The Inside Habit

Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

PrettyFace The blurb:

That’s what I am. A funny girl. A friend. Nobody’s girlfriend. The girl with the pretty face.
Hayley wishes she could love living in Santa Monica, blocks from the beach, where every day—and everybody—is beautiful and sunny. But she just doesn’t fit in with all the blond, superskinny Southern California girls who have their plastic surgeons on speed dial. Hayley is smart and witty and has such a pretty . . . face. Translation: Don’t even think about putting on a bikini, much less dating superhot Drew Wyler. A bikini will never be flattering, and Drew will never think of her as more than a friend.

Just when Hayley feels doomed to live her life in the fat lane, her parents decide to send her to Italy for the summer—not for school, not for fat camp, just for fun. It’s there, under the Italian sun, that Hayley’s vision of herself starts to change. She’s curvy, not fat. Pizza isn’t evil. And life is so much more than one-size-fits-all. Who knows? Once Hayley sees herself in a new light, maybe the girl with the pretty face will finally find true amore.

I’ve had this book forever but it took me so long to read. I have to admit, I was drawn to the cover – all the fun and pretty colors and whatnot. So I picked it up and having finally finished it, I have to say that it wasn’t bad. Hayley was a zany little character (not unlike myself) and I loved her comebacks. I almost want to say that it was a quick fun read but… thanks to my procrastination and other such nonsense, not very quick.

Thus, it was a fun light read. Realistic ending. I know this sounds crazy but I almost would have liked to have heard the story from her best, Jackie’s, point of view. It just seemed like it would have been so much more interesting that way. Hayley was the typical insecure-about-her-body type and you could predict that she would go off to Italy and “find herself”. Heck, it was even written on the cover. Still fun to read (even if I knew how it would end).

Grade: 3/5


Review: Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

6a00d8341c5ac253ef00e55243c1028833-640wiEighteen year old Dani, and her mother, steal for a living. It’s nothing like a Robin Hood story – they don’t take from the rich and give to the poor. They take from the rich… and keep as much as they want. After all, wealthy people will bounce back mere minutes later. Such is their logic. Or rather, such is Dani’s mother’s logic.

Being a thief doesn’t present much in the way of friends and love-interests until Dani and her mom show up in a town called Heaven. The plan is relatively straightforward: get to know everyone, find the best house to rob, do it and then move on. The plan is definitely not: make friends, fall for a guy, and let your guard down every once in a while. Enter  Dani’s dilemma: What her mother wants or what she wants?

I have to say that I loved Dani’s voice in this book. It was realistic and relate-able (assuming I ever start to age backwards – hello Benjamin Button – and take up thievery).  There were funny and sad moments alike and being one of those people who factors in book covers and back-cover blurbs before picking up a book, I was not disappointed. I’m all over Bloom and Perfect You next.

Rating: 4/5 (Amazon; Barnes & Nobles; Chapters)