Friday, April 24, 2009

Book Inspection: Pretty Face by Mary Hogan (And Contest!)

*Contest Now Closed*
Plot Sketch: Hayley is thirty pounds overweight. Her mom is a gung-ho member of Waist Watchers and rides Hayley constantly about going to the Doctor about her weight. She even buys her a talking scale. People always tell her what a pretty face she has, but never tell her she's pretty. Hayley has been crushing on Drew Wyler for a while, but when the opportunity to go to Italy for the summer arises, she snaps it up. The only bad thing is leaving Jackie, her best friend, behind. While in Italy, she finds a different lifestyle, embraces it, and finds a new Hayley in the process.

Verdict: I Heart IT!! Great read. Seriously great read. It deals with issues that teens find it hard to deal with in a practical, real manner. Heads up to the moms out there, there is some sex in this book, but it's not graphic, not at all, you just know its there. That said, I would recommend this to every high-school-aged teen girl I know. It's wonderful! I literally laughed out loud at least 15 different times over the course of 224 pages.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Santa Monica, California, USA and Asissi, Umbria, Italy

What is the main character's name?

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Yes. She's funny, smart, and down-to-earth.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
4 hours

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
Nope. Great book.

Is this a good read for Monster?
Nope, this is chicklit. YA chicklit.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
Nuffin, muffins.

Does the author have a website?
Yes, she does.


Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: March 24, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060841133

Acquire It:



  • My favorite line: Hayley says to a snooty A&F worker: "Oh, I'm sorry. My mistake. This must be Abercrombie and Bitch."
  • Pretty Face also got a haiku during the Read-a-Thon.
  • I wrote a letter to Hayley during one of the mini challenges as well.

If you'd like to win my copy of Pretty Face, leave a comment telling me the worst thing someone has ever told you about your appearance to your face.

I'll tell you mine right now: A couple of months ago, I stopped by the grocery store on the way home from the gym to pick up some water (read: stinky, sweaty, red-faced, messy hair). Our house is under renovation, and for ten months, I didn't have a mirror, not a single one. I also live in Arizona where we have a lot of snooty winter visitors. The city I live in is especially swarming during the cooler months. So anyway, I'm in line to check-out with my water and this lady turns to me and says, "Don't you have a mirror at home?" I gave her a wicked evil eye and said, "As a matter of fact, no." And thought to my self, what a stuck up *c-e-,n-s-,o-r-e-,d*. (check out Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'?'s post about swearing)

Extra Entries: Gain +3 entries by linking this contest on your blog, either by sidebar or post. Leave blog address in comments.

Contest ends 11:59PM on April 30, 2009 and is open worldwide.

Have questions you'd like to see added to The Gauntlet? Email me.


bridget3420 said...

The worst thing someone has said to me about my appearance is, "you've gained weight, you need to lose". I posted the link to this contest on my sidebar -

Jo said...

Great review! This sounds like something I would have liked and should have read when I was younger!

I'm pretty skinny, not slim, skinny. Twig-like. I've always been very skinny, and have had issues with my weight (that don't involve eating disorders, before anyone reading jumps to conclusions). Those issues were all sorted, but I'm always going to be skinny. Anyway, my uncle was visiting one day, needed to drop something off at the house for my Dad. I was ill at the time, so I wasn't looking my best, and no-one else was in, so I had to open the door. He commented on how terrible I looked, and how skinny I am, and then said something along the lines of "If you don't start putting on weight, I won't be surprised if you're dead before I am." Yeah, pretty hurtful.

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I Heart Monster said...

Ugh. People! Thanks for posting the link!

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I Heart Monster said...

Ok. First of all, I know it sucks for you to be skinny 'cause it's health-related, but, um *jealous*! Second, OMG! And he's related to you even. People!

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Jo said...

“I know, it sounds really bad, but I think that's why he said it.. to kind of scare me. We're actually pretty close, he's like my second Dad, so I think he was trying to use scare tactics to help me out, even though there was no problem anymore. Ah well.

And being skinny isn't all it's cracked up to be! It's a NIGHTMARE trying to find really nice clothes that fit, because they only have larger sizes, and then you get people automatically thinking you're anorexic or bullemic, and commenting on it. I'd much rather have a bit more meat on my bones!

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Shoshana said...

When I was 11, someone told me that I was too thin, my checkbones are so sharp it could pierce the wall. I thought it was a hurtful comment...but it doesn't bother me now.

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Cinnamon said...

"Man, you have really hairy arms and fat fingers." From a current boyfriend at the time. Yeah, "current" didn't last so long after that.

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kathemc said...

"Thank god you have boobs to help balance out that fat."

Debbie said...

The worst thing was about my nose it is so pointy and an old boyfriend told me about it. Please include me in your giveaway.

I Heart Monster said...

Wow. That's creative on their part, but definitely not nice. Thank you for sharing it with us and entering!

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I Heart Monster said...

Woah. I can see why his 'current' status was changed quickly! Thanks for entering!

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I Heart Monster said...

OMG! That's awful! Thank you for entering.

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I Heart Monster said...

What a meanie. Thanks for entering!

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silvia_pi said...

Since I'm short there was a boy in my class always calling my dwarf. I don't have any problem with my stature and I don't really mind beeing short but someone calling you that to make fun of you is really annoying, it hurt me a lot.

