Book Review: Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans


Title: Not Pretty Enough
Author: Jaimie Admans
Series: Not Pretty Enough
Publisher: Self
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Book Summary:“New Year’s Resolutions:1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.

2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.

Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.

Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.

As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?

Not Pretty Enough is an older version of Ramona and Beezus. Our main character, Chessie, always finds a way to get herself in some type of trouble and if you read the blurb above you can see why. She sets her mind on things (maybe not the right things) and never takes no for an answer. That makes for an interesting story to say the least.

It’s hard out there for a girl. Media and popular opinion can make the prettiest girl feel ugly. That’s why I was drawn to Not Pretty Enough. I wanted to read a story relating to the modern day insecurities of women.

For some odd reason, Chessie keeps pursuing this guy, Lloyd Layton. She sees him as someone who can relate to feeling like an outcast, but in reality he’s the most comfortable guy there is.

This has to be the most relatable book ever. Every girl knows how they feel sometimes, but Not Pretty Enough actually puts these things in writing through a humorous story. The reader will be literally laughing out loud while also being entranced in a story that says the unsaid.

Sometimes I grew frustrated with Chessie’s antics, but in time I learned to love them. Though everyone was telling her she was good enough, what it came down to was her going through her own journey to find herself, and her own self worth in society. And I think that’s a story worth reading.

It’s also pretty hilarious, too.


Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

Content: Mild Language

Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

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  1. Hi, I saw this post on Bloglovin and read the entire post. The book title ‘Not Pretty Enough’ has intrigued me, so I read your post. Do you know if the SRP is 99c? Or is this just a weekend deal?

  2. Hi – thank you for such a lovely review, Eboni! I’m so glad you liked the book! 🙂