September 20, 2013

Page 99 Test: Not Pretty Enough

Page 99 Test (for reference my first was here, this is my fourth). 
This test was created by Ford Madox Ford. The test makes complete sense- 99 pages is often about a quarter/third of the way through (give or take a little percentage of the novel).
Today, however, I am testing a kindle book so perhaps its more like the 'randomly drag the location bar on your kindle until you think you've chosen a fair bit of the book less than half, and roughly a third...
Yup. That's my method. I was thinking of doing it properly with maths but that's just not doing it for me & would also mean it's very close to halfway through. That's just not cutting it.

Was RELEASED 1st August!
Not Pretty Enough is a contemporary YA comedy suitable for ages 13+

“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?
What Amy Thinks
I've got to admit that I'm surprised it gives little reference to things mentioned in the synopsis- it's made me think:
a) Over-dramatic blurb right there. I bet Lloyd is really not boyfriend material! But even so, did she wrap herself in a web of lies? How spoilery was that?
b) Umm, oh well? If anything, Chess' was wrapped in a web of klutz... All the best people have those moments frankly!
Really, she's just being an average girl. Taking dislike to one guy and loving another, but kicking his ass when he deserves the wallop.
Chessie is clearly down to earth but isn't entirely "earth knowledgeable". If she was, she'd probably try and - scratch that, mothers just love Primark. Anyway, you've got to know her mother, you also get to know her crush who clearly is... Lloyd. You may not know what's implied by that name but I can inform you: the only Lloyd I've ever encountered was tall, a bit of an idiot and charismatic, sometimes in that whingey way, too. Is the first step realizing that Lloyd is a cloud with a dim lining?
I do want to know the circumstances involving an apparently punctured trainer, and Lloyd's scratched foot.

Extract sampled (filling in for the 99th page):
Not Pretty Enough (Kindle Locations 1608-1623).
Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike Darren? It’s not that he’s overly horrible, it’s just that he’s completely indifferent. Like Lloyd, but less hot.
Lloyd goes to pick up his bag and leave when he sees me, which is very unlike Lloyd because this old archway is his territory.
“Wait,” I call, running up the steps and almost tripping over my own feet.
Almost. That’s an improvement.
“I hope you know that I can barely walk today because of you,” Lloyd says to me.
“What? It was just a scratch.”
“It hurts.”
“Oh, don’t be such a baby.”
Lloyd looks quite surprised. Nowhere near as surprised as I am. Did I really just say that to Lloyd Layton? That’s the sort of thing I would say to Ewan or Debs, certainly not to Lloyd Layton.
Debs snickers behind me.
I glance at his feet. He has on trainers that are clearly brand new. I wish I had money like that. If I got a javelin through my trainers, my mother would either patch the hole up with sticky tape or buy me a pair of three quid plastic plimsolls from Primark.

A light dusting of humour there, some good character introduction and things to read the book for the whole picture. Oh and, Chessie, sometimes a hot guy needs his ego crushing. Atta girl.

What do you think? Has it intrigued? Caused a LOL perchance? Primark or Prada?
By the way, I would be interested in the answers to only 3/4 of those questions.
(Hint: 2 of them can be answered with 'YES' and if they were... Look!
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Enjoy reading,
Amy Bookworm x

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Amy! Glad you enjoyed the Kindle 'page 99'! :D

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