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Thirteen: the age Angie is when she is kidnapped on a Girl Scout camping trip. Sixteen: the age she is when she returns home, remembering nothing about the events of the past three years. This novel opens with a chilling account of her capture, and then moves forward to the present day, as Angie attempts to puzzle out what happened. But in order to protect herself from the trauma, Angie developed multiple personalities, each of whom served a specific role during her time in captivity—and they seem to be sticking around. There’s Girl Scout, the seemingly dominant personality, in charge of cooking and tending house at the cabin; Little Wife, the one who took over in the bedroom; Angel, always ready to physically defend Angie; and others. While Coley’s debut has its flaws—some of the plot surprises aren’t all that surprising and several threads feel superfluous—the psychology of dissociative identity disorder is fascinating, and teens will want to see if Angie can break down the self-contained compartments in her brain and incorporate all of her selves into a complete whole. Grades 9-12. --Ann Kelley


“Unflinchingly honest and brilliantly conceived. This book will haunt you.” (Lauren Myracle, New York Times Bestselling author of Shine and Bliss)

“It’s a harrowing journey with no shortage of creepy moments and imagery, and readers should be fascinated by Angie’s efforts to put her life and mind in order after years of abuse.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Chilling...fascinating.” (ALA Booklist)

“Readers interested in psychological explorations will appreciate and admire Angie’s struggles and journey.” (School Library Journal)

“Readers...will certainly find themselves emotionally involved in [Angie’s] story frombeginning to end.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“A story of survival and resilience that will haunt you long after you turn the last page.” (Cinda Williams Chima)

Product Details

  • File Size: 773 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006212739X
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOMTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Liz Coley writes fiction for teens and for the teen in you.

"Pretty Girl-13" from HarperCollins US and UK is available in eleven international translations and audiobook."There are secrets you can't even tell yourself."

Her first published work was science fiction short stories, published in Cosmos magazine and several anthologies. Self-published YA novel "Out of Xibalba" features a contemporary teenager thrown back to ancient Mayan times. "The story starts when the world ends."

Her latest "Tor Maddox" teen series, including short story prequel DISARMED, as well as UNLEASHED (1), EMBEDDED (2), and MISTAKEN (3) represents the lighter side of Liz.

Liz lives in Ohio, where she is surrounded by a fantastic community of writers, beaten regularly by better tennis players, uplifted by her choir, supported by her husband, teased by her teenaged daughter, cheered from afar by her two older sons, and adorned with hair by her cats Tiger, Pippin, and Merry.

Liz invites you to follow her @LizColeyBooks on Twitter and Instagram, like LizColeyBooks on Facebook, and explore her website at, where you can watch the book trailer, download editing tips, and read her confessional blog postings "Scenes from a Life."

Liz loves reading aloud.

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Format: Hardcover
Pretty Girl-13 is a chilling tale exploring the pain and sought after recovery of not a victim, but a survivor. Liz wrote a tremendously heart hitting story that will certainly leave you speechless.

I was extremely impressed by the writing and delivery.This book made me an emotional wreck. I was terrified of the events as Angela experienced them in what seemed like for the first time. And was excited for her as she started a new. I could kick my own butt now for ever deliberating whether or not I should read this book because of the themes it entailed but I'm so happy now that I made the decision to go through with it to the end.

Liz developed a story that not only touched my heart but made me want to learn more about the subjects she brought forth. I for one have never experienced such an ordeal and cannot begin to imagine or understand what this girl (or anyone) had gone through, but while I read I felt as if I was living out every scene in every graphic detail. I got angry when Angie did; I felt confused and questioned everything the way she did; And most of all, I related to the pain of being alone and sad when it seemed like her world was caving in. Like I said, I was all over the place with this one, emotion wise. But that doesn't mean I'm at odds with the author. It's quite the opposite. I admire her deeply for such an incredible work.

Angie was a very interesting main character, and that to me, is because she was embodied of so many other characters. I wasn't interested in any other due to the fact that I wanted badly to understand Angie and every single part of her. That was the most significant aspect of the story in my eyes and I'm satisfied with how well the author portrayed the purpose of these personalities.
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That was one messed up story. Woah. Pretty Girl-13 does not sugar coat anything or hold back at all. It's disturbing and completely unsettling. However, I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened to Angie during the time she was held captive in that cabin in the woods. I was also fascinated by the recovery process for Dissociative Identity Disorder. Angie remembers absolutely nothing from the three years she was missing thanks to her "alters" who stepped in to handle various aspects of her captivity. Now she's aware of them but she's afraid of what they'll have to say and what they'll make her do.

Pretty Girl-13 is very much a story about recovery from abuse and taking your life back. Yes, there's a mystery element as they try to figure out who took her and bring him to justice. But overall, the story is focused on Angie meeting her alters and coming to terms with them and what has been done to her. It's truly terrible, but there is a slight detachment for Angie since she was never present. It was overwhelming when her alters' memories came flooding into her, or when they left her notes to explain. What happened to her really made me sick. It's revealed piece by piece, and waiting for the whole picture was agonizing. Angie does try to go on with life as normally as possible, and I liked how she didn't let her parents dictate what was "right" for her. She's behind in school and has no friends. Attempting her rekindle her relationships from before was an interest aspect, but I found myself not caring much at times, since I thought the dialogue was really awkward. It's a minor thing given the overall intensity of the book.

The only thing that kept Pretty Girl-13 from being a perfect 5 stars was the subplot involving a previous abuse.
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I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up Pretty Girl-13. Rape is a topic I have not read about before and to be honest, it's a depressing subject. But, Liz Coley did manage to take something very tragic into something inspirational.

Angie was only 13 when she was kidnapped from the woods as she was camping with her Girl Scout friends. Only to turn up in front of her parents door step, 3 years later with absolutely no recollection or memory of what happened to her or how she made it back home. When her parents saw her, they thought they had seen a ghost. I mean, can you blame them - she was gone for three years. Quickly, her parents call the detective to let him know the great news. They take her to the hospital to get some tests done and pretty much a rape kit. They need to get whatever evidence they can since Angie doesn't remember anything. You would think that Angie's parents are super thrilled that she is back, but for some odd reason, her father is happy, but is acting all weird around her. I didn't get that part. Anyways, Angie starts her therapy and discovers that she has multiple personalities. According to her therapist, her mind came up with these alters to help her cope with the things she had to endure while she was captured. Sort of a way to protect her, which is the reason why she can't remember what happened during that time.

Overall, the story was really good, but I do have couple of issues that bothered me and sort of left me hanging. I am going to try to explain them without any spoilers. I expected a huge emotional scene after a HUGE revelation, but nothing happened. I understand that the story is more focused on the recovery of Angie, but it just didn't seem realistic. It's like they just brushed it off.
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