I received this book for free from Balzer+Bray, Harpercollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: App #2
Published by Balzer and Bray, Harpercollins on April 14, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Young Adult
Source: Balzer+Bray, Harpercollins
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.
The Pretty App is a companion novel of The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise. Though this books is not as amazing as the first one, but it still put in some honest society perspective that I believe we should all look into as well. I do love these kinds of book though- light and funny but at the same time, there’s also some sense it can knock into our heads.
The story is told from the perspective of Blake Dawkins. She is pretty and rich and smart- everyone wants to be like her. But she is mean, like definition of the mean girl. However, all of it is just a front, because inside? She’s just insecure and hurt and broken. Her sister left her, and her old BFF also left her. Then came the Pretty App competition, and her rich dad kinda uses this for his advantage. So everything’s going down down down.. But things start to change though when she meets Leo, a new kid in school (of course there’s always a new kid who changes some things lol). He is friendly and kind of bridges the gap between the “cool” kids and the “nerd” ones. And he snaps the attention of Blake as wel..
My thoughts? I like how light and fun this book, as I said. But let me tell you of my take on the mean girl but empty inside. Though I pity Blake at times because it truly did seem like she just forces herself to be mean, but you know what? It was still her choice, and from what I can read, nobody forces her to do so except herself. The good thing though is, it’s never too late to change, and I’m happy she did when she did. So I guess, this can also be a book of reconciliation and forgiveness, which is kinda amiss from the first time you read its synopsis.
Overall, The Pretty App is an enjoyable and fast read for me. If you like those kinds of books, then I recommend you pick this up! 😉
Note: A copy was received in exchange for an honest review 🙂