Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Where Candace & Heidi Review Pretty Amy by @LisaBurstein

We're doing a little mini-feature here and today Heidi and I are reviewing Pretty Amy.  Tomorrow stop by for an interview with Lisa Burstein and a giveaway!

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
Paperback, 304 pages
Published: May 8th, 2012 by Entangled Publishing

Description from Goodreads:
Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing.

Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

Candace says:
Amy is one of those teenagers that so many can relate to in some way or another.  She struggled to fit in and find 'her people' only to find herself in big trouble as well as discovering they perhaps weren't the 'her people' after all.   Did you struggle to find your place in high school?  I know I did.  I wasn't really so much like Amy, but yet I found myself connecting with her on many different levels and kind of getting where she was coming from.
This book wasn't full of action and romance.  It was about feelings and emotions and family and friends.  It was about finding yourself and not being what you think others want you to be, or what you think you need to be.  This book is about finding your way.

Heidi says:
Amy is one of those girls who easily gets lost in the crowd. She is desperately fighting to find her identity. She doesn't want to be the simple, unnoticeable girl she was up until her freshman year when she met Lila and Cassie. With these two girls, Amy finds the validation she is craving. She lets go of the boring Amy and becomes the bad girl who smokes and thumbs everyone else. Even though she feels accepted and has two friends, she still lacks her own unique identity, as she allows herself to be a minion to Lila, always acquiescing to Lila's whims. As the story progresses you watch Amy very slowly transform and eventually find her own identity.
*This is a coming of age book that is a very rough ride, but in the end I liked Amy. I liked that the author was able to make me feel a whole range of emotions during this read. Do not pick this up expecting a light, fluffy read centered around prom, it is anything but that. 

 *I appreciated that the author dealt with some very real and difficult issues as she takes you through all the drama and angst that Amy endures. It isn't pretty, but in the end I loved watching Amy's growth.
*I enjoyed Lisa Burstein's writing style. She tackles troubling topics but she gives Amy a snarky voice, which peps up the book. There are plenty of funny and sarcastic comments peppered throughout the read, which spices it up. 

Go HERE to find Candace's full review on her blog, and go HERE to find Heidi's full review on her blog. 

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Disclosure:  Both Heidi and I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  We were not paid or influenced in any way.  All opinions expressed are our own. 

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Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

I am a recent transplant to the rainy, region of Portland, Oregon; thus the reason for my blog Rainy Day Ramblings.  The many rainy days here provide me ample time to snuggle up under a comfy blanket with a cat and read while the rain drips down my window.
I also, when I find time, enjoy baking, candle and jewelry making, cross stitching and spending ample time with family.
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