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How do you know who to trust? Can you even trust yourself, your own instincts, and choices? Andrea, or "Bones" as her mom calls her, thinks of herself as smart, but intelligence only gets you so far and she finds herself nowhere near as smart or as tough as she thought.

"All Out of Pretty" is a gripping, thoughtful look at one girl's journey to figuring out what really mat
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Hardcover, 350 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Creston Books
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Ingrid Palmer Hi, and thanks for the question! The title ALL OUT OF PRETTY came to me shortly after I started writing the book, and I immediately thought "aha...thi…moreHi, and thanks for the question! The title ALL OUT OF PRETTY came to me shortly after I started writing the book, and I immediately thought "aha...this is perfect!" It encompassed everything Andrea was feeling--how she rejected her physical beauty because it linked her to her mother, then became a liability, and finally because the darker aspects of her life made her feel ugly inside. Andrea's relationship with beauty is an ongoing theme that she works to resolve throughout the novel. I did include a scene in the book that directly referenced the title (though it almost got cut in edits!) (less)

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Akeating2003
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this down. Such an amazing, sad story about a young girl in a horrible life situation. It was hard to read due to the hopelessness but I kept rooting for her.
Jennifer DeFrancesco
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book really hit home with me.
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arcs, ya
Rating: 3.5 Stars

This book took me into a world of drugs and violence, and chronicled one girl's attempt to maintain those things she valued, while trying to survive her circumstances.

•Pro: Andrea was one of the greatest strengths of this book. Even when she was making poor choices, and I was shouting for her to STOP!, I still couldn't abandon her, because I understood that it was desperation driving her decisions, and it made me sad, filled me with rage, and appealed to my empathetic side.

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Carolyn Elaine
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Andrea's life shattered with the death of her grandmother. Now having to live with her drug addict of a mother, Ayla, and her drug dealer boyfriend, Andrea must fend for herself. With school as her only solace, Andrea hides the tragedies of her life from everybody and hurts those she really care about.

In this heartbreakingly tragic novel, Andrea must learn to let in people when she needs it the most.

Such an impactful novel. I loved it. It was a beautifully written novel with intense meaning be
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Joya Goffney
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I only gave this book four stars because of my level of enjoyment. I didn't enjoy it five stars worth, but I did enjoy it a great deal. But as far as books go, it's probably worth five stars. Very well written, very well paced and structured. Great amount of momentum. It was a sad book, which is why I was avoiding reading it, because I've been in this phase of reading happy, love books.

But, anyway, what I mostly took away from this book was the, uh, way Palmer manipulated my feelings. Rather th
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Katherine
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, five-stars
This book follows the story of Andrea, whose already difficult life is turned upside down when she is forced to live with her mother, who is a long-time drug addict, and her mother's boyfriend, who is her mother's supplier and who enlists Andrea in his enterprise. The book has been criticized for having "too few bright spots," but then those same reviewers admit that people who believe they are trapped in this lifestyle DON'T have many bright spots in their lives. I certainly wouldn't say this b ...more
Sarah
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ALL OUT OF PRETTY sneaks up on you unexpectedly. Unflinching in its depiction of a smart, yet vulnerable girl's descent into a back-woods world of violence, drugs, manipulation and control, Andrea's story never strays too far from hope. It is this hope whether through unexpected friendships, memories of a loving grandmother or the survival instincts of a smart, yet vulnerable girl that make this book so compelling. Readers won't be able to put this book down for wanting to know what happens next ...more
Maxine Kaplan
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All Out of Pretty is a remarkable book. The main character Andrea, a.k.a. Bones, has an intelligence and level of grit that shines through no matter how desperate her situation gets. It's a blunt, forceful, and fearless story, written beautifully and with a suspense that always feels earned. Put it on your TBR. ...more
Gaby Hernandez
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a stunning book. I believe it completely captured the hopelessness of Andrea who unexpectedly falls into the life of drugs and domestic violence. It was a heartbreaking beautiful story about what can make you unbreakable and what truly makes one pretty.
Stephanie A.
The book itself is not at ALL out of pretty, with a slick cover that needs no dust jacket, a cloth spine, and pages so crisply white it will make you question what imposter color you used to think white was -- all the better to sucker you in.

Because make no mistake, the story is wrenching. For the first 50-75 pages, I questioned whether I even had the stomach to finish it. I had keep "antidote books" on hand the whole time, middle grade novels and fluff that I could switch off with, to keep fro
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Jenny
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was heart rending and probably far too true to life for some children and teens. Andrea is a very smart girl who ends up in an absolutely deplorable situation...and she just doesn't know how to get out of it. My heart ached for her. I was quickly drawn into the book and cared about Andrea...and felt so frustrated and worried for her. I look forward to our discussion at book club. ...more
Hatziri Valdez
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like the book was really brought into depth about what she had to go through in her life. Also she had a lot of family problems like her dad leaving her and her mom on drugs and being involved into bad things. I enjoyed how the beginning chapters were like then and now talking about how her life was then and now.
Brenda
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! It's amazing to me how strong young people can be. Andrea is amazing! ...more
Emily Farrington
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Just a very well done book
Just beautifully done, I wish I could just hug Andrea and tell her it’s going to be ok
Amy Layton
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was probably the hardest book I've ever read, and that surprises me, considering the realism class I just finished was filled with tons of books about really harsh realities.  But this book just takes the cake.  So be sure to be in the right mindset when you read it, and have tissues nearby.  

