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Pretty isn't everything! Trapped by the limitations of her high-school adjective, the realities of her mother's alcohol addiction, and a racially fraught America, Sophie's perspective on what being pretty really means changes drastically in the second adjective-busting novel by the author of Husky , Justin Sayre.

Set three months after Husky's conclusion and narrated by Sophie, Davis's best friend, Sayre details the private and public life of someone saddled with the adjective of pretty. Confident, stylish, and easygoing at school, Sophie is struggling in her home life. Stepping in to help as her mother's addiction spirals out of control, Sophie's aunt teaches the biracial Sophie new lessons about her heritage. While helping to heal the wounds inflicted by alcoholism, Sophie's renewed sense of self challenges her perception of place in the affluent, "liberal" neighborhood of Park Slope where she lives. Set against the backgrounds of Brooklyn and Harlem, Sayre challenges readers to confront superficial assumptions about race and beauty and breathes new life into the cannon of middle-grade realistic fiction.
Publisher: New York : Grosset and Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780448484174
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Sayre
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 16, 2019

I give it a 3 1/2 stars because it was an interesting book but some parts were repeated a few times.

Jul 27, 2018

This was a little bit different from what I normally read, but it was interesting. I am happy that it ended well, and Sophie doesn’t have to deal with her mom being a drunk. Overall rating:
3 1/2 stars

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