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Pretty Funny by Rebecca Elliott, #49 review

I took a photo of my copy as I couldn’t find a HD pdf of the book cover online

Publication date: 19 March 2020

Does anyone ever really want to ‘fall’ in love? Knowing me I’ll just trip over it and graze my knee on the gravel of humiliation.

Haylah Swinton is fairly confident she’s brilliant at being a girl. She’s an ace best friend, a loving daughter, and an INCREDIBLY patient sister to her four-year-old total nutter of a brother, Noah. But she has a secret. She wants to be a stand-up comedian, but she’s pretty sure girls like her – big girls, girls who don’t get all the boys, girls who a lot of people don’t see – don’t belong on stage.

That hasn’t stopped her dreaming though, and when the seemingly perfect opportunity to write routines for older, cooler, impossibly funny Leo arises… well, what’s a girl to do? But is Leo quite an interested in helping Haylah as he says he is? Will Haylah ever find the courage to step into the spotlight herself? And when oh when will people stop telling her she’s ‘funny for a girl’?!

Pretty Funny is a feel-good book that’s guaranteed to make you laugh at the funny. Thank you to @times.reads for the ARC. It will chuckle the shelves on March 19th 2020.

The story follows our comedian, Haylah Swinton, otherwise known as Pig. Why? Read the book to find out. Pig is a curvy girl who is not in love with herself and her body. Her two best friends, Kas and Chloe are basically supermodels, which makes Haylah feel like the black sheep of their trio.

Pig starts out with the dream of being a comedian, she maintains that drive throughout the entire book. That shows determination and consistency to the girls who will read this book. Hopefully, they too will learn from Pig that overtime, dreams get harder to achieve as you grow older and it will take great passion and courage to fulfil it.

This book stays true to the age of the characters. I remember that when I was 14, the same age as Pig and her friends, like them, I was on a journey of self-hate and discovering myself ( I still am) and self-love. If you have the right height for society, you don’t have the right bum. If you have a round enough bum, you don’t have enough rack. It’s all stupid and pointless. At 14, looking exactly as your crush’s ideal body on a woman seems like a normalised thing because this is exactly what society has preprogrammed into little girls’ heads until they become women. Until they wake up one day to realise that it all really doesn’t matter. I loved that about this book.

Pretty Funny is about chasing your dreams, friendship and family. It is also about the little sparks of laughs in bad moments and embracing change as you grow older. However, for me, I feel that the context of self-hate was written poorly in the book as it felt forced to me by using the same sentences over and over again in the topic. Words like “fat” and “curvy” were carelessly thrown in conversations to emphasise that Pig was not chopstick thin.

I hope you will pick up this book and give yourself some self-love time to curl up with a book. Happy Reading ❤

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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