That being said, it's a great book.  It reads fast--I finished it the same day I started it.  It's fast-paced, and grips you, drags you into Andrea's world with no respite.  

In this book is drug-r
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Hannah
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All Out of Pretty by Ingrid Palmer

Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book — all opinions are my own. 

All Out of Pretty will melt, tear, and fill your heart. Repeatedly. I will be honest, I was fortunate enough to grow up with two parents who loved and protected me. As a result, I spent the first quarter of Andrea’s story thinking, “That would never happen in real life. Someone would help a girl like Andrea.” Finally, it dawned on me that this story is probably way
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Rilie
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Tj Shay
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harrowing....the only word I can use to describe this book. It's soul crushing because it feels so real. It's a total page turner and, though I felt tortured reading it (again that gritty realism), I'm glad I read it. ...more
Les
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Teen girl is caught in a nightmare situation thanks to her addict mother. Andrea lived with her grandmother for years, with her mother lurching in and out thanks to her addictions. But when her grandmother dies, mom shows up and snatches her away, not even letting her stay for the funeral.

She soon discovers that mom is only back so that she can get her mitts on Andrea's trust fund until she reaches 18. Luckily it is only doled out in 6 month increments and requires proof that she's enrolled and
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Booknerdreads Grace Haddad
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Paige Green
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I was provided this book for free from KidLitExchange and Creston Books. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 16+ (drugs, violence, mature content)

Pages: 350

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Synopsis: How do you know who to trust? Can you even trust yourself, your own instincts, and choices? Andrea, or "Bones" as her mom calls her, thinks of herself as smart, but intelligence only gets you so far and she finds herself nowhere near as smart or as to
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Meg
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I have no doubt that this book will appeal to many teen readers who have lost their joy of reading - or maybe never really have tapped into that feeling - through a story that is slings out one tough scenario after another in an effort to try to break Andrea, or "Bones". A child of an absent and drug-addicted mother, she is forced to live with her after her beloved grandmother dies, ejecting Andrea from her life of studies, school, and safely - as if through a trap door - into a sordid underworl ...more
Lija Fisher
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I've mentioned before, I don't read a ton of contemporary YA because there aren't enough castles and men in chainmail roaming about them, but this book made me want to dive into the genre more. It is not a comfortable read, it is brutal and intense and that is what made it so incredible. I cared about the main character, Bones, deeply and the way that Palmer made things go from bad to worse to catastrophic to nuclear kept me turning the pages. The book deals with lies, addiction, and poverty, ...more
Carolyn O'Doherty
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific book, though not an easy read. The teenage protagonist, Andrea, begins the novel in a bad situation which steadily gets worse as the story progresses. It's not an easy read because of the realism of Andrea's situation. Palmer does not flinch from portraying the brutal sides of poverty, desperation, abuse, and drug addiction. There were times reading it I wanted to reach into the book and protect this young girl who suffers so much. Palmer manages to sustain my sympathy for And ...more
Read InAGarden
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Andrea has a good life until her Grams passes away and her drug addict mother comes back into her life. After the death, Andrea's life is turned upside down. Her mom moves her from one bad situation to the next always looking to score drugs. Eventually Andrea's mom hooks up with Judd a drug dealer with a sadistic side. Judd works hard to break Andrea as he integrates her into his drug operation. But through it all Andrea has hope and plans and a goal. She goes to school and plans a future. She b ...more
Megan C Sham
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a great read. Palmer really knows how to develop characters you connect with and root for. Andrea is not only relatable, but her strength and determination to survive is powerful. I love the contrast between her new life and that of the new friends she makes. Her “mother” made me sick that any parent could be like that. And there were times i had to keep reading because I couldnt go to bed knowing Andrea wasnt safe.

I really hope she writes a sequel because I want to know what
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Dascha
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read!! This book drew me in immediately. Andrea is a 16 yr old living a comfortable, happy life with her Grams and big dreams of college. Her world is turned upside down in a second and she finds herself trying to survive in the streets,hungry and homeless with a Mom willing to do dangerous things for shelter and her next fix. Her world just gets darker and darker, but there are small flickers of light that she fears will be extinguished if she makes the wrong move. This book is gritty, h ...more
Amber
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel of a teenager getting by is gripping from beginning to end. Andrea, less affectionately known as "Bones" to her mother or her mother's dealer boyfriend, goes from a prospective valedictorian candidate to homeless and helping sell drugs throughout an Ohio county. The suspense of Andrea's situation is palpable, and it kept me hooked from the beginning, when things *surely* couldn't get any better, all the way to the end when they surely did.

This is a phenomenal YA read, and I can't wait
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Kaley Catron
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Well that took a long freaking time. There are things I loved about this and things I didn’t. I’ve been in similar shoes before so I thought this book would really resonate in that way and it did but ours had never been like that. It’s not an easy situation and it’s not one you typically like to talk about either. Just never be afraid to speak up. For you. For yourself. For the people you love. It could save their life. If you keep it in even for a day, you could be too late and be putting you a ...more
Spencer
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great novel with great pacing. Kept the pages turning. Incredibly emotional read with good discussion branches. Only complaint is the visualization of addicts consistently being evil (which can open discussion and critique of the novel itself). It can be damaging to spread that kind of visualization to an already hurting and struggling community, one that is already scrutinized for having substance abuse issues. Again, I think this could be a key discussion point paired with the novel, if used a ...more
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