I loved the way that Katie Sise (the author) narrated this series. In the first book, The Boyfriend App, Audrey was the main character whereas in the second book, The Pretty App, Blake was the main character. I must admit- while I liked Audrey better, reading from Blake’s POV was much more entertaining. Blake was the mean girl from book one, and she still was a mean girl in this book, but that wasn’t who she truly was. The Pretty App allowed me to see beneath Blake’s facade and realize her true personality . It was refreshing to finally read a book from the mean girl’s POV.
The Pretty App focused on a new competition from Public (a company)- but this time, instead of having to create an app, Public used an app to hold a contest. All girls residing in the US were allowed to upload their pictures to the app which would then be voted on to determine who was the prettiest girl in each high school. Once that was determined, ten girls would be selected to appear on a reality show where they could be voted the prettiest girl in the US and win a prize. Blake was determined to win the competition- after all, the only thing that she had going for her was her beauty. If she couldn’t win a beauty competition…what could she win?
As the book continued, it focused on Blake, her insecurities, and her shaky friendship with Audrey. I loved that Blake realized that her only true friend was Audrey, and wanted to become friends with her again. It was a concept that isn’t normally shown in YA books. There tends to be more breakups than makeups when friends and relationships are concerned, but that wasn’t the case in this book. I found it really interesting because there appeared to be a ton of cliches, but as the book continued, one by one, each cliche turned into something unique. I don’t want to give any specific examples for sake of spoiling the book, but I will just say that you are in for a treat.
Overall, I enjoyed this book even more than The Boyfriend App and give it 4/5stars.
What made you decide to go into writing?
I’ve always loved to write fiction, even as a kid. Writing professionally happened in a very circuitous way. I was designing jewelry and working as a television host in my mid-twenties, and decided to try writing a how-to book about pursuing creative careers. That book was called CREATIVE GIRL, and was published in 2010. I enjoyed writing it so much that I decided to try writing fiction again. Fiction-writing is really different than writing nonfiction. You get to use your imagination, which is so much fun. I’d love to continue writing fiction for a long time!
Are there any people that influenced your writing style and/or started your desire to write?
My parents were always very supportive. And my siblings were, too. They were always game for acting out plays and reading stories, so I’d say they were the ones who encouraged my early desire to write.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
That’s a great question! Probably The Great Gatsby. That’s one book I read over and over again.
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know… 😉
Oatmeal. Any time, anywhere.
I love how unique the names of your characters are, especially Blake and Audrey! If you don’t mind spilling your secrets, what was your inspiration for their names?
Audrey was named after Audrey Hepburn because she also has a pixie cut, and because I love Audrey Hepburn. I can’t remember how I came up with Blake! I remember thinking the name sounded like someone who was both beautiful and tough at the same time.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Traditional paper and hard back books– no question!
Do you have any tips for budding writers?
Just keep writing. All the time. And don’t give up. There’s a saying that the only difference between unpublished writers and published writers are that the published ones never stop writing. You get better with each book, so just keep going. Set aside a time each day for your writing, and protect that time.
Are you currently working on a book? If so, can you give us any juicy details? 🙂
Yes! I’m working on a brand new book for HarperCollins Balzer + Bray. It’s a romantic comedy like THE BOYFRIEND APP and THE PRETTY APP, but it’s with new characters. I’m really excited about it!