Pretty

Bebe Baker is an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex-drug addict, ex-pretty girl.

It’s been one year since the car accident that killed her boyfriend left her scarred and shaken. Flanked by an eccentric posse of friends, she is serving out a self-imposed sentence at a halfway house, while trying to finish cosmetology school. Amid the rampant diagnoses, over-medication, compulsive eating, and acrylic nails of Los Angeles, Bebe looks for something to believe in before something–her past, the dangerously magnetic men in her life, her own bad choices–knocks her off course again.

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Praise for Pretty

Pretty is the not-so-pretty, utterly riveting, non-stop frantic and compulsively readable saga of Bebe Baker, a heroine who knows her way around a serious binge. The prose, at times, drives with such ferocious urgency that the words seem not so much written as willed onto the page. Pretty stands out as a triumph of survival testimony.


—Jerry Stahl

Pretty is the real deal, a harrowing journey from darkness to light to real life. Bebe's unflinching, street-level search for salvation absolutely floored me, and Jillian Lauren's writing shimmers throughout with wit and authenticity.


—Antoine Wilson, author of The Interloper

Jillian Lauren writes with stunning, furious authenticity about self-destruction and the bitter road toward redemption. Pretty will knock the breath right out of you.


—Janelle Brown, author of This is Where We Live

“Bebe’s in-your-face voice is one of the novel’s strengths… At times Bebe is maddening, but in Ms. Lauren’s skilled hands, she never stops being heart-wrenchingly sympathetic.”


NY Journal of Books

Lauren's novel is well-crafted, quick, and absorbing...


Publisher's Weekly

Jillian Lauren’s writing has a velvety, visceral edge that compliments her beautifully descriptive prose that is guttural in its realism, yet soothing in its familiarity. Lauren is a truly gifted writer with the voice of a street-wise angel.


Pretty is tragically-heartbreaking, determinedly-inspiring and masterfully-written. As it was with her first book and memoir: Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, Lauren’s fictional debut proves, yet again, that she has what it takes to leave an indelible mark.


—Renee C. Fountain, Book Fetish

...this hard-edged coming-of-age tale will find an audience on both sides of the adult-YA divide.


— Michael Cart