"Wasted Pretty is a beautiful, touching novel that I wish I had when I was all of the things Alice Burton was: a fierce, strong teenager learning how to navigate her changing body, developing heart, and powerful mind." –Mayim Bialik, Big Bang Theory, Blossom, and founder of Grok Nation
During junior year of high school, star student and stellar lacrosse player Alice Bur...more
I don't want to post any spoilers, but I will say that I'm not sure I've read anything before that so perfectly captured what it feels like to be a girl on the verge of womanhood, to be navigating a changing body and changing worldview as you see your parents as flawed, whole people, to be confused about love and sex and life and to feel powerless so much of the time even as you begin to recognize your own power (and that it sometimes is "granted" to you by people for ...more
Alice, coming of age in the 1990s, deals with the pressures of misogyny and sexual harassment.
I didn’t enjoy WASTED PRETTY and am not sure why Jamie Beth Cohen chose to set the story in the early 1990s except perhaps to tell a story when romantic relationships between older high school students and younger college kids wasn’t taboo. I graduated from high school in 1982 and would bet most women in my generation experienced being treated as a sexual object.
When Alice is ogled at by an adult ...more
Brava to Jamie Beth Cohen for shining an important spotlight on gambling issues, family disfunction, body image, and the horrendous issue of sexual ...more
I will start with the easiest part that is the narration, it was good a few back ground noises but nothing off putting or taking away from the story being told, would I have preferred an age and gender appropriate narrator of cause. But all and all the narrator did good work.
Now for the book! How could it just end like that? I was listening to this book I laughed, I cried and I could relate I gave it 5 stars in my head and then it just ended. I really enjoyed it so much, it got m ...more
The whole set-in-the-90s part excited me. It was unnecessary, but I liked all the references.
I also really didn’t understand Alice’s parents or brother. They were all genuinely horrible. As the child of a mother who put me on wild diets, I wasn’t totally surprised, but it was still sad to read. And the dad seemed like such a shady, sketchy asshole going out drinking with creepy baseball players and hating teenage soccer players and chastising his ...more
But the romance between a 16/17 year old and a 20/21 year old made me itch a little, especially since the elder was too emotionally mature for their age.
A mother putting her teen on a diet bothered me, even though I know it's not uncommon.
And the non-ending was pretty disappointing.
It does touch on difficult subjects fairly well, however, and the pace is good. I ...more
This book follows a 16 year old girl as she encounters the pluses and minuses of developing into an attractive woman and the wanted and unwanted attention she faces. This is a must read for men who wish to understand the challenges women encounter.
Jamie Beth Cohen did an outstanding job with this book. Can’t wait to read the sequel! Very easy to read and engaging. Couldn’t put the book down!