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Pretty Amy

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Pretty Amy was nothing like I expected - it was better. I expect

    Pretty Amy was nothing like I expected - it was better. I expected a novel about a prom gone wrong and petty high-school drama. What I got instead, was a a story so deep and destructive I had to catch my breath at the end.

    The story starts with Amy going to her senior prom. Her best friend Lila has set her up with one of her boyfriend's friends. Except things don't go according to plan when they get stood up. This event is the catalyst for the turbulent journey Amy finds herself on.

    I loved Amy from the start. A normal high-school girl who seems to have lost her way, or never really known her way. Through-out the story, she struggles to figure out who she really is, and if who she wants to be. Lila is one of those characters that I just can't stand, but the story wouldn't be the same without them. Cassie I loved, and wished there was more of her in the story. Amy's parents were whirlwind characters too.

    There were many points in this story, where I was questioning Amy. Why are you doing that? Why did you say that? Why won't you just open your eyes, see the truth and make your life easier?!?! But following Amy on her adventure, you felt like you were there, part of the story.

    I wish I could give this novel to every teenage child in the world and say "read this - look what happens make you make silly decisions". There is definitely a life lesson the be learned from Amy's tale.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    This book took me right back to high school and the uncertainty

    This book took me right back to high school and the uncertainty of it all.

    My initial impression of Amy is that she needs a backbone and a brain. She's the one in the group that doesn't speak up for herself and just goes along with everything, despite what common sense tells her. I was immediately frustrated with her character and shaking my head with each page turn, but the story is so well-written I became invested in her journey to (hopefully) self discovery. I had to see if she would grow from her experiences, find her voice and realize that she doesn't need the approval of others to validate her existence. She so afraid of being obscure and overlooked - it's almost paralyzing. There were certain aspects of her mentality that I remember sharing in high school. Her inner voice is very real and competently translates the rawness of her pain. You can easily feel her frustration, angst and desperation. Amy's inner voice is candid and entertaining.

    Raw, real and honest are definitely the words that come to mind when I think of Amy's pain and sorrow. She doesn't necessarily suffer any more than other teenagers who have parents who just don't 'get' who their children are and what they need from them. It's that Amy is us - me and you - she embodies every teenager in one way or another. Am I pretty? Am I smart? Am I worth attention? Will anyone ever truly know me, including myself? Who am I?

    What made me care about Amy was her potential for greatness. If she didn't have anything to look forward to in life, if she didn't have anything to offer, I wouldn't have cared what happened to her (I realize how callous that sounds). But, she is one of those teens that, if given some guidance, reassurance, affection and self-esteem, could really go places in life. I didn't want Amy to end up as wasted potential.

    After her arrest she needs to do some growing up. Her parents make her find a job to pay for attorney fees, she's cut off from her supposed 'friends', and she's forced to decide if she's willing to throw her friends under the bus to save her own neck. And let's not forget the all-important lessons of how to identify the boys who are only interested in controlling, using and discarding you from the ones who uplift and empower you.

    Be warned there is a high use of profanity, instances of drug use and adult situations, so this book should be read by older teens and adults.

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    Posted December 23, 2012

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