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Review: Pretty Things by Sarra Manning

Brie is in love with Lancôme Juicy Tubes, Louis Vuitton accessories, and her gay best friend Charlie, who is in love with 1960s pop art, 1980s teen movies, and serial heartbreaker Walker, who has ever only been in love with his VW Bug, until he meets Daisy . . . who is too busy hating everyone to know what love is. Set in London, this girl-loves-boy-loves-boy-lovesgirl romp is set against a theatrical production of The Taming of the Shrew, and features enough on- and off-stage drama to satisfy teens looking for a beach read—or a read all year round.

My Thoughts
For me this book was about being a teenager, finding out who you are and who you want to be and the complexities of teenage relationships.

I enjoyed pretty things purely because I thought it was a bit different. It is told via split narrative from all four of the main characters.

It contains characters that are gay and not for the sake of it which is something that can annoy me and does a lot of challenge the different ways in which people view and treat gay teenagers which I really liked.

I loved the love circle that was going on with this book with none of the love interests actually matching up in true teenage style and making all the dealings the group had between each other that much more awkward and with often quite hilarious outcomes in a truly realistic way.

Not my favourite Sarra Manning but still a brilliant read which I flew through. 


Lucy Powrie said…
I've only read Adorkable but really enjoyed that. I'd like to read more by her so I'll probably try this out sometime. Thanks for sharing! :)
Cait said…
Ahhhh I love this book so much! One of my faves as a teen. I adored the weird romance circle too. Sara Manning manages to fit so much about being a teen into one book without it being overwhelming

Cait x