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Lesley said...

Every time I see my aunt she kept pointing out that my teeth are crooked. I had never thought it so before and then one day after she said it, I looked into the mirror and realized that she was right. I've been self conscious about it ever since.


quelleheure4 said...

Someone once gave me some Mary Kay products and she said, "It's because you don't look like you take care of yourself." How incredibly rude!

I Heart Monster said...

It's just mean to make fun of anyone's height. Period. Thanks for entering :o)

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I Heart Monster said...

I think it always hurts more when it comes from someone you love. Thanks for sharing and entering :o)

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I Heart Monster said...

OMG! I hope you shoved them back in their face. Thanks for entering :o)

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Marie said...

I have been told so many times that I'm plain that I've lost count -- all though my childhood and teen years and even as an adult -- sigh.

I Heart Monster said...

Wow. I don't think I've ever said that to someone! Thanks for entering :o)

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Lesley said...

Thanks for listening :-)

Donna S said...

The worst thing someone has ever said to me was that dress/shirt makes you look pregnant. Heard it a couple times on different items of clothing.

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I Heart Monster said...

That's the worst. That's happened to me a couple of times too :o( Bugger! Thanks for entering!

Shel said...

The worst thing anyone ever told me, was when I was younger, they called me "bucktooth" It wasn't until I was in HS and got braces that this stopped! I hated it!

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I Heart Monster said...

Ugh. My parents used to use that term about some of my friends and I never thought it was very nice.

Steph Su said...

Oh man, that's a horrible lady! I don't think anything that bad has happened to me. I always THINK that more people would comment on my acne, but I guess it's a case of it being more serious to the person who has it. The worst has probably just been middle school kids (those who know what acne is) being bratty and saying, "Why is your face all spotted?" sigh. I'll get over it.

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Pol.Pony95 said...

Thanks for the contest, it looks like a great book!

This one isn't really to bad, but it did hurt my feelings. I was at a 4-H Ambassador sleepover and was awake until 3 in the morning before I finally got to sleep. Then, I woke up at 7:00 A.M. and left at around 8:00. My Mom had a knitting machine that a lady came over to look at. I threw my hair into a ponytail and went downstairs. My Mom was telling her about were I was last night, and how late I stayed up, and she said something like "I can tell, look at your hair!" It wasn't even bad!

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I Heart Monster said...

Thanks for linking me up and thanks for entering :o) You could totally tell them that you're turning into a leopard. That could be fun ;o)

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I Heart Monster said...

Thanks for the link up and for entering :o) Sometimes I think people just need to think before they speak, but I guess we're all guilty of that once in a while, right?

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Jenna said...

The worst thing someone has ever told me about my appearance to my face was: "You used to be so cute!" Yeah, I'm serious. The person even thought they were being nice.

I Heart Monster said...

Wow. What a slap in the face! Totally uncool. Thanks for entering :o)

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Diana Dang said...

Worse thing I guess is from my mother when she suddenly suggested I get implants because I have a flat chest... ><

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I Heart Monster said...

woah. That's not something you hear often! Thanks for the link-up!

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bbx said...

I used to hate my hair because it's curly, frizzy and big. People are so used to the long, silky, straight commercial look that I always got comments like, "Why didn't you comb today?" or "Don't you wish you had straight hair?" or "Why is your hair like that?" Had a few self-esteem issues to clear up, but I'm rocking my natural curls just fine now :)

bbx said...

Oh, blogged about this too -

I Heart Monster said...

I'm so glad that you're showing off your gorgeous curls! My hair is somewhere in between curly and straight and I just can't figure out how to make it one or the other! Thanks for the link love too :o)

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Shel said...

I blogged about this!

Kate said...

My hairdresses has said that I don't have hair, I have a mane - like a horse. But some things people say can make you laugh. It depends on the person. I asked my friend who was straightening my hair if she was going to use heat defence products on my hair and she replied, "Your hair has a defence of its own." I cracked up. It depends on the person and how they word it.

I Heart Monster said...

It's great that you take it all in stride and realize how people mean it. I think that most of the time even though people don't intend to be mean, it can still hurt us. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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belinda m said...

My dad used to tell me that I walked like an elephant. It hurt and made me feel fat, ugly and not feminine at all.

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Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

When I was about 8 or so, I got a haircut which had a short fringe which Mum and the hairdresser/neighbour liked to spike up. I thought it was cool, the adults thought it was cool... the other kids did not. They said it looked horrible, looked like an afro, said it made me look ugly. They called me "Afrine" for ages, and even lied to the new student teacher that it was my name. He was so embarrassed/annoyed when he realised what had happened.

And yeah, sidebar at and all that. :P

MJ said...

In drs office..publicly - "Gee, you don't look like you weigh THAT much!"


Anonymous said...

hey. Im doing a Book Report/kind of and I read Pretty Face but Im trying to determine what was the real conflict. Was it her weight?

I Heart Monster said...

Weight was one of the conflicts. So was her relationship with herself, and the perception of her body that others forced on her. Some of the conflict arises from the trip to Italy, and leaving Italy too. But yeah, Body Image was probably one of the biggest. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Thank you

amber said...

anonymous stole one of my questions. l0l. I Heart Monster, what is the resolution of Pretty Face?