Book Review and Giveaway: Pretty by Jillian Lauren

Over the long Labor Day weekend I pretty much relaxed and took it easy most of the time and every chance I got, I read from the newly released book called Pretty by Jillian Lauren. Pretty is about a young woman named Bebe who is trying to stay on course and stay clean while living at Serenity, a halfway house, after the tragic car accident that killed her boyfriend and left her scarred and damaged both on the inside and out. Pretty follows the story of Bebe as she tries to finish cosmetology school while dealing with guilt of the accident, diagnoses of major depressive disorder, chemical dependency, and attention deficit disorder, over medication, and compulsive eating just to name a few. Bebe seems to be an ex-everything, including an ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex-drug addict, and ex-pretty girl but with the help of her good friends Violet, Buck, and Javier and even the unexpected help from the director of counseling at Serenity, Susan, she finds out that she can be sober and pretty again in her own way, on her own terms.

I found it very easy to relate to Bebe in many ways as she struggles to live with the choices she has made. I haven't exactly had to deal with the problems that Bebe has had to deal with and definitely not to the same extent, but I've had to deal with similar problems of my own through the years. I find Bebe to be such a strong and inspiring character in the way that she deals with her problems and finds her way to a better, clean life. I would describe Pretty as dark and edgy but very, very real as I'm sure many of us know young women just like Bebe, maybe even some who are our family members. Pretty will give you a glimpse into the other side, a side where you wouldn't want to have to experience firsthand.

About the Author
Author Jillian Lauren grew up in suburban New Jersey. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, was published in April of 2010 and her newest novel, Pretty, was released August 30, 2011. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Flaunt Magazine, Opium Magazine, Society, Pale House: A Collective and in the anthology My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories. She has read at spoken word events across the country and has been interviewed on such television programs as The View, Good Morning America and Howard Stern. She regularly blogs at TODAY Moms, The Nest and Jillianlauren.com. She is married to musician Scott Shriner and they live in LA with their son. You can connect with Jillian on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Order Your Copy of Pretty
You can order your very own copy of Pretty on Amazon and if you happen to be one of the first 250 people on 9/7 to order Pretty on Amazon and email the receipt to pretty.the.book@gmail.com, you will receive a Limited Edition run of the Pretty necklace made by Fairy Tale Jewels.com.
 
Giveaway
Please do any of the below and leave the appropriate number of comments for each entry.
  1. Follow/like Jillian Lauren on Twitter and/or Facebook. (2+ entries each follow method)
  2. Follow me on Twitter and/or follow my blog via GFC and leave the name you follow with. (1+ entry each follow method)
  3. Tweet the following message and leave the link to your tweet: Check out @jillylauren's new book, Pretty, at http://amzn.to/prettybook #PRETTYBOOK (1+ entry each tweet. Can be tweeted up to 3 times a day at least 1 hour apart)
  4. Purchase a copy of Pretty on Amazon and email a copy of the receipt to me at parttimereaderblog@yahoo.com. (5+ entries)
**Please  note, this giveaway is for US residents only and will end on Tuesday September 13, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be picked via Random.org and notified the next day.

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