ARC Review: Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu!!!

Posted May 25, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Making Pretty
Corey Ann Haydu
Release Date: 05/12/2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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?

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This is the story of a girl who is insecure. This is the story of Montana, who doesn’t know the true meaning of family. How could she? Her mother left when she was young, and her father marries someone new every few years. He appears to like a woman, change her appearance (because he’s a plastic surgeon), and then files for a divorce. The only person who has been consistent throughout her life was her sister, Arizona. When Montana and Arizona were little, they made a pact that they would never have any plastic surgery done to them, because they wanted to stay the same. They didn’t want to feel like they were imperfect. They wanted to be happy with who they were. But Arizona left Montana to go to college, and when she returned, she wasn’t the same physically or mentally. She had gotten surgery to enhance her body, which meant that she had broken the sisterly pact which they had vowed many years prior.

And then, if that wasn’t enough to make Montana go crazy, she found out that her dad had a new girlfriend, even though he said that he was going to stay away from dating for a little bit. The worst part? Montana knew his new girlfriend…you’ll have to read to find out who she was yourself.

With all of the crazy events happening in Montana’s life, she tried taking the easy path. She tried to please everyone, rather than pleasing herself. She was optimistic- maybe a little too optimistic. She wished that everything would just work out the way that she wanted it to be, but as the book continued, it was evident that the opposite was happening.

Let me warn you of this- Making Pretty is not a light and cutesy contemporary novel. It is a deep, gritty novel filled with topics that are enough to make your body fill with rage and horror. If you look at my GR updates, see HERE, you can see that there were some parts that made me just go…NOPE. NOPE. I was shocked and horrified for Montana. I couldn’t imagine ever living in her situation, and my heart broke for her.

Overall, this book played with my emotions and really allowed me to connect with the main character. I give it 4.5/5 stars.

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2 responses to “ARC Review: Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu!!!

  1. Lynnette

    I always hate it when your heart breaks for a character!! Of course everything can’t be unicorns and rainbows though…. Sadly.

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