Friday, September 20, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway : Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans

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Not Pretty Enough

Author: Jaimie Admans
Date of Publication:
 August 1, 2013
Contemporary YA Comedy
Source: Author


“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?

***Not Pretty Enough is a contemporary young adult comedy suitable for ages thirteen and over.***

Book two in the series will be released early 2014.

Purchase link: Amazon

Welcome to our stop for the Not Pretty Enough tour.
 You can follow the rest of the tour HERE


I stare at the back of Lloyd’s shaggy brown hair as I follow him across the yard. He doesn’t know I’m following him, of course. I’m not even following him, not really. Not this time, anyway. Debs and I are just casually strolling across the yard towards the buses and he happens to be in front of us.

“Chessie!” Debs shouts at me just a second too late as I walk smack bang into the side of a bus.


Lloyd turns around at the sound of the clattering thunk I make.

Usually I like the sound of Lloyd’s laugh, but not today. Not when he’s laughing at me.

“You couldn’t have told me just a second earlier?” I ask Debs.

“Sorry,” she says. “I was talking to you and didn’t realise you weren’t listening until it was too late.”

Luckily the bus I’ve just walked into happens to be our bus, and I throw myself onto it with such force that I nearly come out the other side.

“You all right, love?” The driver asks. I ignore him and heave myself down into my seat with a huff.

I am all right. My boobs are so large they hit the bus before the rest of me did, otherwise I’d probably have a bruised face as well as the bruised ego. Once, just once, couldn’t these things happen to me when Lloyd isn’t watching? It’s not too much to ask, is it?

“Maybe if you spent more time watching where you were going and less time watching Lloyd, these things wouldn’t happen in front of him,” Debs says.

I hadn’t meant to say that out loud.
“But he’s just so… watchable.”

“I’m pretty sure he’s talkable to as well, you know, if you tried.”

The thing is, I have tried. Lloyd brings out the worst in me. He brings out the most nervous, clumsiest, downright embarrassing side of me that doesn’t even exist unless he’s in the immediate vicinity. Well, maybe it exists but it doesn’t show half as much if Lloyd’s not there.

My Review:

Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans was a super fun and sweet read. I loved reading about Chessie's adventures to capture the heart of the boy of her dreams. I have to admit that I'm not used to reading books where the MC is a fourteen year old teenager. I was very surprised by this book. I LOL in many occasions and Chessie was a wonderful character to follow. This book was a great read and I found myself turning the pages rather quickly, just to find out what she was planning next. We got to read about her dreams, her insecurities and how a fourteen year old girl sees the world. I loved it!

Oh Boy! Did anything ever go right for our sweet Chessie? I could not believe all the bad luck she was having! What she does to get Lloyd's attention... OMG!!! Freakin' hilarious!!! I found myself making scenarios in my head of what could happen with the situation she was creating, but then how it played out was totally different and much more worse. I felt so bad for her sometimes :( This book brought me back to my high school days when I used to doodle the name of my crush all over my agenda and notebook ... LOL!!! Ahhh! The good old days! ;)

This book has a winning combination of humor, beautiful friendships and a heroine that believes that nothing will get in her way of achieving her goals. The characters were very lovable. I was really happy for the lessons that Chessie learned. She really got an eye-opening experience!

My Rating:

I give Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans 3 1/2 funny and lovable stars! This book is mostly for a teen audience ,but I'm an adult and I liked every single page of it! I'm going to share this book with my nieces :)

About Jaimie Admans

Jaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She has been writing for years but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. Afterlife Academy is her third novel and she hopes you enjoy it. There are plenty more on the way!



  1. This does seem like a sweet book. I don't typically read such young characters, but Chessie seems like fun.
    Great review, Mikki!

  2. I agree. The book reflects perferctly on teen life.

    1. Everything in this book reminded me of my high school years ;)

  3. great review! i usually don't read this type of books but now i am interested :)

  4. Hi Mikki, sorry for the late reply, I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a lovely review and thank you for being a part of the blog tour yesterday!

  5. I am so excited to read this one!! It is on my TBR list!!

  6. This book sounds wonderful, can't wait to read it :))

  7. Great review I will diffidently check this book out <3

  8. I honestly haven't heard of this book, which surprises me because I typically know about most books that are available out there. But I am always excited to learn about new books especially when they are well received by those who review them. Thanks for bring this book to my attention! I will definitely put it in my ever growing list of possibilities to read based on what you said in regards to this book. Awesome review!


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