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The Pretty App by Katie Sise Book Review


Poor Blake Dawkins! She's rich, she's gorgeous, and she's the queen bee of Harrison High. The girls want to be her; the boys want to—okay, enough said. 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 Harrison—and every other 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 bitch. 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.
The Boyfriend App author Katie Sise spins another irresistible tale of technology, secrets, and big-time romance in this story of what it takes to be #trulybeautiful.
Having read the first book in this series and loving it, I was very excited for The Pretty App. I wouldn't say that I was necessarily disappointed as this is a great book, but I didn't love it as much as The Boyfriend App. But before we get into why exactly let me talk about the things I liked. It was great to revisit the characters from the previous book, unfortunately they weren't in it as much as they had been in the first book. With the exception of Audrey who I still love, she was the main character in the first book. I think it's cool to see her through her former best friend's eyes in this book, you get to know Audrey a little differently when it's someone else's perspective. As for the change in POVs, I liked it. I thought it was good to be able to see things from Blake's perspective because we had learned at the end of the previous book that she was misunderstood and not always as mean as she seemed. I think that her character had a lot of good growth in this book as she began to try and find herself. There were a few new characters, like the mysterious but totally swoon worthy Leo, and Amy and some of the other sweet (or completely bratty) Pretty App contestants. 

This book is pretty fast paced and I don't think I got bored anywhere while reading it. I'll be honest I did think that Leo's plot twist was a bit obvious, but the rest of the plot was fine. The writing is a little quirky (there are still some fun, geeky comments from Audrey's group of friends), which I liked. I think that the thing that I loved so much about The Boyfriend App was that at the end of the book I was sad that it had to end, especially after all of the awesome and unique characters I'd met. I also came away wondering if I could build an app, I was actually very interested in coding. I applaud the author for that because before I had no interest whatsoever. This book wasn't as tech focused in a lot of ways. For example, Blake isn't Audrey and doesn't think she's very intelligent, she feels like her beauty is all she has. This book has such a positive message in terms of beauty and what it truly means to be beautiful. That it isn't always the shape of your figure and your clothing or makeup, it's how you act and how you feel, your confidence. I think that's a great message and I feel like that was the focus of the book, I came away thinking about my self-esteem instead of wondering if I could build an app. 

Overall, this is a great book. While in the end I felt like the first book was the one that stood out to me and I enjoyed more (probably due to the amazing characters who do make short appearances here and there in this book), this is still a fun and inspirational read. I loved seeing Blake's character grow and let's be honest, reality shows, even in books, are addicting. I loved the message about true beauty that the author has put into this book, even including a makeup-free picture of herself on the back. I'm giving The Pretty App 4 out of 5 flowers. 
Thank you to Montana and the publisher for providing me with an ARC, the opinions I've expressed are my own. 

Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.



4 comments:

  1. I remember reading The Boyfriend App and really liking it when it first came out. Sorry this wasn't quite as good for you.

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  2. I haven't read 'The Boyfriend App', but do you have a recommendation for a good accompaniment series for this?
    ~ Krys

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  3. "This book has such a positive message in terms of beauty" - not something I expected to read in your review, based on the synopsis. I'd definitely be more likely to pick up this series now. Great review honey, thanks of sharing!

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  4. Not gonna lie, The Boyfriend App and the Pretty App both sounds so superficial. It's one of the reasons why I can't get myself to even fake an interest. However, I know most readers have learned a thing or two about themselves by reading these books, so I know I'm missing out. Maybe someday...

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