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Peek Inside Pretty Amy

You’d think life couldn’t get much worse than being arrested on prom night. But you’d be wrong.

No friends. My two besties, Cassie and Lila, are now officially parentally banned.

No summer of freedom. Instead, I’ll be working at a convenience store, earning money just so I can cover bail.

No future. Just a series of humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” designed to teach me a lesson. 

The only silver lining is Aaron—a mystery wrapped in a leather jacket and wielding car keys—who just happens to show up right when I need him. Now I only feel alive when we’re driving together, the wind in my hair.

Maybe finally getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

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You’d think life couldn’t get much worse than being arrested on prom night. But you’d be wrong.

No friends. My two besties, Cassie and Lila, are now officially parentally banned.

No summer of freedom. Instead, I’ll be working at a convenience store, earning money just so I can cover bail.

No future. Just a series of humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” designed to teach me a lesson. 

The only silver lining is Aaron—a mystery wrapped in a leather jacket and wielding car keys—who just happens to show up right when I need him. Now I only feel alive when we’re driving together, the wind in my hair.

Maybe finally getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

Praise

Review

"If you’ve ever felt like you didn’t belong or didn’t know what you wanted to do with your life, then Pretty Amy is a must-read for you."— Girl's Life Magazine

"Pretty Amy will resonate with any teen considering or already on the wrong path. Burstein paints a bleak picture of teenage politics and one girl's search to fit in and be loved."- San Francisco Book Review

“A coming-of-age story without the comfort of padding…a relatable and compelling character [with] a lot of wonderful snark.” —New York Journal of Books

"Lisa Burstein has one of the most refreshingly real YA voices I’ve read in years. Get your hands on a copy of Pretty Amy – STAT! "— E.Kristin Anderson, Co-editor of Dear Teen Me, Authors Write Letters to their Teen Selves

"In PRETTY AMY, Lisa Burstein has masterfully captured the private heart and soul of what it means--exactly how it hurts--and how vulnerable life is for teen girls. Burstein's writing is beautifully raw and hyper-real. PRETTY AMY will shock you, make you laugh, cry, yell & cheer.”— Anne Eliot, Author of Almost

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781620611203
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Page Count: 352
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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By Rachel March 09, 2012

PRETTY AMY brought me back to the chaotic halls of my own high school. I too had a friend like Lila, who always had to be the prettiest one in the room. I too was a middle-class white girl who was as exotic as a blueberry muffin (oh how I love that line!). And, most importantly, I too had a tende... ...more

By Heidi May 09, 2012

Rated 4 stars
“Four Stars: A rocky road for a teenage girl who struggles to find her identity.

It is prom night for Amy. As her mom drops her off, she receives an earful on her poor choices, her bad influence friends and her attitude. Not once does her mother offer any encouraging words or even tel... ...more

This book came highly recommended so I decided to give it a try.

Pretty Amy is a coming of age YA novel about Amy, a graduating senior who is hanging out with the wrong crowd~ beautiful Lila and trash talking Cassie. Amy finally feels like she fits in, but during a fateful prom night her life chan... ...more

By Amy July 26, 2012

Wow. This was wonderful. PRETTY AMY was so, so real. As a teenager and a writer, I can say that this book had merit as both. My prom night this year was unbelievable and fun and so, so stressful. Getting arrested afterwards? It's something that everyone is secretly afraid of (I remember that last... ...more

By Kate August 27, 2016

We've all been Amy at some point in our lives, even if we didn't spend prom night in jail. A must-read for lovers of contemporary YA! ...more

By Best April 23, 2012

THIS REVIEWON B'S BOOK BLOG! +AUTHOR INTERVIEW

An ARC of this title was provided by the author for review. 

Unfortunately, I am only myself. I am only Amy Fleishman. I am one of the legions of middle-class white girls who search malls for jeans that make them look thinner, who search drugstores f... ...more

By Jessi May 11, 2012

Flying through the pages of Pretty Amy was like a trip back to the halls of my high school--the cliques, the heartbreaks, the searching, the uncertainty. Amy is searching--but she doesn't even really know what she's searching for (or perhaps even that she's searching).  She's found a group of fri... ...more

By Rachel May 16, 2012

3.5/5 Stars

Before I read Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein I thought Amy and her best friends were going to be arrested because of a silly prank. I was really excited to find out what exact crazy prank was pulled. I created scenarios, in my mind, of some prank ideas. Would Amy, Lila and Cassie splatter... ...more

By Annabelle Marie Veronica June 01, 2012

****FINAL RATING: 4.10 STARS****

CATCHALL
Pretty Amy was an extremely powerful book. It certainly wasn't the easier thing in the world to read, and I definitely struggled and some points. It was heartbreaking and real. It really managed to ring true even though it was do dramatic and unusual. The... ...more

By Katya October 03, 2012

Ever had one of these moments when you finish a book and think “That was definitely NOT what I expected?” Like, you saw a cover and read the description and it never prepared you for what might be inside?

