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Pretty Tough (Pretty Tough #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,970 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Bubbly, blond Krista Brown is pretty and popular. Her sister, Charlie, is more interested in braving the Malibu waves than the halls of the school that Krista rules. But when Krista and Charlie are both recruited to the school's soccer team, they are forced to face their differences. Can these two sisters become teammates, and friends, in time to make it to the championshi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Razorbill
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Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2012, fiction, reviewed, ya
I understand sibling rivalry. Really. I'm the middle child, and yes, my older sister and I were on the same soccer team as kids. But...but.

-If I'd been the coach of this team, I would have told them to straighten out their problems much, much sooner. That, or I just wouldn't have put them on the team in the first place.

-What's with all the homophobia? No, really. I don't get it. Charlie's social life is over because a girl called her gay last year. When a couple of cute guys try to flirt with he
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun sports book

I like that we got to see both sister's points of view. It kept me from being totally one just Charlie's side, although I really felt for her. I liked that we actually got to see a lot of playing and not just hear about it afterwards. Charlie was tough on the outside, but really needed a friend. And Krista needed to put her needs and wants above what would be the popular thing to do. I enjoyed that this wasnt a romance, it was about a sisterly bond and knowing what's important. Cu
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I ever read!!! I like it because it's not overly-girly, but it's not boyish either. Also, I play soccer, and i hve two sisters (although luckily i don't hate them like Krista and Charlie) And the funny thing is, my friend gave it to me for my birthday in 2008, and now, I'm recommending it to you. (and just so you know, I'm not a nerd who ask for books for her birthday, but maybe you could argue I am.......)
Rebecca McNutt
This novel might've been a lot better without all the unnecessary melodrama; Krista and Charlie are generic sheeple; they're whiny, entitled and flat characters with nothing unique about them, nothing to care about. And Charlie complains constantly about her name (Charlie Brown), so why doesn't she just get over it and call herself Charlene and stop bugging her parents?
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought that the plot to this book was a really good idea, however I did have some problems with the way it was written. It seemed to be very disorganized, and not really well planned. The author attempted to go for the two character perspective on this one, and I don't think it worked well in her favor. I think instead of changing the perspective in paragraphs she should have thought about making separate chapters.
Mackenzie Orlosky
More like a 3.5.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-reads
Rating D+

Review Imagine reading a book where you don't particularly like reading the protagonist's POV. Now imagine that the book in question is told in alternating POV's between two sisters, and you don't like either of the voices. Charlie is whiny and Krista is a narcissist. Good times, right?

The story was moderately interesting and the ending, although a little bit obvious from a long ways off, was actually written pretty well. I finally saw why Charlie and Krista hated each other. Too bad it
Amy Moritz
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
What happens when Sweet Valley High meets sport girls? The Pretty Tough series. I read three books in the pre-teen/young adult series and thoroughly enjoyed them. (I would give them 4.5 stars if half stars were available!)

The main characters in these novels are all high school girls who play sports. They endure the typical drama of all teen girls (at least in teen chick lit) -- boys, family, friends and boys. But that's partly the point. Sports is part of their identity. They are athletes and th
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Pretty tough is my new all time favorite book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is truly amazing and I llllllllllooooooooovvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeee it !!!! I have never read a book better than this one. I encouraged all my friends to read it too and they all loved it ! :) I used to hate reading until I read this book . :) I read the whole book in one day I just couldn't put it down!!! I am in the middle of reading the second one now and it is amazing!!!!!!
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book
It was a good book, it taught me that you should be gratefull for what you have, and that things will always get better. SOCCER RULES!!
Rachel Kristine Tuller
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I kept reading this. I think I was hoping it would get good. But it didn't. This book kind of sucked the whole way through.
Let me just talk about the girls. First there's Krista who is a spoiled, self centered brat. She is so concerned about getting to be the leader on the soccer field that she forgets to act like one. Then there's Charlie. She is just a whiny idiot who I cannot stand. She thinks she is entitled to everything, just because she...actually, I don't really know wh
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Tigelaar, Liz Pretty Tough, 246 p.

Since one fateful day in the school cafeteria, sisters Krista and Charlie have hated each other with visible vehemence. Now Charlie has been recruited to join Krista's beloved soccer - Krista's senior year, the year she is supposed to be a star. But, Charlie is every bit as good as Krista and has been specifically recruited to transform the team in to a true powerhouse. The two seem to have a truce on the field, but unless the original feud is finally settled,
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-school
I really liked this book. I enjoy character development more than sports, and this book focuses more on the people and their relationships than the soccer playing, although for sports fans, soccer action is sprinkled here and there throughout.

This book realistically depicts combative sibling relationships, the pressures involved with teen dating, the emotional toll of depression and bullying, and the healing power of being and feeling part of a team and family.
Seton Catholic Central High
I think Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar is a good book. I like how by the end of the book the sisters are working together and have worked out their differences. I think it is very interesting how the author told the story through the sisters and how you could see how the sisters thought and acted upon what the other did. I also liked how heart break brougth the sisters together. I also liked how "karma" was used and you got what you got because of what you did.
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: seventh-grade
This book is all about sibling rivalry. The drama, the heartbreaks, and the evil schemes. The only problem, is that I'm an only child, so someone needs to cut me some slack here. I do however, know a thing or to, about taking turns in the spotlight. How sometimes you can feel like you're in the shadow of this perfect and talented person that everyone just adores. So with this knowledge, hopefully I can conquer up a decent reading response.

