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Such a Pretty Girl Paperback – January 2, 2007
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-- 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
Top Customer Reviews
I'm glad I did. Not only did the author convey the reality of the child's suffering, she gave us the effects on the community, the relatives and others. She has portrayed a very bad situation and shown us characters who are damaged and isolated by their experience, and shown us how some of them make it through the damage and out the other side. She shows us how some do not, or can only heal part way. It's about coping. And it was done beautifully.
This is one of those books that can effect a profound change on the reader.
Meredith isn't alone, though. She has her grandmother, the mayor of the town, who wants Meredith to move in with her to escape her father. She has Andy, her best friend, the guy she is in love with, who was also scarred by Meredith's father as a child. She has Andy's mother, who moved across the street from Meredith's family just to keep other children from the horror from which she couldn't protect Andy. She has Nigel, a retired policemen who has a plan to get Meredith's father back in jail and away from children. Even though Meredith is far from alone, she still feels that way when she can't even count on the people every kid is supposed to be able to count on: her parents.
Meredith wants to get her father back in prison. She wants her mother to go back to visiting him instead of having him in their house. She wants to be able to go into her own home without fear. She wants other kids to be safe, too. She doesn't know what that's going to take, and she's certainly not unafraid, but she isn't going to let him hurt her, or any other kids, again.
This moving, powerful novel is one that should not be missed. Once you start reading it, you won't be able to put this book down. I wasn't!Read more ›
The mother, besotted with her husband, and blind to her child's pain and the enormity of the crime that daddy dearest has committed against his flesh and blood, does nothing to help Meredith. Instead, she speaks inanely about their being a family again, disregarding her daughter's pain and suffering over such a concept. Meredith, now an older and wiser fifteen year old, has her own coping mechanisms that help her deal with both her mother and father's complete betrayal.
Moreover, since the mother is a total enabler, she gets him an apartment in the complex in which she and Meredith live and proceeds to invite him into their home in complete disregard of a court's directive. She does this despite the fact that one of the original arresting officers just happens to live in the complex, as well, and is well-aware of what is going on. This is where the story begins to fall apart, as the author's understanding of law enforcement and the criminal justice system with regards to pedophiles seems off the mark.
While this is an intriguing book with its up close and personal look at incest and pedophilia, it is flawed. Some of the book rings true, while some of it rings quite hollow. Consequently, there were parts that I liked and parts that I did not at all like.Read more ›
As often happens in our judicial system, he was paroled after serving only three years. Meredith's mother, who never forgave Meredith for ratting him out, was giddy with excitement to have her husband back. She had even found him a condo in her development. Meredith was both angry and terrified.
Meredith's mother improbably assumed that life would return to the way it was. She ignored the cardinal rule of her husband's release by leaving him alone with Meredith. Not to my surprise, he quickly began making sexual overtures toward her, while her mother publicly crowed about conceiving a child with him. She was the worst kind of enabler, who blamed Meredith for refusing to see her father.
Meredith had a support system, consisting of Andy, his uber-religious mother, her grandmother and a retired cop, but she realized that she would have to deal with her father on her own.
The ending, though improbable, was a gem, which took me by surprise. I recommend this book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers. Despite the subject matter, Ms. Weiss does not depend on explicit, gratuitous sex to make the story interesting. She allows her audience to read between the lines.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good. Due to the nature of the plot, I would not want to reread. It is a wonderfully written and dark book.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Granted it's a tough topic I didn't want to finish reading this book. I wanted to see what would happen to Meredith, her father and the plans unfolding.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Parker
This book had me turning pages and unable to put it down! Her writing style flows so easily and paints a perfect picture of the story . I can't wait to read the next one !! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pattie Lindsay
Really good read. I wish it would have been longer. I didn't like the end I wish it would have been more details.Published 2 months ago by Charity Riedlinger
Very intense book. But, enjoyed it. Have had some family issues in the past relatable to the story and glad I got to see one side of the situation. Read morePublished 4 months ago by raggedysam