The synopsis for “Pretty Amy” is a good example of that.


Seriously, read it again and tell me... ...more

By Amy April 13, 2012

*4.5 out of 5 stars

First I want to give this some cover love!! I adore the cover. Yes, it's a girl in a pretty dress...but she's in a jail cell. I love it!! Second, it's titled Pretty Amy which automatically makes it cool since that's my name. ;) Okay now onto the review. I really loved this boo... ...more

By Margie March 03, 2017

Pretty Amy was not what I expected - and that is such a good thing!
I expected the story to be lighter and fun, and again, I am so happy that I was wrong.
Amy's story is not dark, it may be slightly depressing and sad - but it has it's funny moments too.
I am amazed on how Lisa Burstein's writing w... ...more

By Anjana April 27, 2012

I started reading Pretty Amy expecting a light story about high school drama on prom night. Instead, I got something much deeper.

Pretty Amy is the story Amy, a high school senior who's friends with the wrong kind girls just to feel accepted. The book begins on Prom Night when Amy and her two 'bes... ...more

By Nely July 29, 2012

While most teenagers go to prom their senior year, Amy Fleishman goes to... jail?

In this witty story about a teenage girl trying to fit in and find her place in life, Amy's easy life is about to turn upside down. Her mother goes ballistic and her lawyer wants her to testify against her best frie... ...more

By Melissa April 26, 2012

For me, the wonder of PRETTY AMY is in Lisa’s ability to dive layers deep into the teenage experience. As readers we like to talk about “relating” to a main character. I don’t think it’s essential that we relate to the main character, so much that we sympathize with her. And that’s an important d... ...more

By Cindi March 01, 2012

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this before it comes out. I loved every minute of PRETTY AMY. Amy's so relatable and likeable and has this awesome snarky personality that made laugh. Out loud. That's right, I totally LOLd. I highlighted a ton of great lines. The pace was great. It was r... ...more

By Lisa February 22, 2012

Excited for Pretty Amy release - Can't wait to read! ...more

***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing for review***
When I first read the synopsis for Pretty Amy, I was expecting a funny story about a girl who was arrested on prom night. Imagine my complete surprise to find out that this book was actually deep, intense and emotional.

Pretty Amy tells the stor... ...more

By Amy April 22, 2012

If, like me, you view your high school years as something best left never revisited, and if, like me, you wonder if you really existed in high school, then perhaps you should approach reading Lisa Burstein's Pretty Amy with caution. You might experience some post traumatic-related flashbacks.

Desp... ...more

By Miriam March 31, 2012

For a more detailed review, take a look at my blog.

Before I go ahead, let me just state, that I LOVED this book. And the main reason for that is the character Amy. I have to admit that I was, and sometimes still am, an Amy myself: Not sure where I belong and who to trust, not knowing what is righ... ...more

By Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ) April 18, 2012

hey everyone I have the lovely opportunity of reading an ARC of this lovely book & being part of the blog tour for pretty Amy. more information to come. In the meantime, check out our blog: http://read-a-holicz.blogspot.com

BUT...here it is!

This book was good in a “life directing” sort of way.... ...more

By Hannah April 02, 2012


I will admit that Pretty Amy was completely different from anything that I thought it would be. In fact, it is completely different from any book that I have ever read. The raw and gritty nature of this book is definitely not for youngsters however; I do believe that it is an important book for t... ...more

By Kristina May 20, 2012

I was so happy when the publisher sent me an eARC of Pretty Amy. I started it right away and finished it in one setting. It was a fast and interesting read and it wasn't at all what I was expecting, but I loved every minute of it!

Amy is a normal teenage who feels like she is all alone. Her parent... ...more

By Mickey September 24, 2012

See full review here!

I received this book at RT in a contest. Here's my honest review:

This book needs to sink in a bit more. I have some weird feelings about it, but overall I liked it. Let's see where this review takes me (since I write based on feelings, this could get messy).

So, I guess my maj... ...more

By Hot Stuff Book Reviews March 27, 2012

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I received an e-ARC of this stand alone novel tanks to Netgalley, Entangled Publishing and the author.

Before I read this novel I was sure to spend a good time and I was also a little afraid to be disappointed. It happens often when you're eagerly waiting fo... ...more

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Lisa Burstein

About the author

Lisa Burstein

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie and Sneaking Candy.She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

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