A must-read for young feminists, The Prettiest is an incisive, empowering novel by Brigit Young about fighting back against sexism and objectification.
THE PRETTIEST: It’s the last thing Eve Hoffmann expected to be, the only thing Sophie Kane wants to be, and something Nessa Flores-Brady knows she’ll never be . . . until a list appears online, ranking the top fifty prettiest girls in the eighth grade.
Eve is disgusted by the way her body is suddenly being objectified by everyone around her.
Sophie is sick of the bullying she’s endured after being relegated to number two.
And Nessa is tired of everyone else trying to tell her who she is.
It’s time for a takedown. As the three girls band together, they begin to stand up not just for themselves, but for one another, too.
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020
About the Author
Brigit Young, born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has published poetry and short fiction in numerous literary journals. She is a proud graduate of the City College of New York, and has taught creative writing to kids of all ages in settings ranging from workshops at Writopia Lab to bedsides at a pediatric hospital. Brigit is the author of the middle grade novels Worth a Thousand Words and The Prettiest. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters.
“A compelling and topical narrative that leaves its characters—and readers—stronger and wiser.” —Booklist, starred review
“A novel that addresses issues of bullying, sexism, objectification, and harassment while equally centering empowerment, the bonds of friendship, and self-acceptance. Highly recommended.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“A sensitive story about sexual harassment and bullying, with a feel-good ending.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Written using language that middle schoolers will find relatable, Young conveys a timely message about bullying and sexism, digging beneath the surface to show her protagonists’ intelligence, distinct talents, and misguided preconceptions.” —Publisher's Weekly
“While the revenge plot and the mystery of who’s responsible keep pages turning, the novel considers . . . the role and the value of physical appearance from a number of angles, helped by the diverse characters’ varying attitudes and levels of naivete. A conversation starter.” —Horn Book
“I am so glad The Prettiest will be in the world for both my daughter and my son . . .This book is a hug and a high-five.” —Kate Milford, New York Times–bestselling author of Greenglass House
“A terrific middle grade story about sexism and objectification. All middle school girls AND boys (especially boys!) should read this book.” —Alan Gratz, New York Times–bestselling author of Refugee
“This is an important book that isn't afraid of tackling tough problems. I absolutely loved it!” —Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie
“A remarkable, important gem of a novel, this story should be required reading for middle schoolers of any gender.” —Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
“The Prettiest is heartbreaking, inspiring, and funny at the same time—like middle school itself. Add this one to your reading list!” —Lynne Kelly, author of Chained and Song For a Whale
“I cheered for these three 8th grade girls as they learned that nobody is just one thing. Standing up for yourself and others can be hard, but with friends at your side, it can be done. An empowering read!” —Debbie Michiko Florence, author of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter
“An honest, engaging and heartfelt look at how the communities we choose to build can—and do—shape us.” —Lindsay Lackey, author of All the Impossible Things