Friday, June 1, 2007

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

15-year old Meredith learns that three years in prison has not changed the abusive father who raped her. Now he is getting out and coming home. Meredith wants to run away, but she can't leave her father free to abuse other children. I couldn't put this one down. It is a well written, suspenseful and disturbing read. I give it a yay.


At June 5, 2007 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Anne Keller said...

Read this one a while ago too. Was okay. I will give it a maybe.

Anne Keller

At June 12, 2007 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Patty said...

I didn't like this one at all. I thought it really was an unlikely scenario--with the mom being so unwilling to protect her daughter and the dad being such an obvious lech that he'd be allowed to be anywhere near his daughter again. Maybe it does happen in real life, but it just seemed contrived to me. I give it a NAY!

At June 12, 2007 at 9:10 PM , Blogger Iris said...

I described this book to a friend tonight and she asked me how I could possibly read it. Of course I can read it, I told her, its like watching a train wreck! Nothing like sexual danger to keep a gal reading.

Halfway through, however, I was feeling rather tired of the sick little flashbacks and the drunk boyfriend, so I skidded to the end just in time to see the Clockwork Orange-esque deneumont. Our heroine manages to clean up all the loose ends in her life very neatly, and in a violent, ultimately satisfying way.

Like many MTV novels, this is a pulpy thriller with literary aspirations. Perks of Being a Wallflower, now with more sex and violence! I think it might be more for the young college set than high school, but it has book-group appeal, so maybe.

At June 15, 2007 at 7:37 AM , Blogger Katie said...

Yes, it is a glossy MTV book. Yes, the plot devices may seem a bit too unlikely.
It is a book that may be hard to suggest to a wide audience.
But, I thought it dealt with fear, shame, and terror in a way that would speak to teens. I'll say YAY.

At January 21, 2008 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Deb Motley said...

I agree with what everyone said, both the positive and negative. I couldn't stop listening (audiobook, obviously), and it was disturbing, and as Patty said, pretty unlikely. Ultimately, I negative wins. I give it a NAY.


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