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With her father imprisoned, 15-year-old Meredith thinks she could live out her high-school days safely, but when he is released early for good behavior, her security is shattered. A popular youth baseball coach, her father has abused Mer as well as other boys and girls. With strict orders that he not be left alone with his daughter, he is returned to the condo complex where she and her mother live. In contrast to Mer's terror, her mother is giddy with delight at his return, and together the reunited couple plans to conceive another child. Yet in the shadows and stillness, Mer's nightmare begins anew. This is a gritty, terrifying novel about a father's abuse of power and trust, and the way two different teens, Meredith and her paraplegic friend, Andy, deal with that reality. Although not explicit, the novel is honest in its telling. Admittedly sensational, Wiess' story is a page-turner that ultimately sends a startling message of empowerment that, while improbable, is extremely satisfying. Frances Bradburn
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"Such a Pretty Girl is deep and ravishing, dark and true. In the character of Meredith, Laura Wiess has created a girl to walk alongside Harper Lee's Scout and J. D. Salinger's Phoebe. Read this novel, and you will be changed forever."
-- Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author
"Such a Pretty Girl hooked me on page one and Laura Wiess's masterful prose kept me turning the pages. This is the first book in a very long time that made me say, 'Wish I'd written this.'"
-- Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Crank
"Beautifully written and painfully real. Laura Wiess has crafted a gripping story that is heart-rending -- and important, with a capital 'I'."
-- Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Flirting with Pete
I don't normally like books when it is about sexual abuse of children. Or to be honest, I really don't read books in general, but I could not put the book down until I finished... Read morePublished 2 months ago by katrina
I hate endings, but this book has everything that keeps you reading! Ending... The best! I love the book! It has everything I ever asked for! Definitely recommend!Published 2 months ago by WR
Thus was a good book. Maybe if it were a little longer do things were more fleshed out and the ending less rushed, it would be better. But powerful.Published 3 months ago by Lizzy Burson
One of the most inspiring, hopeful books I've read. Such a strong and courageous story and main character. Must read!Published 3 months ago by Tim Jarvis
Reading this book tore into my heart. From the beginning I was hooked. Meredith is a very strong character. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Poisonous Mona
A nightmare for a child to go through but this book tells how she's also a fighter and a winner. Sadly this is a true story for a lot of young children. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kim Gayheart