Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. With her father imprisoned, year-old Meredith thinks she : Such a Pretty Girl eBook: Laura Wiess: Kindle Store. Laura Wiess. Welcome to the Asylum. Such a Pretty Girl. “Tough, darkly humorous, yet achingly vulnerable. A nail-biter of an ending.” — Kirkus starred review. The Such a Pretty Girl Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and.

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This book deals with usual issues, like rape, abandonment and incest. This wrecks havoc in Meredith’s life especially since her mother has never considered her father to be a child molester she believes that it was a mistake and that they should forget about it and move on. Our wounded, kicked-puppy gazes attract sly predators and we sell ourselves for clearance sale prices, mistaking screwing for caring.

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As soon as Meredith sees her father again she knows that nothing has changed. She was promised nine years of safety, but received only three: Meredith puts herself at risk but emerges unscathed, and the possible grave consequences are nearly unmentioned.

He’s paralyzed from the waist down because of an accident in high school. The abuse I can handle; prettty the happiness that cripples. Meredith counts wall tiles and vitamin pills, but she also willfully confronts her mother with her father’s abuse: Traumatized teen fights for her emotional and physical well-being when her child-molester father is released early from prison.

She was promised a sentence of nine years but he’s home in three and back to the same abuse. This almost ignored the abuse so gkrl that all you could think about was the abuse. It was that w. I’ll start by saying that I was struck by the similarities between this novel and my spring book Chasing Tail Lights. Meridith’s harrowing story is compulsively readable, but it’s too short and the secondary characters and plotlines don’t receive enough attention.


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Now that he’s out, even on parole, she abhors the idea of seeing him, doesn’t believe for a second his claims of reformation, and is determined no one else will ever suffer at his hands the way she did again. I am gonna keep this sort and sweet. Honestly though, How It Ends by Wiess is so much better than this one so I would recommend that one over this one. Paige Bookdragon I think 15 years and above is appropriate.

In my opinion, the was no reason for Andy to be 19, he could have easily been 17 or something and the I wanted to like this book, I really did, but I just had some major problems with it. And now he’s back. She might as well have been named Snidely Whiplash for how well she was portrayed — if she had had a mustache, she surely would have twirled it while cackling and tying Meredith to the railroad tracks.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. She thought her father would be locked away for nine years. I would recommend this to people who enjoy contemporary young adult fiction especially novels that deal with the darker subjects. He made a mistake!

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The romance is believable: I am a social worker. Unfortunately, this book has neither, and too readily descends into pathos and self-importance. 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. We binge, purge, sleep around. I know this book deserves more than 3 stars and i would definitely have given it more had i not read “How It Ends” before this one.


The book is loaded with creepy moments the father touching Mer’s back a I’ll start by saying that I was struck by the similarities between this novel and my spring book Chasing Tail Lights.

Meredith has no close girlfriends her own age and the only responsible female adult in her life is her grandma because her Mom is just plain crazy. I know it’s one of mine now! She doesn’t take the easy way out rather she fights it.

She has Andy, her best friend, the guy she is in love with, who was also scarred by Meredith’s father as a child. This is the first book in a very long time that made me say, ‘Wish I’d written this.

Worse and more preyty is the issue of Meredith’s proactive solution to the threat posed by her father. Not Andy’s religious mother, not the retired cop, no one, and that was very unsettling to me.