Book Review: "Such a Pretty Girl" by Laura Wiess

book cover of such a pretty girl by laura wiess

Meredith expected him to be gone for nine years.  That would have given her the time she needed to not only turn 18 but also to go off on her own.  She needed the chance to get away from the nightmares, the whispers and the stares.  But the parole board let him out after only three years.  So he is back.  Her father, the pedophile.  Her mother, unable to accept the truth, is thrilled he’s home again.  Meredith hopes that she might be strong enough to defend herself this time.

I picked up this book on a whim, struck by the cover and remembering how much I liked Ordinary Beauty by the author last year.  This starts off in such a way that I just couldn’t look away.  I was immediately drawn to Meredith, frightened by just how broken she was – and how she got to be that way.  She has developed survival instincts that she shouldn’t have had to and that broke my heart.  She also has some great friendships that help her get through her days.  Some of these characters have been developed a bit more clearly than others, but it all works pretty well together.  I truly admired and believed in Meredith’s strength and growth as the pages turned.  The whole story is hauntingly realistic, and is quite disturbing.  It is a very fast read, but certainly not forgettable.  Have some tissues ready though!

Such a Pretty Girl
by Laura Wiess
MTV Books, 2007
212 pages
Source:  Purchased New
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