Tuesday 2 October 2012

Book Review: Pretty Girls Don't Cry

Book Title: Pretty Girls Don't Cry (Goodreads/ Amazon)

Author: Tony J Winn
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services 
Format: ebook
Cost: $2.99
Pages: 153
How I got it: Library Thing Early Reviewers
My Rating:★★★☆☆
Erotica Rating: N/A
Afternoon radio show host Nora Scott has always considered herself an ugly duckling, and the prosthetic foot she wears on her right leg isn't helping. 
When she's on the air, as a faceless voice, she's Eugene, Oregon's favorite personality. Off the air, she's ... not so great, hiding her face and failing to connect with a guy for more than one night.
Now she's being pursued by two men, a work friend who wants to be more than friends, and the guy she loved when she was fourteen, before the accident.

Nora must figure out what she really wants, as well as how much she can forgive.
My Review:
I gave this one a 3.5, because it took getting to the end of the book for it to come together, and even then there were unanswered questions. It meant you had to read ALL the way through. It was actually a pretty good read, she even fit the title in the book without having the main character say it.  Which is always a nerdy love of mine.

The novel was actually in the end a good read that showcased the life of Nora who is an amputee, her parents are understandably very protective and they tend to hold Nora's part in her accident over her head. She dreams of a better life and eventually goes after it, yet when given several opportunities shoots them down even AFTER she bitched about not getting the job. O_o We don't learn until the end the full story of Nora's injury, and the part of the young man her parents blame.  Nora had a few neurosis that just drove me crazy but I do understand her belief that if she fixed this one part of herself that everything would be okay, I wonder if she realized how that paralleled Kylie's eating disorder???

I do have to say that i almost didn't finish because the main character at first wasn't really likable  she whined a bit, was a bit of a bitch and just really didn't share anything that made her a likable character. She has two good friends that we learn she knows very little about. She burns through men because she doesn't want to be rejected which I totally get, her heart already belonged to someone else it always did. I just which she wouldn't have get going on and on about how she's a slut, ummm no sweety your a red blooded female, who knows what she wants, she could have been a little less callous about it, but hey it is what it is.

I liked that once she 'fixed' the problem she moved on and got a better life, even if meant making her parents uncomfortable. She did eventually realize how absorbed she was with herself and becomes a better friend. In the end the book was a great read that made you think about your own obsessions and limitations that you placed on your own life and ideas, so for me it was good, It could have been a little better with letting us know more about the friends and their lives, but I get it, it's Nora's book so Nora's life.

****FTC rules state I must let you that I received a copy of the book from the author or publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.***

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