Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

paAmy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when the girls get stood up for prom and take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx — Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Even worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing — like she is nothing.

Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

Source:  borrowed from friend

Story Breakdown:

After a failed attempt to get to prom Amy runs into trouble with her “best” friends Lila and Cassie.  Facing jail time she is forced to look at her friendships and decide if its worth giving up her family and her future to support her friends.

Favorite Quotes:

In high school you are not given a choice as to who you become, you are signed up long before that based on looks, smarts, and talent, and then corralled into your group.  The problem was, I didn’t like my group.

Character Highlights:

Amy –  I automatically connected with her and the lost feeling of trying to find friends in high school and connect with your parents while growing up.  She isn’t a “loser” or part of the “popular” crowd, just a floater, someone who blends into the background.  While I loved her snark and she was relatable, she wasn’t that likable.

Lila & Cassie – Not exactly princesses.  Neither were endeared to me so I’m interested to see how Cassie comes off in her book.

Joe – Amy’s childhood friend she lost when trying to fit in with the girls in high school.  We don’t see much of him, something I wish would have been different.

Overall Thoughts:

These are not innocent girls.  They smoke, drink, and curse, A LOT.  Though I found this approach refreshing, it was hard to read at times not only because I really felt for Amy but that she was frustratingly blind to her friend’s selfish actions.  I was also slightly bothered by her mom who never even tried to talk to her, just at her.  This book definitely captures Amy as the troubled teen and the family dynamic surrounding her as she learns how to accept her actions.

3.5/5

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3 thoughts on “Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

  1. bookgoonie February 19, 2013 at 5:48 am Reply

    It does sound like a not so overdone approach. Kind of like Before I Fall. I think Amy would connect with a lot of readers.

    • Gone Pecan February 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm Reply

      Agreed, though I haven’t read Before I Fall. I have it though, so soon!

  2. […] Breakdown:  It’s been a few months since the events of Pretty Amy and Amy and Joe are now in college.  Both sure they love each other but unsure of their future, […]

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