11 Jul 2013

REVIEW: Pretty Girl by J.C. Burke


If you liked Beautiful Malice or Mice you'll be on the edge of your seat as you read Pretty Girl.

One girl's dead. One's in hospital. And another's just met the perfect guy . . .

Sarah the Sensible, that's what Sarah's year 12 jersey said. Sarah's studying law, living at Galston College on a scholarship, and happy to have found Wil, the ideal boyfriend. So why is Sarah dreaming about the boy she met in the laundry?

Paige Miss Popular was on Paige's jersey. She and Tallulah have been best friends forever. And thanks to Tallulah, they're the only freshmen to have been invited to the hottest party on campus. So why is Paige now a patient in a psychiatric ward? What happened to Paige between then and now that she's pretending she can't remember?

The truth will illuminate the darkness - but what if Sarah and Paige don't want to hear it?

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My Thoughts

Pretty Girl is the first book of J.C. Burke's that I have read. It is written from two points of views - Sarah's and Paige's. Once I got into the flow of it, I really enjoyed it!

No, it's not a romance novel, although there is some romance throughout it. It's a suspense novel, and a good one! The storyline is focused around four friends and their lives and loves at college/uni.

Sarah is the odd one out in the group as she had a modest upbringing and isn't "genetically privileged" like her friends. She  is smart, on a scholarship and has a great boyfriend.

Paige is popular and athletic. She's a diver. But something, or someone has landed her in a rehabilitation hospital.

I can't really say too much about Pretty Girls without spoiling it for other readers, but I will say this: there's friends, parties, guys, drugs, suspense and thrills! If you are looking for something out of the "romance" genre for a change, I strongly suggest giving this a read!

I received an Advanced Review Copy from Random House Australia Pty Ltd through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Pretty Girl is due for publication on September 2, 2013.

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