Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Trailer Tuesday: Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe

Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe

From the Publisher: Faye doesn't mean to hit the old lady she and her friends are mugging. But she does. The old lady isn't moving, but Faye has no reason to feel guilty for leaving her there. The old lady might be ancient and wrinkly now. But back in the day, she was as beautiful as they come—a famous movie star. And everyone knows that pretty and mean always go together. But Faye does feel guilty. So she comes back. Slowly, Faye and the old lady form an unlikely friendship, one that pulls Faye out of her life with her abusive mother and destructive "friends" and allows the old lady relief from her loneliness. But in an unfair world in which the pretty girls, no matter how mean, always seem to get everything, while Faye gets nothing, will Faye be able to keep from slipping back to her old ways? Will her mother ever be happy? Will her father ever come home to stay? And what if Faye goes her whole life without Michael Jackson ever loving her back? Faye is an honest, straightforward narrator who is likable even in her most flawed moments and will be cheered on by readers of every age and from every walk of life.

LibrariYAn says: My first reaction to this book was solely based on the cover, and it was, "Yes! A person of color getting some cover time!" and then "...except she's supposed to be a "not-so-pretty" girl, and that girl is really pretty." One point for racial diversity. One point off for failing to capture the protagonist realistically.  Then I read the publisher copy and thought, "It starts out really tense and thriller-like, but it ends with way too many questions that don't seem related and are kind of confusing."  Then I watched the trailer and thought, "Inexpensively, but nicely done.Just how a book trailer should be." And then I saw that Kirkus gave it a starred review. So...I'm not sure what to expect with this one, but I'm putting it on the TBR pile.

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