I am so grateful to have the opportunity to read and review such wonderful books. It seems they keep getting better and better! I was given a copy of Pretty to review and I have a copy to give away. Check out directions for entering at the end of the post!
Pretty is the story of Bebe. The cover describes her as:
BeBe Baker is an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex-drug addict, ex-pretty girl.
What BeBe does very very well is tell her story. As she recovers from the death of her lover in a horrible car accident that left her hands and legs scarred, she struggles. She pulls herself through the days until she is finished with beauty school and through the nights as she tries to follow the rules at the half-way house where she lives. She uses her relationship with a schizophrenic resident of the men’s half-way house as a distraction.
Lauren’s writing is incredible. I ended up marking passages in the book so I could share them! Here’s my favorite:
Mrs. Montano looks disturbingly like pictures I’ve seen of John Wayne Gacy when he dressed up like a clown. She appears to be wearing a giant beach ball costume, with only her dwarfed hands and feet sticking out. Her hair is a lacquered auburn helmet, the exact shade favored by beauty school teachers the world over. Her makeup looks like a mean puppet face, with white foundation, an angry gash of red lips, rainbow-colored arches of frosted eye shadow highlighting the crepey skin of her eyelids, and two perfect circles of blush that sit unblended on her cheeks.
The entire book is filled with descriptions like this. You feel the story as much as read it. Lauren effortlessly weaves the story of the past with the story of now. Her characters are life-like and three dimensional.
I hope you read this book. If you’d like to win a copy, please comment below! I’ll draw the winner on Friday, September 23, at 5pm CST. So get your entries in before that! Good luck!