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Sarra Manning's PRETTY THINGS is told in four alternating voices. Each voice reveals a deeper layer to the characters, and the reader soon sees that things are not always how they appear

Sarra Manning's PRETTY THINGS is told in four alternating voices. Each voice reveals a deeper layer to the characters, and the reader soon sees that things are not always how they appear. North London-based Manning -- who has written for many teen magazines including J17 and ELLEgirl UK -- showcases yet again her stellar ability to write for the teen scene. She has created four distinct characters and put them into a whirlwind story filled with some of the doubts and questions that many teens face today.

And just the other Manning novels I've read, Pretty Things is amazing! The blurb makes it sound complicated, but it's not. Each of the four teens narrates the story in alternating chapters. Obsessed with fashion and make-up, a Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

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Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire.

I'm just curious, because I'm stressing about what's going on lately, and this book is just so infinitely lovely and it helps me get away from my life. It's such a cute book, I just fell in love with the characters. show more I'm just curious, because I'm stressing about what's going on lately, and this book is just so infinitely lovely and it helps me get away from my life.

Sarra now writes for ELLE, Grazia, Red, InStyle, the Guardian, the Mail On Sunday's You magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Stylist and the Sunday Telegraph's Stella.

Sarra Manning's PRETTY THINGS is told in four alternating voices.

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.

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The Sinners from Mitar
Pretty Things sounds like a great book to read in the summer, and that's why I picked it up.
We follow four teens: Charlie, Brie, Daisy, and Walker, who come together over the summer for a theater group. I enjoyed that it was told in alternating perspectives. That really helped make the point that we all think we have people pegged. We even think we have ourselves pegged sometimes. But people are fluid, ever changing, ever growing. People surprise us. We surprise ourselves.
That's really what Pretty Things is about in the end.
Great summer read? Yes, it was quite funny and enjoyable. But it is also a book that you take something away from.

*And as a lovely bonus, each chapter has a quote from a song lyric at the top (the credits to which are in the end) so if you like listening to music while you read, you've got yourself a soundtrack for each chapter.
Charyoll
I bought this book when it first came out and I was like 16. The only reason I even glanced it was a friend found it on the shelves and said Daisy reminded her of me, Big boobed and sick of it being a defining feature.

I started reading it and fell so hard in love with the book that I’ve read it over the next decade more than ANY other book in my library. Slowly I grew to love Brie more and more than the others, shallow jewel she is, her growth is more prominent than the others as she learns to identify herself and love it a little more.

I just. Guys—if anyone is trying to figure out if they should read this, then a thousand times yes.
Kefym
Brie, Charlie, Walker, and Daisy are four London teens trapped in a love rectangle. All are involved in a local summer theater production of "The Taming of the Shrew," but little do they know that their lives will become equally as dramatic as a Shakespearean play.

Brie can't live without designer labels, lip gloss, and her best friend Charlie. She's often hungry because she's always on a diet. Brie's mother constantly tells her daughter that she'd better work at her appearance or else nobody will be attracted to her. "The minute Mum heard me open the fridge she'd be peering over my shoulder to make sure that I was going to get an apple because if I put even the smallest crumb of chocolate in my mouth, she reckons I'd bloat up twenty-five pounds and never get a boyfriend." As a result, Brie obsesses and stresses about every detail of her life. The thing she wishes for the most, though, is for Charlie to be straight, and not gay. If he were straight, he could be her boyfriend. Charlie already has seen her at her worst. He always stood by her side. He loved her, flaws and all.

But unfortunately for Brie, Charlie isn't straight. He's gay. And he's in love with Walker, the womanizer. Charlie is a self-described "indie/emo hybrid." Unlike Brie's designer labels, Charlie likes his Converse All Star low-tops and his homemade T-shirt with the word "Gayer" written on it. Though he was comfortable being gay --- when he came out to his Mum she said, "That's okay, babes. I kind of already knew" --- Charlie was not into "scene queens." He just wanted to date a normal guy. And the guy who Charlie had set is eyes on was Walker.

Walker doesn't have a good track record with girls. His reputation follows him around town with his given nickname "Shagger." Walker claims, "I can resist anything but girls who can resist me." And the girl who resists Walker the most is Daisy, a strong-willed lesbian.

Daisy has a lot of hate. She's hated Walker for years. Because she's known him and his reputation since elementary school, she's not thrilled to see him in the summer theater. Daisy also hates Brie, who is the opposite of Daisy's looks and beliefs.

Sarra Manning's PRETTY THINGS is told in four alternating voices. Each voice reveals a deeper layer to the characters, and the reader soon sees that things are not always how they appear. North London-based Manning --- who has written for many teen magazines including J17 and ELLEgirl UK --- showcases yet again her stellar ability to write for the teen scene. She has created four distinct characters and put them into a whirlwind story filled with some of the doubts and questions that many teens face today.

--- Reviewed by Kristi Olson
Ricep
Nah. I wasn't a fan of the book. I thought it would be more interesting and funnier, but it just pissed me off. The plot was very thin, the only real resolution was Brie gaining convidence. The only thing that happened over the course of the novel was that all the teens managed to get really drunk, sleep with each other, and get really really angry at one another. Half the book was just the characters complaining and using a lot of bad language. It didn't bring about any earth-shattering realizations about homosexuals, and made it seem that one can choose their sexuality. There are better books than this one, and I don't recommend it.

But if you did read this book and enjoyed it, you might want to try Guitar Girl by the same author.
Silly Dog
"Pretty Things" is a fantastic book. Period. It deals with many different adolescent problems (a main one being fancying your best friend).

Brie's best friend is Charlie. Brie is a straight "footballer's wife" type girl. Charlie is a gay rocker boy who cuts his hair with nail-scissors and listens to The White Stripes.

They both decide to go to a theatre group, where Charlie meets Walker, a straight, womanising guy who has now fallen in love with none other than Charlie's friend Daisy, a self-proclaimed lesbian. Could things get any more complicated?

Actually no. The book is very easy to get into and the story-line is easy to follow. All in all, a very enjoyable read.
Pretty Things download epub
Literature & Fiction
Author: Sarra Manning
ISBN: 0142405396
Category: Teen & Young Adult
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Speak (March 2, 2006)
Pages: 272 pages