Pretty

Justin Sayre (Author)
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Description

Coming-of-age never looked so beautiful. - Kirkus (Starred Review)
[A] powerful story of growth and change, brimming with honesty and hope. - Publishers Weekly
Students who might not yet be ready for Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give will find an equally compelling narrator and story in Pretty. - VOYA Reviews

Sophie's perspective on what being pretty really means changes drastically in the second adjective-busting novel by the author of Husky, Justin Sayre.

Sayre details the private and public life of a thirteen-year-old burdened with far more than the middle-school adjective of Pretty. Though she appears confident, stylish, and easygoing at school, Sophie lives a nightmare at home. When her mother's alcohol addiction spirals out of control, Sophie's Auntie Amara steps in to help. She teaches Sophie new lessons about her family and heritage, while also challenging her to rethink how she feels about friends, boys, and even her sense of place in the Brooklyn neighborhood where she lives. Sayre, a master storyteller in the coming-of-age genre, asks readers to confront superficial assumptions about gender and beauty, and breathes new life into the canon of middle-grade realistic fiction.

Product Details

Price
$16.98
Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap
Publish Date
July 04, 2017
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.9 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780448484174

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About the Author

Justin Sayre is a writer and performer, appearing regularly in New York City and Los Angeles. His debut novel, Husky was deemed a superb addition to the middle grade literary canon by VOYA Magazine and called [a] moving journey of self-discovery . . . by Publishers Weekly. In addition to being an author of books for young readers, Sayre is a television writer for 2 Broke Girls and appeared in Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback.

Reviews

"Sayre once again proves that he understands the complexity of growing up. His confident story tackles race, sexuality, wealth, beauty, and faith as he revisits the characters and Brooklyn location of his first novel. This will encourage readers to press in to the difficult questions and look for the truth beneath. Coming-of-age never looked so beautiful." - Kirkus Reviews, *Starred Review

"Sophie's voice is an important one; she revels in her uniqueness but is still learning to be comfortable in her own skin. Her gradual realization that being 'beautiful' is so much more important than being 'pretty' is a sentiment that all teens need to hear. Students who might not yet be ready for Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give will find an equally compelling narrator and story in Pretty." - VOYA Reviews

"Sayre's engrossing second novel takes place in the same Brooklyn neighborhood as his debut, with Davis, Husky's protagonist, playing a supporting role, along with their eclectic friends . . . It's a powerful story of growth and change, brimming with honesty and hope."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Even though Sophie immediately resents her Auntie's intervention in her life, she eventually learns to trust her, and discovers that learning about one's heritage through a loving family member can make you feel 'beautiful' inside. The characters are well-developed, and although the emotions relate to sensitive subjects, many students will be able to relate. This is a well-written story and readers will not be disappointed." (School and Library Connection)