Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review: Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu

Making Pretty
by Corey Ann Haydu
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.98
Published by:  May 12, 2015
Published on: Katherine Tegen Books 
Pages: 368

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

With Arizona wrapped up in her college world and their father distracted by yet another divorce, Montana’s been immersing herself in an intoxicating new friendship with a girl from her acting class. Karissa is bold, imperfectly beautiful, and unafraid of being vulnerable. She’s everything Montana would like to become. But the friendship with Karissa is driving a wedge between Montana and her sister, and 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 heady distraction in Bernardo. He’s serious and 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 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was nothing like I thought it was going to be like, and in this case, that was a good thing. This book explored some pretty intense issues, but it did so in such an original way. 

While I didn't necessarily love the characters, I loved the writing. Haydu had a great voice and I loved how she told her story. 

I was hooked from page one. There are thousands of realistic young adult novels, but this one stood out for me. 

I would have liked a more detailed conclusion. A lot of things were left opened. However, I actually didn't mind all that much. The ending fit the theme of the novel in my opinion. 

If you like books that are different and make you think, then I'd definitely recommend this one. This novel was very thought-provoking.

Major Strengths: The voice she infused into her novel. The originality. 

Major Weaknesses: At parts the story dragged. 

So why 4 stars? It was unique and thought-provoking. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague sexual references, several instances of strong language. 16+. 

The Wrap-up: I'll be interested in reading more by this author. 

Love,

Danica Page

2 comments:

  1. I really want to read this one :) Good review !

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I always love hearing from you all. I hope you get to it soon.

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