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Book Review: Pretty Funny for a Girl

A candid and laugh-out-loud journey of family, friends, and fierce mistakes.
Haylah Swinton is an ace best friend, a loving daughter, and an incredibly patient sister to a four-year-old nutcase of a brother. Best of all, she’s pretty confident she’s mastered making light of every situation–from her mom’s new boyfriend to unsolicited remarks on her plus-sized figure. Haylah’s learning to embrace all of her curvy parts and, besides, she has a secret: one day, she’ll be a stand-up comedian star.

So when impossibly cool and thirstalicious Leo reveals he’s also into comedy, Haylah jumps at the chance to ghostwrite his sets. But is Leo as interested in returning the favor? Even though her friends warn her of Leo’s intentions, Haylah’s not ready to listen–and she might just be digging herself deeper toward heartbreak. If Haylah’s ever going to step into the spotlight, first she’ll need to find the confidence to put herself out there and strut like the boss she really is.

Rebecca Elliott’s hilarious and authentic narrative voice is sure to capture readers’ hearts as her plus-sized, teenage heroine navigates learning to love the body she’s in while dealing with friends, family, and boys.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book, I feel it really captured the feel of a first love. I loved Haylah, I thought she was well written and brilliantly funny. Her feminist approach to loving herself regardless of her struggles with her own body image was just perfect. Love yourselves ladies, you are beautiful. 

I really related to Haylah because I also turn to self deprecating humor and make fun of myself before anyone else can. I really saw myself in her. This book really explores the “you are your own worst critic”’ saying. You could really feel her internalized pain and how hard she was fighting with the image she has of herself more so than what others thought about her. 

I really loved the story arc in this, it was raw, realistic, and just a good read. I recommend this to anyone who has a teen daughter or is a teen themselves! 

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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