I read a lot of books. Mostly light airy “chick lit” that has to do with shopping, New York, Hollywood, romance and/or some superficial things thrown in. Pretty has some components of my favorite chick lit books, Hollywood, romance, the main character is even going to beauty school. Even with all those components, this book is a 180 degree turn around from my normal reads.
Pretty is a book I just couldn’t put down. It’s extremely well written, compelling and makes you really feel for the characters. Jillian Lauren really knows how to write. The book grips you. It’s such a dark subject matter though, I had to watch a couple episodes of the Real Housewives to cheer back up when I was finished. 😉 Even with it’s depressing tone, it’s a great read. Jillian really makes you root for Bebe, the main character.
Pretty is available in bookstores and on Amazon. In fact, the first 250 people on 9/7 to order “Pretty” on Amazon, and email the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org, will receive a Limited Edition run of the “Pretty” necklace, made by Fairy Tale Jewels.
You can win your own copy of Pretty! Simply leave a comment telling me the one thing that makes you feel truly “Pretty”. One entry per person, us only please, contest ends September 18th at 11:59pm MT.
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.
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.
disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for review purposes. Thoughts and opinions are mine and honest.