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review 2017-12-09 13:00
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
Pretty Girl-13 - Liz Coley

Trigger Warnings: Some are spoilers, so click if you want to know before reading the book.

Rape, Molestation, Abuse, Incest.

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There are a couple things I would change, but overall, this was a good, fast paced read.

 

 

Pretty Girl-13 was fascinating on a morbid level. Dark. Emotional. Gut-wrenching.

 

The segments with 2nd POV threw me for a loop as I did not understand them at first. They seemed weird and out of place. They also made me think there was something supernatural going on. I had no idea who or what was narrating those parts. Once I figured it out, it was an “ah-ha” moment and I enjoyed them. It gave the book a creepier vibe. Unimaginable some of the stuff those scenes showed us.

 

Sadly, I guessed almost all the twists. I was hoping so much that what I guessed was wrong, because it was not fun to know everything, ruining the mystery.

 

You should go into books like this blindly. I’m glad I did. I had no idea what to expect going in, only going by the vague synopsis. Once you know the gist of the plot, it wouldn’t be as engaging. Even knowing the twists, I still enjoyed reading them.

 

We learn about halfway through that something dark happened in Angie’s childhood, unrelated to the main plot, but explaining why Angie is the way she is. I did not like how this was resolved. Another thing that I did not like was how some of her former friends treated her. It is just not decent human behavior. It seemed highly unnecessary and I feel like if the characters were going to be like that, they shouldn’t be needed. I do get it, though. It was an excuse for Angie to take control and be strong, but I still could have done without it.

 

Angie’s friendship with Kate was a healthy one. A good one. I really liked it. There needs to be more girl love in books and not girls hating on girls. I also loved Angie’s relationship with Dr. Grant. Grant cared about Angie on more than a professional level.

 

Another person I liked was Detective Brogan, especially at the end, as they wrap up the case.

 

So much happened to Angie, it was almost too much. The girl never seemed to get a break, even the ending was bitter sweet. On one hand, I get why Angie did what she did, but on the other hand, I do not know if I could do it.

 

I think the ending will be one I’m never sure if I liked it or not.

 

There are also questions left unanswered, that only one person has the answer to and he can’t answer them now.

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review 2016-10-16 22:01
Such a Pretty Girl
Such a Pretty Girl - Laura Wiess

I actually threw this book and I am greatly sorry for it but this novel got under my skin. So yes, I totally enjoyed this novel and yes, I would highly recommend it, if this is a genre you read. Why? For starters this novel is real, this story is reality as it told the story as if they were your neighbors and this was not the edited version. There was no red bow at the end and there was no happy, sappy feeling in the middle that made me go “ahh!” I was furious and irritated and I wanted to reach inside this novel and knock some heads together. Yes, these are the people you read about in the paper and the people I yell at my husband about, these people should be shot and yet these people have children. There are people in the world who are dying to have children and they can’t and here we have people who have children and they treat them like this.  

 

She cringes when she thinks of her father. She is happy that he is behind bars finally and she feels free. It’s just the two of them, her mom and her, living together in an apartment. She also has Andy; he was in an accident years ago and now moves around in a wheelchair. Not sure what you would call this relationship but I feel that she clings to him. They are close, intimate close but I wouldn’t label it a girlfriend/boyfriend relationship. Because of his accident, she feels that he will always be there for her. One day, her mother has exciting news or at least she feels it is exciting news, her father is being released early. Bam, the novel is filled with emotions and they are intense and real, slamming into everything. Of course, the girl is upset for her father was the one who took away her childhood and the childhood of other children who were brave enough to speak up in court. Her father is a child molester and he is coming home. There are words spoken and mother is angry. It boils down to this, mother is choosing her husband over her child, and the words that spew out of her mouth towards her daughter shock me and make me want to grab this young girl and run. I’m angry now just writing this, this book is a work of fiction yet I am upset just thinking that this does occurs in the real world and mothers abandon their children as they cling to their men. Their town doesn’t like her father and she knows it and she doesn’t fight the words or the attitude that they cast towards him, she understands their position.   She’s a sassy one but she has a reason to be.   I was pulling for her…..all the way through the novel.