Krista and Charlie are sisters who love to hate each othe
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Laura Pratz
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book when I read it at age twelve, and I still love it now! It completely traps you in at the first chapter. The plot line is very smooth, and the book's pacing is really nice. It incorporates themes of sibling rivalry, romance, and sports all-in-one to make this the perfect book for both girly-girls and athletes.

First of all, Charlie is hilarious. She makes her feelings known, and she doesn't hold them back. I felt like she was extremely realistic, and even though t
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
"Pretty Tough," by Liz Tigelaar was a very good book that revolved around the life of Charlie Brown. No, not the cartoon character, but a girl who lived in California and attended Beachwood High School with her very popular sister Krista. At the beginning of the year, Charlie is noticed by the new soccer coach at Beachwood, Martie, and is encouraged to join the soccer team. Eventually, she goes through tryouts and lands on the team, facing tough competition with the former leader of the team, he ...more
Ava Lambert
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!!! It was about two sister who hate each other. There names were krista and charlie. The funny thing is that there last name is brown, so its charlie brown like the cartoon character. Charlie is a tom boy and Krista is a girly girl. They bith try out of the soccer team. Krista has been on in for forever, but Charlie is just trying out this year. She is only trying out to bug her sister. But at the end everything changes. Krista and charlie change. For hating each other they n ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Krista Brown, the pretty and popular one, plays for the high school soccer team. Charlie Brown, her younger sister, would rather be surfing the Malibu waves than be the nobody that she is in the halls of Beachwood High that Krista controls. Martie, the soccer team's new soccer coach, is asking everyone to tryout again for the soccer team, including anyone else who wants to join. Eventually, she convinces Charlie into trying out for the team. When Charlie and Krista are both recruited to the socc ...more
May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Pretty Tough is a great book about sisters, soccer, and finding your place. Liz Tigelaar is an author I haven't heard much about but one that I will be watching from now on.

Charlie Brown has not had the best couple of years. She has no friends, can barely stand her sister, and there is no sign of anything changing in the near future. All that changes when Martie Reese recruits Charlie for the varsity soccer team. At first, soccer is a way to steal the spotlight from her sister but then things ch
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 14 and up
Sisters Charlie and Krista Brown do not get along. Krista is the perfect child, popular and a star soccer player with a movie star best friend and a quarterback boyfriend. Charlie (yes, her name is Charlie Brown) is a rebel, a surfer who hates her sister and everything she stands for. When the new soccer coach recruits Charlie to try out, Krista is furious, and Charlie's only trying out to torture her sister. Can these sisters put their differences aside long enough to do what's best for the tea ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
May 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for

Charlie Brown is not a team player. This is what she tells the new soccer coach when she is recruited to play soccer on her school's losing soccer team. And with a name like hers, you can't help but sympathize.

Charlie would rather surf all day than play on the same team as her perfect sister, Krista. The stereotypical It girl, Krista is blond, athletic, popular, and beautiful. Everything Charlie is not, and for that reason alone, the two hat
Charlie and Krista are sisters but couldn't be more different. Krista is blonde and popular, whereas Charlie is brunette and hasn't had one single friend since her old best friend basically told the whole caf that she was a lesbian. When Charlie is recruited for their school's soccer team, Krista couldn't get any madder than she was - and when Charlie and her make the team, Krista couldn't be any more furious when their new coach.

Will Charlie and Krista be able to put aside their differences to
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Charlie and Krista have always gotten along. Until last year. Charlie thinks that Krista doesn’t care about anything but designer clothes, her boyfriend Cam, and her ‘friend’ Brooks. Krista thinks that Charlie doesn’t have a life and that she is just plain mean. They both know that they don’t get along and are fine just not bothering each other. Krista plays for the school soccer team and is the main striker. Charlie is a surfer who retired from soccer years ago. While Charlie is surfing one day ...more
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Charlie and Krista are completely different people. Krista is the perfect girl with the hot boyfriend and the movie star best friend. Charlie is the rude, friendless girl that is always being compared to her perfect sister. Although, Charlie was named, by her sister, (her sister was three when she came up with the idea) Charlie Brown. But, the two sisters did used to be friends! But, when Charlie's friend Reagan stands up and insults Charlie in front of the whole school, Krista stood by and watc ...more
Riya Kumar
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty Tough was a great book to read because of its mature theme. Krista, the older sister was thought to be perfect by her little sister, Charlie but she was actually facing a lot of her own problems. For example, Krista’s best friend Brooks controlled her and would not let her be herself. Also, Krista was pressured by her boyfriend. I really loved how Liz Tigelaar portrayed her because at the end of the day, Krista was true to herself and to everyone who knew her. However, I also appreciated ...more
Erin Wynn
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Becca Jones
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like this book! it was about to sister, Charlie and Ktista who were complete opposites! Krista had the perfect life, the perfect boyfriend, movie star best friend,and was the best girl on her high school soccer team. As for Charlie she had no friend, struggled with fitting in, and didnt care what people thought about her. She spent most of her time down at the beach surfing, while Krista was in her room lookimg at the new teen magazine! when Krista is driving charlie insane, she decides to joi ...more
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