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Such a Pretty Girl (2007)

by Laura Wiess

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Haunted by flashbacks, fifteen-year-old Meredith learns that three years in prison has not changed the abusive father who molested her.
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I enjoyed the writing - the author has a way with adjectives and descriptions - but the narrative was choppy and left a lot of what I felt was important information out. This information seemed to have been omitted to give the reader to feel more for the victims rather than the dad but I would have liked to have both sides of the story or at least a little more background on everyone.
This book was very depressing, though. It's from the POV of a notorious pedophile's daughter. We don't get the full story of what happened before the narrative but you do learn a bit about how he lured his victims through the narrator's own memories/flashbacks. Andy, another victim and the narrator's best friend/boyfriend, lived in the same complex though we don't learn that much about him. The arresting officer also lives in the same complex. The town much be very, very small or this is an unrealistic coincidence. An actual town is never mentioned.
I wouldn't recommend this book, but I felt that the writing was enough to keep me interested in a type of book/subject matter I have both very little experience and interest in. ( )
  brittaniethekid | Jul 7, 2022 |
It was a very quick easy read. Similar to Crank and other stories like that. Sad, upsetting and makes you uneasy. I do wish it was meatier and grittier but I suppose it was enough. Great story. ( )
  smooody106 | Jul 28, 2020 |
Chilling narrative style, and a big hit with my reluctant readers. ( )
  Kaytron | Feb 28, 2017 |
Narrated by Angela Rogers. Fifteen-year-old Meredith dreads the return of her father after three years in jail. She thought she was safe from his sexual abuse but he’s out on good behavior. Her mother is thrilled by his return, excited to have the family together again and dismissing his transgressions as simply mistakes. Only Meredith can see he hasn’t changed. Despite the emotional support she gets from her grandmother; her cop neighbor Nigel; and her boyfriend Andy, another of her father’s victims, Meredith knows only she can be the one to stop her father from preying again and get him put away for a long time. The audio narration reflects Meredith’s deep-seated anger, fear and paranoia. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This was a dark, gut-wrenching book focusing on a horrific issue. Fifteen-year-old Meredith was a very sympathetic character, hard as nails on the outside, but on the inside she was broken, hurting and full of fear. I just wanted to hug her and find a place for her where she felt safe. Her parents, I loathed passionately! Her father, obviously, for his sick abuse, and Meredith's mother for being so shallow and refusing to believe her daughter. When she told Meredith that her father had "just made a mistake" I wanted to slap her, hard!! In fact, the only adults I liked were Nigel, the cop on the case, and her maternal grandmother. At least Meredith's welfare was their number one concern. However, there was something missing in this book. At times I was put off by the revolting creepiness of the father, and I felt that the dialogue didn't always ring true. Also, the ending came abruptly and was just too contrived for my liking. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
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To Chet, who made a quiet wish and got way more than he bargained for. I'm so glad.
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They promised me 9 years of safety but only gave me three. Today my time ran out.
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