Pretty Face

Pretty Face

by Mary Hogan

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That's what I am. A funny girl. A friend. Nobody's girlfriend. The girl with the pretty face.

Hayley wishes she could love living in Santa Monica, blocks from the beach, where every day—and everybody—is beautiful and sunny. But she just doesn't fit in with all the blond, superskinny Southern California girls who have their plastic surgeons on speed dial. Hayley is smart and witty and has such a pretty . . . face. Translation: Don't even think about putting on a bikini, much less dating superhot Drew Wyler. A bikini will never be flattering, and Drew will never think of her as more than a friend.

Just when Hayley feels doomed to live her life in the fat lane, her parents decide to send her to Italy for the summer—not for school, not for fat camp, just for fun. It's there, under the Italian sun, that Hayley's vision of herself starts to change. She's curvy, not fat. Pizza isn't evil. And life is so much more than one-size-fits-all. Who knows? Once Hayley sees herself in a new light, maybe the girl with the pretty face will finally find true amore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061897689
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,131,927
File size: 867 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Mary Hogan grew up near the beaches of Southern California (Bikinis! Aargh!), but currently lives in New York City with her husband, Bob, and their dog, Axel. She is the author of Perfect Girl, The Serious Kiss, Susanna Sees Stars, and Susanna Hits Hollywood.

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Pretty Face

Chapter One

Mom bought me a digital scale.

"So you can't lie to yourself," she said. I glared at her, my right foot jutting forward.

"God, Mom," I scoffed. "I mean, God."

What else could I say? She was totally right. Yesterday, I shunted my rusty old IKEA scale all over the bathroom floor looking for the most favorable reading. Turns out, you can shave a full five pounds off if you put the bottom half of the scale on the bath mat, hang your toes off the front, and squint.

Today, it's no such luck. The digital scale won't read anything at all unless it's on a level surface. Thanks a lot, Mom.

Behind the locked bathroom door, I pee, kick off my slippers, drop my robe, step out of my pajama pants, and lift my cotton cami over my head. Taking a deep breath, I exhale hard, blowing all the air out of my body. Contracting it as much as possible. Then I step on my new digital scale.

I hear a sound.

Beep. Then a loud, robotic voice.

"One hundred and—"

Horrified, I leap off the scale. Mom bought me a scale that talks!? Is she out of her mind? Not only do I have to see the bloated number glow accusingly at me in a hideous green light, I have to hear the bad news, too? What else will it say?

Shave your legs, slacker. Would a pedicure kill you? Think you'll ever have a boyfriend with those thighs?

Mom shrieks through the closed bathroom door. "I'm calling Dr. Weinstein."

"Mother!" I shriek back. "Can't I have any privacy?"

"Your brother weighs less than you, Hayley. Do you want to weigh more than a boy?"

"His brain is only an ounce. Mine ispacked with weighty knowledge."

Mom presses her mouth up to the doorjamb. "I'm only thinking of your health."

I roll my eyes and turn on the shower.

"If you keep going like this," she says into the crack of the door, "you're going to weigh as much as two people."

"I've always wanted a sister," I reply. Then I get in the shower and let the hot water drown out my mother's voice.

The awful scale accusation echoes through my brain. Thirty pounds from where I should be. If only I were taller—five foot eleven, instead of five foot five! I press my eyes shut, feel the disgusting curve of my bowling-ball belly as I soap up. My arms are soft and fleshy. Even my toes are fat.

I hate myself.

Turning the cold water down, I feel my skin burn. I stand there as long as I can take it.

"Today," I say out loud, "I will be good. Salad for lunch. No dressing."

Quickly washing and rinsing my long brown hair, I step out of the shower and grab a towel before I can see my hideous pink reflection in the steamy bathroom mirror.

"Yes," I repeat. "Today I'll be good."

Mom is gone. Ragging on Dad somewhere, no doubt. Which is good because no way can I stomach one of her evangelical lectures about portion control. There's nothing worse than a former fatty who found God in fresh fruits and vegetables.

"If I can do it, you can, too!" she chirps constantly.

"Can you find the square root of sixty-four?" I asked her.

"Hayley . . . ," she said, with a disapproving look.

"See?" I replied. "We can't both do everything. There are differences between the two of us."

Mom doesn't get it. I want to be thin. Hell, I want to be America's Next Top Model, if only to out-bitch the other anorexics. But something goes awry every time I try. I don't know what it is. I think I'm improperly wired. My need to feed is stronger than my desire to—literally—fit in.

Standing before my open closet door, I flip through my clothes. Then I moan. They can put a lunar rover on Mars! Why can't they make jeans that don't make my ass look like Jupiter?

Pretty Face. Copyright (c) by Mary Hogan . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Pretty Face 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Hayley's self esteem plummets even further when the guy she's been crushing on asks her if she thinks her best friend would date him. She leaves the beach, a place that she hates due to all the skinny girls in bikinis, and eats an entire large pepperoni pizza without tasting it.

When she arrives back home, her mother can sense there's something wrong, but she's more concerned about her daughter's weight than her emotional health. Then her mother delivers the news: she's sending Hayley to Italy for the summer to live with her old college roommate. She hopes that this trip will help her daughter lose weight.