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text 2014-12-29 02:37
Book Haul That I Really Didn't Need Part II
The Museum of Extraordinary Things - Alice Hoffman
Pretty Girl-13 - Liz Coley
This is Not a Test - Courtney Summers
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo,Leigh Bardugo
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die - April Henry
Madapple - Christina Meldrum

Not including books I got for Christmas...I'm kinda drowning in new books right now but I love it. :)

 

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman: A mystery surrounding a freak show. Might be good to read during the American Horror Story hiatus! 
 
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley: About a 16-year old girl who has spent the last three years held captive by her kidnapper and doesn't remember anything about that time and is trying to get her memory back. I've heard this is pretty dark and disturbing, which only intrigues me more!
 
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: A group of teens are trapped in a high school during the zombie apocalypse. I think this one is supposed to be a horror novel, but it looks like it also deals a lot with the trapped kids and their pasts, so I think it'll be interesting.
 
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: I've heard soooo many people rave about this book/series, and for the longest time I wasn't really interested. But I think all the Song of Ice and Fire I've been reading has me craving more fantasy, so I'm giving this a shot. It has some concepts that I think I'll like -- magical elite, a country torn in two, flesh-eating monsters.
 
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry: A girl wakes up in a cabin, totally confused as to why she's there, and hears two men arguing over whether or not they should kill her. Apparently I'm into kidnapping books at the moment.
 
Madapple by Christina Meldrum: Don't know too much about this, except it deals with a girl who is accused of killing her mother and a cult. Cults fascinate me, so hopefully I like this one.
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review 2014-11-21 19:14
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
Pretty Girl-13 - Liz Coley

Publication: March 19, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

 

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Goodreads Summary: "When thirteen-year-old Angela Gracie Chapman looks in the mirror, someone else looks back--a thin, pale stranger, a sixteen-year-old with haunted eyes. Angie has no memory of the past three years, years in which she was lost to the authorities, lost to her family and friends, lost even to herself. Where has she been, who has been living her life, and what is hiding behind the terrible blankness? There are secrets you can’t even tell yourself.

With a tremendous amount of courage and support from unexpected friends, Angie embarks on a journey into the darkest corners of her mind. As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: when you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the people responsible, or is there another way to feel whole again?"

 

This is such a thought-provoking and impactful read. 

I enjoyed how much it focuses on Angie's mind and the psychological aspects of being a kidnapping victim. It is definitely not sugarcoated.

 

Angie's situation is brutal, and it was hard to read at times. I felt a lot of emotion and sympathy for her and her story.

I like how raw and real the book is. Liz Coley definitely did her research and I found all of the psychology elements to be fascinating.

 

Even though there were not any huge, surprising twists, Angie and the reader go through a very intense journey.

The writing is interesting. The book deals with Angie having multiple personalities. There are some parts of the book written from these personalities. It is a little disorienting and times and hard to figure out. While I admire the writing style, it was hard to get into. I wasn't totally drawn into the story because of the writing style.

 

There is not any real romance, but Angie does have to deal with going back to school after 3 years of being gone. Her struggles are heart-breaking, but it is nice to see how she develops and which characters are there to help her.

Even with everything happening to her, Angie has a bright personality and I was always rooting for her.

 

The ending is slightly open-ended, which is frustrating. However, it is not the type of story that can really end. Angie and her family will have to deal with everything that happened for the rest of their lives. It's hard to have a cut and dry ending.

 

This story is really disturbing at times, but it will stick with me. Angie's mind fascinated me and I felt emotion and hope for her. This is definitely a story that will trouble you, but also make you think!

 

 

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review 2014-11-02 00:00
Such a Pretty Girl
Such a Pretty Girl - Laura Wiess Because of the subject matter Such a Pretty Girl was hard to read and I found myself setting it down to take breathers while reading. I liked Mer and Andy's characters and relationship. I HATED the mother as much as I hated the father. I wish there was some sort of poetic justice that the mother faced along with the father. Overall, the book was well written and although the subject matter is hard to read it's real and raw and left me and meant to leave you feeling uncomfortable.
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