Book Review: The Pretty App by Katie Sise

The Pretty App
App #2
Author: Katie Sise
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: April 14th 2015
Review Source: Balzer + Bray

Poor Blake Dawkins! She's rich, she's gorgeous, and she's the queen bee of Harrison High. The girls want to be her; the boys want to—okay, enough said. But it turns out Blake’s life is not so perfect—just talk to her dad, who constantly reminds her that she's not up to par, or to her ex-bff, Audrey, who doesn't even look her in the eye.

Then Harrison—and every other high school in America—becomes obsessed with posting selfies on the ubiquitous Pretty App. Next: Leo, an adorable transfer student, arrives at Harrison and begins to show Blake that maybe being a queen bee doesn't mean being a queen bitch. And though Audrey suspects somebody’s playing foul, Blake finds herself catapulted to internet fame after being voted one of the prettiest girls in the country. She's whisked away to star in a reality show—in Hollywood, on live TV. But she doesn’t know who to trust. Because everybody on the show wants to win.

And nobody is there to make friends.

The Boyfriend App author Katie Sise spins another irresistible tale of technology, secrets, and big-time romance in this story of what it takes to be #trulybeautiful.
Sometimes, beauty is a curse. This is how Blake feels, well at times. She knows everyone thinks she’s just a beauty, with no brain. She uses her beauty to manipulate the power over her high school classmates. Yet, at home… she’s just there, to pose as the perfect and beautiful daughter of a politico father. This is all she is to her father, a perfect image. Doesn’t matter her beliefs or what relationships she breaks, if her father tells her something, she must obey.

As a new app is invented, The Pretty App, one that that allows users to upload pictures to later be rated by others, Blake enters the competition. She knows she has the chance to win as the most prettiest in high school. But things are not that easy. She falls for the new geeky guy that challenges, makes her be better, to be herself. Things get complicated. This perfect daughter ends isn’t perfect after. But there will be consequences.

The Pretty App is a good sequel to The Boyfriend App. Although it can be read as a standalone. Blake goes through a life lesson and it helps reader realize that no matter how perfect one tries to be, one will always make mistakes. These mistakes, however, may lead us to a better place.

An easy read with a happy ending, The Pretty App is perfect for rainy days.

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