Such a Pretty FaceSuch a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such A Pretty Face is the story of Stevie Barrett, a woman trying to find her true self after a traumatizing childhood and enduring life-changing events as an adult. The story is told from Stevie’s point of view and it flips back and forth between the present and her childhood. Two years after having a heart attack at thirty-two, Stevie Barrett is trying to gain a new perspective on life now that she has lost over two hundred and fifty pounds. The problem is that her childhood has had a major impact on how she has lived her life up to this point. Her past follows her like a shadow because she has not found a way to cope with it due to life with her unstable family.

What’s most amazing about this book is the fact that almost all of the characters have a serious issue affecting them and those around them but the author portrayed this in such a way as to not overburden the reader. It is what you would expect to find behind the public persona of a family that has been dealt a major tragedy but has not been allowed to heal from it.

There are moments in this book that wrench your heart and others that make you laugh out loud. Cathy Lamb makes you feel for the characters and hope for the best for each of them. There is at least one character in this book that every reader can identify with. It makes you wonder what is beneath the surface of those around you who seem to have it all figured out.

There is not enough I can say about Such a Pretty Face to convey the depth of emotion it inspires. Read it…you will smile at the end.

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