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Author: Jillian Lauren Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481571975

Publisher Description

An electrifying debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls

Jillian Lauren’s breathtakingly honest memoir, Some Girls, earned both critical praise and outstanding sales. In Pretty, Lauren delivers on her promise as a “natural storyteller” (Los Angeles Weekly) with a powerful novel about a broken girl looking to be saved.

Bebe Baker is an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex–drug addict, ex–pretty girl.

It’s been one year since the car accident that killed her boyfriend left her scarred and shaken. Flanked by an eccentric posse of friends, she is serving out a self-imposed sentence at a halfway house while trying to finish cosmetology school. Amid the rampant diagnoses, over-medication, compulsive eating, and acrylic nails of Los Angeles, Bebe looks for something to believe in before something—her past, the dangerously magnetic men in her life, her own bad choices—knocks her off course again. 

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  • “Jillian Lauren writes with stunning, furious authenticity about self-destruction and the bitter road toward redemption. Pretty will knock the breath right out of you.”

    - Janelle Brown, author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
  • “Rich with storytelling, overmedication, and the inner life of [a] deeply troubled young woman…Lauren’s powerful narrative confronts what it is to be a pretty girl, how to accept your flaws, and how to rebuild a wrecked life. An outstanding fiction debut.”

    - City Book Review
  • “At times Bebe is maddening, but in Ms. Lauren’s skilled hands, she never stops being heart-wrenchingly sympathetic.”

    - New York Journal of Books
  • “Well crafted, quick, and absorbing.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Utterly riveting. Jillian Lauren renders the taste and feel of wretched excess—be it sex, drugs, food, or Los Angeles—with a savage veracity and style all her own…Jillian Lauren is the real deal.”

    - Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
  • “Pretty is the real deal, a harrowing journey from darkness to light to real life. Bebe’s unflinching, street-level search for salvation absolutely floored me, and Jillian Lauren’s writing shimmers throughout with wit and authenticity.”

    - Antoine Wilson, author of The Interloper

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Couldn't put it down, but didn't love the ending.... Wishing for more! "

    - Megan, 10/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I got to the second disc and had to shut it off. I couldn't listen to it anymore. The narrator was fine, it was the story itself. I thought it was depressing and I really didn't care for Bebe at all. Not my cup of tea. "

    - Kari, 9/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Definitely not a book for the faint of heart. It's raw, real, and not at all a feel-good story. You'll need a pick-me-up after reading this, but it's worth it. "

    - Ashley, 9/7/2011

About the Author

Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Some Girls and has an MFA from Antioch University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, and their son.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong actor, and multiple award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows.