Parents' Guide to

Pretty Face

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bellisimo book about body image, Italian style.

Pretty Face Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+
i am an 18 year old young adult it was a PERFECT BOOK! not suitable for ages 15 and younger

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 13+
i love this book it was very good. it made me realize there is more beauty than just a pretty face.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (12):

Hayley is a funny, spirited character whom readers will quickly identify with. And the descriptions of the Italian countryside, from domestic scenes with her summer family to the special spot her Italian boyfriend takes her to, lend texture and magic to her story.

Readers may at times get tired of all the American bashing, even if a lot of it rings true. Toward the end of the book, for example, Hayley has dinner with a bunch of young Italian kids and is amazed at the sophisticated conversation they have about politics -- in English. Could any place be as ideal as the Italian world the author describes? Probably not. And her portrayal of shallow L.A. is a bit overblown, too: When Hayley arrives back at LAX, the conversations around her are all about nannies, plastic surgery, and agents. In the end, this may be a good book to give teens struggling with body image pressures (read: pretty much every teen). Hayley's journey to become a person living in her "perfect house of me" is both charming -- and inspirational.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate