The Definitive Guide to

Pretty

Written by Justin Sayre
Published by Penguin Workshop
Goodreads Rating - 3.8 / 5.0
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Target Age
272
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What's Pretty About

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Pretty isn’t everything! Trapped by the limitations of her high-school adjective, the realities of her mother’s alcohol addiction, and a racially fraught America, Sophie’s perspective on what being pretty really means changes drastically in the second adjective-busting novel by the author of Husky, Justin Sayre. Set three months after Husky’sconclusion and narrated by Sophie, Davis’s best friend, Sayre details the private and public life of someone saddled with the adjective of pretty. Confident, stylish, and easygoing at school, Sophie is struggling in her home life. Stepping in to help as her mother’s addiction spirals out of control, Sophie’s aunt teaches the biracial Sophie new lessons about her heritage. While helping to heal the wounds inflicted by alcoholism, Sophie’s renewed sense of self challenges her perception of place in the affluent, “liberal” neighborhood of Park Slope where she lives.a Set against the backgrounds of Brooklyn and Harlem, Sayre challenges readers to confront superficial assumptions about race and beauty and breathes new life into the cannon of middle-grade realistic fiction.

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Who Wrote Pretty

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Justin Sayre

Justin Sayre is a writer and performer, appearing regularly in New York City and Los Angeles. Husky was deemed “a superb addition to the middle grade literary cannon” by VOYA magazine and “[a] moving journey of self-discovery . . .” by Publishers Weekly. In addition to being an author of books for young readers, Sayre was a television writer for 2 Broke Girls and appeared in Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback.

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
044848417X
ISBN 13:
9780448484174
Publication Date:
July 4, 2017

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