- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: MTV (January 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416521836
- ASIN: B000WPMD08
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 179 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,860,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
prison six years early on good behavior.
The story was really disturbing: how could a father do that to his own daughter? And how could a mother side with her husband for committing such a heinous crime?
While, of course, the father's actions were sick, the mom in the story, Sharon, almost sickened me more. She is the kind of mother that should have never have a child if she wasn't willing to protect her. Not only did not not protect her, but she assisted in putting her into more danger.
I liked how the sub plot with Andy tied together at the end. It was a little strange to me that Andy was of age and Meredith was not, making their relationship legally inappropriate, yet their retired cop neighbor never said anything.
Sad that things like this have become more common, and I saw Meredith as brave. Though she feared her father, she stuck up for herself to him and to her mom who constantly defended him.
A quick read, and a good book for discussion.
What if your mother took his side, saw his rape a mistake?
What if she wanted to have another baby with him?
Meredith's father is back, much to her mother's delight. He may have fooled the parole board, but Meredith knows she isn't safe. Her neighbor, Nigel, a retired cop knows she isn't safe. Her friend Andy, another of his victims, knows he's just as dangerous. The system failed Meredith. Her parents failed Meredith. Meredith has to save herself.
Laura Wiess gave Meredith such an authentically heartbreaking voice. A survivor, still wounded and afraid the fifteen-year-old has been emotionally abandoned by her mother, even worse, blamed. I wanted to reach inside my Kindle and shake some sense into her mother. Unfortunately, mothers who side with their abusive husbands aren't just characters, they are very real. They sometimes even blame their daughters for being provocative, as if a child could be responsible for her own molestation.
SUCH A PRETTY GIRL is at times difficult to read. There are no easy answers, no quick fix. Wiess masterfully shows (not tells) the story, in heart thumping emotional detail. You won't forget Meredith.