Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Wendy White disappears after her shift at the local tavern in the very small town of Haeden, New York. In Haeden, everyone not only knows everyone else, but their business as well. Wendy was a very well balanced girl who had been on the swim team, loved her family, and was nice to everyone.

Flynn is a reporter who becomes obsessed with the story – convinced that Wendy is still in the town and that someone must know what happened to her. Alice Piper attends the same high school that Wendy did and knows her only by sight and reputation, as she is also on the swim team.

I strongly disliked So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman because I was completely baffled throughout the entire book. The chapters jump back and forth from past to present in no particular order. As an added bonus, each chapter is about a different character in the novel intermingled with evidence files from completely random people. I found the people and events extremely hard to keep up with.

Although the book is supposed to be about Wendy White’s disappearance and the events leading up to the discovery of her dead body, the reader hears nothing about what actually happened to her after she disappeared or even how she was killed. In fact, there are only two chapters that truly relate to her actual disappearance at all and both are less than a full page long. These chapters leave many more questions than they answer and don’t even appear until over half way through the story.

I rated So Much Pretty a 1 out of 5 on the grounds that I actually had to force myself to pick it back up each time. I was constantly flipping back and forth through the chapters to see if I could figure out what was going on and found most of the book completely irrelevant.

Rating: 1/5

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.