The Pretty One

The Pretty One

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by Cheryl Klam
     
 

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All Megan Fletcher had wanted was to be like her sister Lucy: a beautiful, thin girl whom everyone at the Chesapeake School for Performing Arts worshipped and adored. While Lucy was a star actress with lots of fans, Megan had always been hiding behind the set designs that she and her best friend Simon had created, hoping that no one would notice her.
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Overview

All Megan Fletcher had wanted was to be like her sister Lucy: a beautiful, thin girl whom everyone at the Chesapeake School for Performing Arts worshipped and adored. While Lucy was a star actress with lots of fans, Megan had always been hiding behind the set designs that she and her best friend Simon had created, hoping that no one would notice her.
And then one day, life as Megan knew it had changed forever. Megan was in an accident that disfigured her face and plastic surgeons had to restructure it very carefully. Only no one would have thought that when the bandages came off, Megan would be even more beautiful than Lucy . . .

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9-11

Megan, 16, and her older sister, Lucy, attend the Chesapeake School of the Arts in Baltimore. Lucy is the beautiful and talented school darling, majoring in drama. Megan is a techie, one of the unattractive nerds majoring in set design. She has lived in her sister's shadow, but their relationship has always been loving, with Lucy supportive of her younger sibling. Then, on the night of the school's fall festival, Megan overhears Lucy making negative comments about her looks and overstuffed dress. Overwhelmed with feelings of betrayal, anger, and grief, she runs out of the building, stopping only when she is hit by an oncoming car. Months later, the bandages come off and she is well enough to return to school-as one of the beautiful people. Reconstructive surgery has given her a face more stunning than Lucy's and has wrought more changes in her life than she thought possible. Her secret wishes are coming true, but at what price? The constant attention and focus on her beauty is confusing to her, and she's no longer sure of who she is or what she wants. The protagonist has a strong voice and is a good role model for teens who think that life is easier if you're the pretty one.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL

Kirkus Reviews
Whoever said being pretty was easy? Chunky, buck-toothed Megan has always played second best to her sexy, slender sister Lucy both in life and in the theater world: Megan designs the sets, and Lucy steals the show onstage. That all changes, however, when Megan's hit by a car and spends the next eight months recuperating. The following school year, she's fully transformed from bombed-out to bombshell thanks to plastic surgery, weight loss, bone grafts and dental work. Soon she's starring in the school play, and the boys that used to chase her sister now chase her. Cue scenes of unwanted attention and nasty sibling rivalry, which all cause Megan to wonder if she's suddenly popular because of her mind or her new body. Her voice and emotions ring true but lack depth, and readers may find her too flaky and whiney to wade through nearly 300 pages. The sibling rivalry barely dips beneath the surface, and what's left is an after-schoolish screaming match between the two sisters over boys, clothes and dates. Typically tepid chick-lit fare. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385733731
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/08/2008
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
794,058
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

An insightful tale about sibling rivalry and the perception of beauty, The
Pretty One
is Cheryl Klam’s captivating second novel. Cheryl Klam is the author of Learning to Swim and more than a dozen romance novels under a cleverly named pseudonym. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and two daughters.

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Pretty One 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! Great for adults and teens!
critictlor More than 1 year ago
This is not only a book that teaches about finding yourself and overcoming the way people see you. Its also a wondeful story about love. The entire story is based on love, just not the same kind throughout. There's the love between Lucy and Megan, Megan and her father, Megan and George, and Megan and Drew. This is just such a great book i think if publisized the right way it can be a great seller like twilight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! Seriously, everyone needs to read this book. It's so sweet and it just makes you want a guy like drew in your life. This book will definitly keep you reading until the crack of dawn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book about relationships,family and what makes someone truly beautiful!!!!
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I could read this book a million times and still be super into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her relationship with her dad I didn't like at first. He was so mean! However, that changed, and I really liked their talk. It was inspriational. Her sister really cared about her, even though there were some rough patches. I recommend this book to seventh graders and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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I highly recommend it. Its teaches me that beauty isnt everything. Very good for teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a beautifully written realistic fiction book with great ideas and obsticles posed throught the entire book. O really felt for megan fletcher and finished the book in one day!! This is a great read that i highly recommend
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Kayla Gross More than 1 year ago
this book meant a lot to me because me and my sister are as close as sisters get but she has always been the pretty one and after reading this book i felt like i was lucky to have someone care so much about me. i feel like this book is about apreciating somone special to you no matter what they did
BigApple More than 1 year ago
this book teaches you about human nature and how people really see you. i dont want to state the fact that you can get anywhere if your pretty but sometimes thats kinda how it works out. this is a book about sibling rivalry and who gets the spotlight. its mesmerizing how beautifully the writer caotures these girls 2 different personalities and in the end they were always there for eachother. it was soo good i couldnt put it down because i can relate to the sisters in the book and how theyre always competing for the spotlight and u learn about the theatre too.
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