was when she was still thin, but the way she pu
Beth G.
High school student Hayley lives in Santa Monica, minutes from the beach, surrounded by the rich and beautiful of Southern California. But an extra 30 pounds keeps her out a bikini and keeps her mother dragging her to meetings of "Waist Watchers" and confiscating her mini chocolate bars. To make matters worse, the boy she's had a crush on all year turns out to like her best friend. Suddenly, Hayley's parents announce that they are sending her to Italy for the summer. In the picture-perfect Umbri ...more
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
This book was really short in my opinion but it was humorous. It was a fun book and i really enjoyed it. at first i thought this book was going to have a lot of drama and be very deep but it wasn't. This nook reminded me of the movie Just Wright. Both Hayley and Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) was both the funny girl and the friend. But i guess that this shows that in life there's going to that special someone.
I think the mom in this book was one of my most favorite moms that ive read so far in
Charnelly Francis
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this this book, its was just so real. I feel that any teenager could relate to this book because it talks about loving yourself for who are. Not what anyone else says about you but what You feel. This book also talked about self confidence. That one should have confidence in ones self because it may lead to regrettable decisions. Haley in this is a smart, pretty young lady, but yet she doesn't see it. Why,
because she believes she is the fattest girl one earth, when shes only 125 pounds.
Gabi  S.♥
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was really good and showed how you shouldn't judge yourself. Hayley has always been called the girl with the "pretty face". In other words, she considers herself fat, but it doesn't help when your mom is pushing you to come to weight loss meetings. As summer approaches, her mom is sending her to Italy where her old college roommate lives, but not for fat camp. When there, she learns she's not fat, she has curves and pizza is not evil. Finally, she meets Enzo who likes her for who she i ...more
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