“Pretty” by Jillian Lauren Book Review & Giveaway

Sometimes you know you are going to like a book within reading the first three pages, and “Pretty” by Jillian Lauren was just that kind of book.  “Pretty” follows the life of  Bebe Baker, an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex-drug addict, ex-pretty girl, after the car accident that killed her boyfriend.

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The book offers such raw emotion that sometimes you wonder if you are actually reading the book or watching it happen before your eyes. I have to say, I was completely addicted to this book and could not put it down. Because of it’s dark side, I would definitely recommend this book to older teens (at least 16) and young adults.

About “Pretty“:

“Bebe Baker is an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex-drug addict, ex-pretty girl.

It’s been one year since the car accident that killed her boyfriend left her scarred and shaken. Flanked by an eccentric posse of friends, she is serving out a self-imposed sentence at a halfway house, while trying to finish cosmetology school.
 
Amid the rampant diagnoses, over-medication, compulsive eating, and acrylic nails of Los Angeles, Bebe looks for something to believe in before something–her past, the dangerously magnetic men in her life, her own bad choices–knocks her off course again.
 
It’s been one year since the car accident that killed her boyfriend left her scarred and shaken. Flanked by an eccentric posse of friends, she is serving out a self-imposed sentence at a halfway house, while trying to finish cosmetology school.
 
Amid the rampant diagnoses, over-medication, compulsive eating, and acrylic nails of Los Angeles, Bebe looks for something to believe in before something–her past, the dangerously magnetic men in her life, her own bad choices–knocks her off course again.”

Advance Praise for Pretty

“Pretty is the not-so-pretty, utterly riveting, non-stop frantic and compulsively readable saga of Bebe Baker, a heroine who knows her way around a serious binge. The prose, at times, drives with such ferocious urgency that the words seem not so much written as willed onto the page. Pretty stands out as a triumph of survival testimony.”

About Jillian Lauren:

Author and performer Jillian Lauren grew up in suburban New Jersey and fled across the water to New York City. She attended New York University for three minutes before dropping out to work in downtown theater, where she performed with Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theater, among others.

Her New York Times bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem, was published by Plume in April 2010. It has since been translated into fourteen different languages.

Her debut novel, PRETTY, was released on August 30, 2011.

Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Flaunt Magazine, Opium Magazine, Society, Pale House: A Collective  and in the anthology My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories.

She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles, CA.

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The first 250 people on 9/7 to order “Pretty” on Amazon, and email the receipt to pretty.the.book@gmail.comwill receive a Limited Edition run of the “Pretty” necklace, made by Fairy Tale Jewels.com (http://fairytalejewels.com).

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I received a copy of this book to review to facilitate my review as well as one to give away. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own.

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