Book Reviews

Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

I was recently super stressed about something and decided a little literature therapy was needed. Amazon didn’t seem like it would work on my already empty pocket, which is when I hit up NetGalley. When I saw Pretty, Nasty, Lovely, words like “sorority”, “dysfunctional”, and “secrets” jumped out at me. Obviously, I HAD to read it.

Goodreads synopsis:

33369339Sisterhood has a price . . .
Pledging to Theta Pi at Merriwether University seemed to offer Emma Danelski a passport to friendship, fun, and popularity. But the excitement of pledge training quickly fades, as does the warmth of her so-called sisters. What’s left is a stifling society filled with petty rules, bullying, and manipulation. Most haunting are the choices Emma makes in the wake of another sorority sister’s suicide . . .
It doesn’t matter that no one else needs to know what Emma did, or how vastly different life at Theta House is from the glossy image it projects. Emma knows. And now, with her loyalties tested, she must decide which secrets are worth keeping and how far she’ll go to protect them–and herself…

Expected publication: August 29, 2017


I love the idea of Pretty, Nasty, Lovely. It has a brilliant synopsis, and the story sounds like it would work on paper. It falls short in some areas, but is still an interesting read, nonetheless.

While the writing is great, the characters aren’t written that well. Some of the dialogues seem artificial. It’s not the characters that carry the story forward–it’s the plot. This is entirely a plot-driven book. It’s fast paced and the plot keeps the reader hooked till the end.

Pretty, Nasty, Lovely is a watered down version of what it could’ve been. Some story lines are opened up and then completely abandoned for the next few chapters until the author is ready to explore them again. The characters don’t show any development.

It may feel like I’m listing a lot of negatives, but here’s why I still think this is an interesting read. It explores many topics that aren’t discussed much–suicide, mental illness, and women’s health.

This book would work so much better if the characters showed signs of life and the plot were thickened in the currently choppy areas. You should still check it out if you want a quick, interesting read on scandal, sororities, and violence.

Rating: 3 out of 5


What did you think of my review? Would you read this book? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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