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Pretty Is As Pretty Does: A Novel Paperback – Apr 22 2003


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (April 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743453522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743453523
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 254 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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I knew as soon as I laid eyes on Billy Lee here comes trouble, that's what I said to myself. Read the first page
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Format: Paperback
Instead of Eudora Welty's "Why I live at the P.O.," it could very well be Alison Clement's "Why I'm Leaving Palmyra." In a running first person dialogue, Palmyra resident, Lucy Fooshee, describes small town life from a very subjective point of view. While Lucy tells the story, her own blatant character flaws are humorously exposed.
As a result, we seem to enjoy loving or hating the vain, self-absorbed Lucy. Our strong reactions indicate that the main character has enough depth to actively engage the reader. By the end of the book, defenders of Lucy Fooshee are pleased to discover there are hints of her maturity on the horizon. Who knows? Perhaps someday Fooshee fans will find out if there's life for Lucy AFTER Palmyra.
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I read this book when it first came out in hardcover and I recently saw it in the bookstore in paperback. I love the cover! The hunky picture of Billy Lee will tickle your ovaries as you nod to yourself reading of Lucy Fooshee's predicament. Yes, her good looks and unruly passions have driven her life's actions. Her passionately ambitious ego needed to find a way for her to
shine amidst the humdrum predictability of the small town into which she was born and raised. Was she unconciously programmed to create the train wreck we could see coming for many chapters? Her life was not about the intellect or reason. She was not remotely sensible. She drove me crazy! My inner mantra as I read was "Don't do it! Don't do it!" It became hard to turn the page. But that was the fun of it, watching my own reaction to this woman who catches sexual fire and refuses to douse the flames. Then comes the power of transformation that probably required the train wreck to occur. I wonder if we can hope for a sequel with the new awakened Lucy. We get only a taste of her and I suspect those passions will continue to express themselves in new hopefully less destructive ways, but I'd like to know.
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Lucy Fooshee (Foo-SHAY, from the French she reminds us) is a teen beauty queen who had followed the conventions that she took in with her momma's milk and that have been reinforced by all of her experiences -- until she meets Billy Lee, an outsider in her small midwestern hometown.
In her own voice, Lucy documents her history, her situation, her perceptions and unwittingly her self-discoveries.
The story of Lucy Fooshee is readably colloquial and at times uncannily familiar! Any woman who has grown up in a small town will identify with Lucy's dilemma; in fact, anyone who has grown up will cheer Lucy on!
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By tturner on Feb. 6 2003
Format: Paperback
The story is about a hoocker that falls in love with a rich guy.The genre of this book is fiction.[Isabel Hernandez]
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By Brenn 10 on May 19 2002
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and hated to see it end. I absolutely love the writers style. It is a easy read with great flow. I look forward to more books by Allison Clement. Try it you won't be disappointed.
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By "jpmb" on May 14 2002
Format: Paperback
Allison Clements pulls off an amazing feat in her debut novel. She creates a character who is vain, selfish, and not particularly self-aware, lets her tell her story in the first person, and makes us cheer for her!
Even as some very predictable plot points come along, when the reader knows exactly what's going to happen and knows it will happen because of the character's flaws, we still hold our breath and hope it somehow will come out all right.
There's a lot of small town stuff that rings true in this amazing novel, and there's a great twist at the end that the reader WILL NOT see coming. There's also a sort of timelessness. Clements has carefully not cemented the story into a specific time or decade, so we can all feel as if it's part of our own life.
In the end, it's not about whether Lucy can get together with Billy Lee. It's about whether she will find out who SHE is. That journey turns out to be incredibly entertaining. This is a perfect summer book. A lot of fun and a great read.
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By A Customer on April 24 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book. A wise, observant story, heart wrenching, but funny. The main character is a young woman who, as the story begins, is an absolute narcissist. She is not an easy character to like but we find outselves on her side anyway.
This is a high spirited, sexy book. The writing smacks of Eudora Welty (not the sexy part) and you can't give a bigger compliment than that.
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By A Customer on April 22 2002
Format: Paperback
"Pretty is...." was pretty decent. I picked it up simply because the girl was from "Palmyra." I can honestly say...some of those people in the book really got on my nerves. But.....Lucy reaped what she sowed and they all went down because of it.
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