Why You Should Read Pretty Baby: A Book Review

Pretty Baby Book Review
Pretty Baby Book Review: Seriously, Sarah?

I was eager to read Pretty Baby, since I had so thoroughly enjoyed Kubica’s first novel, The Good Girl.

The story begins with a charitable mother of woman, who lives in the heart of Chicago and works at a non-profit. On the public transportation system there, she notices a homeless teenage girl holding a baby. Both the girl and the baby are not properly dressed for the cool, spring weather. The charitable woman, Heidi, runs into the teenager two more times in a short time span.

All the while, the reader is privy to the thoughts of Heidi, the homeless teenager, Heidi’s husband, and even Heidi’s teenage daughter. The narration style lends itself to the slow unfolding of secrets or lets the reader see misunderstandings that the characters don’t see. My favorite part, though, is that not all of the storytelling is chronological. There is one character who is occasionally retelling her story to someone else, in the future, when hindsight is 20/20.

Who Should Try Pretty Baby?

People who enjoyed the twists, turns, and unpredictability of Kubica’s first thriller, The Good Girl.

If you haven’t read The Good Girl, but have liked any of the popular thrillers, Pretty Baby will be a definite winner for you.

If you want to try a thriller that isn’t too gory or scary, you can also start here.

Pretty Baby has a little something for everyone who enjoys anything about interesting storytelling or psychological thrillers.

I particularly enjoyed Kubica’s examination of the mind. Two characters went through what most people would consider to be an unrecoverable hells, but each reacted in a completely opposite ways, in my opinion. I’m interested to read what other people think!

You will be able to pick up a copy on July 28! Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads “Want To Read” List, so you’ll get the email notification!

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this novel, Pretty Baby, for a book review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Mr. Kiss and Tell: Calling ALL Veronica Mars Fans

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Rating: *****************************

Really, I would rate this 5+. If you are a huge Veronica Mars fan, Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell helps to continue to fill the void left by the prematurely cancelled series and the movie. Just like the first book that was released after the movie, this book is a great continuation of the storyline. I love that I can hear the characters’ voices in my heads as I read. Also, another bonus of the printed word, as opposed to network TV, the characters can use the more colorful language that actually fits with what feels more natural than the censored language used on TV. The witty quips and banter feels very natural.


This novel continues to follow the corruption in the Neptune Sheriff’s Department, of course. Veronica comes a little bit more into her own during this novel, when she is asked to investigate, instead of her father. I loved the character development of this novel because Veronica is a lot more introspective about her relationships, decision to become a PI, and her motives in investigating. In fact, you get a peak into Logan’s inner life at one point–something that has always been a little bit of a mystery.

Furthermore, the novel continues to reference the movie and episodes from the TV series. Since some of use have slightly rusty memories, the author is kind enough to remind the reader a little bit about how Veronica knows people. I love this incorporation!

The novel does not shy away from hard topics–there are prostitutes who are assaulted, Veronica’s own rape, life for military families, and strained relationships. So, while the novel is quick and engrossing read, it is not fluffy. Normally, I would assume that a novel that is an extension of a TV series would just be a try to capitalize on the popularity of the series and make money. This novel is not that, at all. It fills the void left by the ending of the story, plus the novel has substance, intrigue, and you’ll probably be really sad when it’s over because you will want a third book to move onto next! So, Mr. Thomas, please write us a third novel!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy on January 20!

If you haven’t read the first novel in the series, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, you can go on and read that. You have time 🙂

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Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an early copy of this novel for review. (Honestly, it was killing me to wait until January 20th!).

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