Making Pretty


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


Montana and her sister, Arizona, are named after the mountainous states their mother left them for. But Montana is a New York City girl through and through, and as the city heats up, she’s stepping into the most intense summer of her life.

With Arizona wrapped up in her college world and their father distracted by yet another divorce, Montana’s been immersing herself in an intoxicating new friendship with a girl from her acting class. Karissa is bold, imperfectly beautiful, and unafraid of being vulnerable. She’s everything Montana would like to become. But the friendship with Karissa is driving a wedge between Montana and her sister, and the more of her own secrets Karissa reveals, the more Montana has to wonder if Karissa’s someone she can really trust.

In the midst of her uncertainty, Montana finds a heady distraction in Bernardo. He’s serious and spontaneous, and he looks at Montana in the way she wants to be seen. For the first time, Montana understands how you can become both lost and found in somebody else. But when that love becomes everything, where does it leave the rest of her imperfect life?


Making Pretty is the first book that I’ve read by Corey Ann Haydu, but it won’t be the last. I thought Making Pretty was an interesting contemporary read. It felt a little long in parts and some it was a little predictable, but I think that’s becuse I read quite a lot of contemporary books.

In Making Pretty, we follow Montana, who has been left by her mother when she was younger. She feels let down by her sister who has changed since she went to college. Montana always felt like her sister was part of her, and now she has returning looking and acting differently, she feels lost and let down. Montana and Arizona’s father frequently marries women, encourages them to get plastic surgery to improve themselves and then divorces them. They despair of their father’s antics, and Montana is in for a shock when the new stepmother could be Karissa, someone that she thought was her new best friend.

I think you’ll either love or hate the characters in Making Pretty. They’re complex, confusing and some are quite irritating. But they’re unique and memorable. I thought their father was absolutely awful. He’s a plastic surgeon and believes that everyone should look perfect, or at least his idea of perfect. I cringed when I read that he gave his daughters gift certificate for plastic surgery. Way to raise their self-esteem, hey?! Their father obviously has his own hang ups but I thought it was awful that the sisters had to go through so many stepmothers. I’d like to say he had some redeeming qualities, but I really don’t think he did!

The reason why I haven’t rated this book any higher, was because I felt it was too long and even at the end of it, it didn’t really feel resolved. I felt sad for the girls that they were so insecure and so desperate to be loved. I don’t think Montana really grew as a character.

There’s no denying that Making Pretty is a well written book. It’s messy, controversial and definitely discussion worthy.

Would I recommend it?:

Making Pretty is full of irritating characters, but they’re intriguing at the same time. You’ll like this if you’re into messy contemporaries! 

This Week In Books #16

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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NOW Making PrettyCorey Ann Haydu-I’m over halfway through my first read of Corey Ann Haydu’s writing. I’m finding this book to be particularly gripping and grittier than the average YA. I have no idea where it’s going…

THENA Song For Issy BradleyCarys Bray– I finished this book which is Beth and I’s next ‘Talking About…’ This book is going to be so interesting to discuss. It’s heavily religious (about Mormons) and covers grief.

NEXTEvery Last PromiseKristin Halbrook– It seems this is the week of tough topics! This book is about a girl who witnesses sexual assault.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a comment or a link to similar posts! I love having a nosey at what others are reading.

Stacking The Shelves #119 A small haul!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!


Those GirlsI think this book will be around a lot this week through the blogosphere! I was intrigued by the synopsis, so snapped up my copy!


Making Pretty

I have heard mixed things about this book, but I want to make up my own mind! 🙂

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by! 🙂

Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR list. Most of these books are debuts, which I’m very excited about, but others are books I’ve just heard amazing things about. I’m sure this week will make me add even MORE to my TBR.

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Fill-In Boyfriend Paperweight

I adore Kasie West’s writing. She’s definitely one of my favourite contemporary writers. I’m looking forward to her next book, The Fill-In Boyfriend which is out in May. Paperweight is a book about mental illness (specifically about eating disorders) I’m intrigued to see how it is represented.

None of the Above The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)

I am very interested in None Of The Above which is a book about a teenager who discovers that they were born intersex. I’m all for diversity in my books, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it is explored. I’ve heard good things about The Girl At Midnight too which looks like it could be an exciting read!

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters The Wrong Side of Right

I have to admit, I was drawn to the cover of Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters. It looks like a cute read! I added The Wrong Side of Right recently when I was exploring some books out this year.

Things We Know by Heart Making Pretty

I am very excited about Things We Know By Heart. I really enjoy Jessi Kirby’s writing, so I can’t wait to devour this book! I recently added Making Pretty to my TBR. It looks like a intriguing read.

Life Unaware Vicious

Life Unaware is another recent addition to my TBR. It looks at internet culture. I’ve had to add Vicious to my list because nearly every blogger I follow is raving about this series. I’m too intrigued not to start it!

What have you recently added to your TBR? Have you read any of these books yet? What should I prioritise! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!