At first, Hayley is hesitant and yet excited about traveling. Part of her wants to lose weight and make her mother happy, but she simply loves food.

Once in Italy, Hayley begins to relax and adapt to the Italian way of life. She finds beauty in nature, the old buildings, the delicious food, and, finally, herself. She discovers the freedom to become comfortable in her own skin.

While Hayley's weight issues drive her actions, the primary focus of PRETTY FACE deals with finding and appreciating yourself.
youngadultish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mary Hogan gives us a refreshing read in ¿Pretty Face.¿The novel centers around the main character Hayley, who lives in Santa Monica and can¿t stand it. Being fat makes her an outcast in California, in school, at the beach ¿ even in her own home. Her mom urges her to fight the fat, but Hayley can¿t seem to commit and doesn¿t really know if she wants to.Failing at fighting the bulge and at boys, Hayley pretty much gives up until her parents decide to send her to Italy. While there, Hayley tries to find herself.A funny, witty fat teen in the lead ¿ a character that you don¿t run into enough ¿ captivated me. I was pulling for her. I wanted her to win, to succeed, to find herself and be happy. I felt that I could really relate to Hayley and what she was going through. Her plight comes across very honest and raw.Won¿t you find out if Hayley gets her happy ending?Final say: Fun, quick read.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. It was sort of like a cross between The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. The main character is funny and pretty, but overweight, so most guys just end up as her friend. She goes to Italy and it changes her life and her perspective. She feels good about herself, loses a little weight, and falls for an Italian guy. Nice girly book!
thekaisu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a really good read for me. I fell in love with Italy and Rome and I wanted to go there if I ever had the chance. I felt envious of Hayley and I can really relate to her dilemma, having been called "fat" as well. I like how the book tells about self-acceptance and liking yourself for who you are, I've learned a lot from this. This book is worth reading!I don't like Hayley's mom though. I understand how she wants her daughter to live the way she was when she was still thin, but the way she pushes Hayley into dieting and eating healthy isn't really helping her. And her father doesn't seem to do anything about it. Why have a father like that?After reading the book, I felt like I wanted to have my own Enzo, who would love me for who I am and not just because the scale doesn't tip over every time I step on it. Guys like him are hard to find in today's world.
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Absolutely loved this book! The main character Hayley reminded me of myself full of wit and humor yet lacking self confidence. The way she was portrayed was excellent. The part in the book when her crush hits her with the biggest bomb out there, in the form of a question of course, really got to me. While on a "date" Drew asked Hayley if she thought Jackie, her BEST friend, would go out with him. You can tell Hayley is a quality character when she tells him she would talk Jackie for him. She told her best friend that she got the green light but Jackie wanted someone else. because Hayley struggled with her weight her "health freak" mother decides to help her out. after a while her parents decided they were pushing Hayley too hard to maintain her weight they decided to try something new. Hayley's mother had a friend from college married an Italian man and moved to Italy. Patrice De Luca had invited Hayley to spend the whole summer with her and her family in Italy. while in Italy Hayley planned to completely change. she walked everywhere and tried her best to eat a certain number of calories a day. soon she saw a boy with dark hair, blue eyes and a slight gap between his teeth. Hayley found him very intriguing yet she didn't see him for a while. she started her ascent to the top of "Major Rock" after becoming stressed about drew and Jackie hanging out together then going on a binge snacking of nothing but fattening pastries. after making it so far up she finally stopped to eat in a small café. The woman behind the counter only spoke Italian. She asked someone to come out and there he was. the boy Hayley had seen a few days prior. He now had a name, Enzo. Hayley and Enzo became close they went on a park date and things got heated. Enzo said that they should meet up later that night in Hayley's guest house where he would bring protection. They gave themselves to the other and Hayley knew she was in love. she told Jackie the news and the day came when Hayley was to leave for California yet again. She was sad to leave because she found herself in Italy. she was no longer just the funny girl with the pretty face she was finally Hayley, a Hayley she was proud of. the de Luca family made her feel wanted and Enzo made her feel beautiful. when she got home things were a tad emotional. her mother treated the family to veggie pizza at domino's and they caught up. she told Jackie everything that happened. drew and Jackie never did date and Hayley kept in touch regardless of the 6,000 miles between them. So yes, I loved this book and can't wait to read more by Mary Hogan. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick yet interesting read. It is very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From just reading the sample this book is very well writen with more of a modern touch i hope to read more from this author and have high expectations.
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Hailey's humor and way of seeing the world make this a very enjoyable read! Such a cute story, I loved it! :D
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FreakyROMANTIC More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing because because it covers true beauty, outside beauty, finding beauty within you, love, and self-esteem. The guy she falls in love with at the end is absolutely amazing and i really wish i had someone like him. He called her beautiful and told her she had an amzing woman body and well plus he is Italian!!HOT!!!anyway you have to read it if you are struggling with finding love or beauty with in you. Here are some other books by Mary Hogan (i love mary hogan: (to the Left)
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