Saturday, April 11, 2015

ARC Review: The Pretty App by Katie Sise

The Pretty App
Author: Katie Sise
Publication: Balzer + Bray (April 14, 2015)

Description: The delightfully smart and funny companion to The Boyfriend App, about a mean girl who changes her ways. Author Katie Sise spins another fully loaded tale of technology, secrets, and big-time romance in this story of what it takes to be #trulybeautiful.

Poor Blake Dawkins! She's rich, she's gorgeous, and she's the queen bee of Harrison High. But it turns out Blake's life is not so perfect—just talk to her dad, who constantly reminds her that she's not up to par, or to her ex-bff, Audrey, who doesn't even look her in the eye.

Then every high school in America becomes obsessed with posting selfies on the ubiquitous Pretty App. Next: Leo, an adorable transfer student, arrives at Harrison and begins to show Blake that maybe being a queen bee doesn't mean being a queen b*tch. And though Audrey suspects somebody's playing foul, Blake finds herself catapulted to internet fame after being voted one of the prettiest girls in the country. She's whisked away to star in a reality show—in Hollywood, on live TV. But she doesn't know who to trust. Because everybody on the show wants to win. And nobody is there to make friends.

My Thoughts: I don't think that I have ever read a book from a "mean girl's" point of view until THE PRETTY APP. Blake Dawkins really has her "mean girl" attitude nailed down. But inside she is one insecure and hurting kid. Abandoned by the older sister she adored and by the best friend who always had her back, she is putting up a brave front. It doesn't help that her father has always valued her for only her appearance and has disparaged everything else about her.

When a new app—the Pretty App— is created by the Public company, Blake decides to enter. She is the prettiest girl at her high school and she has a career goal of being on television. Winning should be easy.

Cracks start showing in her "mean girl" facade as she begins to feel guilty about some of the things she has done. When a new guy comes to school, Leo makes her think that maybe she can turn over a new leaf and become a better person. But Leo is keeping some pretty big secrets of his own which makes Blake unable to trust him.

I liked this story about a young woman who seizes the opportunity to become a better self.

Favorite Quote:
There were casualties along the way—kids I'd hurt. But I was hurting so badly, how else was I supposed to act? Kind, caring, and perfect like Audrey?

That's not me. And even if I wished I could be like her, I can't. You have to watch your back in my family.
I got this ARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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