Thursday, May 14, 2015

ARC Review: Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu

Making Pretty
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (May 12, 2015)

Description: Montana and her sister, Arizona, are named after the mountainous states their mother left them for. But Montana is a New York City girl through and through, and as the city heats up, she's stepping into the most intense summer of her life. Her father is distracted by yet another divorce, and she's growing apart from her sister. Then she meets wild, bold Karissa, who encourages Montana to live in Technicolor and chase new experiences. But the more of her own secrets Karissa reveals, the more Montana has to wonder if Karissa's someone she can really trust.

In the midst of her uncertainty, Montana finds a beautiful distraction in Bernardo. He's serious but spontaneous, and he looks at Montana in the way she wants to be seen. For the first time, Montana understands how you can become both lost and found in somebody else. But when that love becomes everything, where does it leave the rest of her imperfect life?

My Thoughts: Montana Varren is having an interesting summer. She is trying to reconnect with her sister and best friend after they have spent the year away at different colleges. She is trying to understand the father she loves but who is never satisfied. She is trying to connect with her new friend Karissa who is beautiful and wild. She is trying to connect with the beautiful boy that she has watched across the park for most of the year.

Montana wants something of her own, something that will stay. She is tired of her father's run of serial romances that have resulted in his four divorces and unnumbered shorter relationships. But when he targets Karissa for his next wife, Montana is hurt and confused. Karissa had been hers and she neither wanted to share her with her father or watch her go through heartbreak when her relationship with Montana's father falls apart.

Meanwhile, Montana is building a relationship with the beautiful boy, Bernardo, which makes it even harder to reconnect with her sister Arizona. She and Bernardo are trying to build their relationship but he seemed kind of needy and also on the rebound from a previous relationship. His devotion looks good to Montana for a while.

I felt so sorry for Montana. She so much wanted someone to love her for herself and to accept her as she his. That person isn't her plastic surgeon father who sketches improvements on any pictures he sees including a picture of his daughters at the beach and who give her a gift certificate for plastic surgery for her thirteenth birthday.

This one is probably for older young adults as the amount drinking and smoking that goes on makes it a little mature for younger teens.

Favorite Quote:
I wonder what it would be like to have the same family your whole life. Or to even have one person who is always yours. Always close and connected and familiar.
I got this ARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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