Such a Pretty Girl (Laura Wiess)

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They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three. Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison. Today her time has run out.


A lot of things really irked me about this book. Not the subject matter, though. No, it was more than that for me. My first problem started with one of the main characters. Meredith’s mother.

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What in the ever loving hell is wrong with this mother? How could she be so inconsiderate, selfish, and dense? Is this a typical thing? I really hope not. As a mother, this is something I cannot stand for. Neglect. That’s how I see this whole thing. The ending of the book have the mother just what she had coming. I wish it would have been more.

Also, In what kind of world does a pedophile get THREE years of prison? After their daughter admits to the things he does? IN court? What kind of world is this book taking place in? Not to mention the amount of time we spend reading about this girl running away. Constantly. Every chapter she is running away. Where is this child’s help? Why would you want someone to run away so much? Once or twice will suffice, I promise.

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The plus side of Such a Pretty girl was how strong the dialogue was. It was intense and realistic but other than that, this book had nothing to offer to me. Nothing but an urge to help this child who’s mother clearly wouldn’t. Also, it’s a very short book that packs a huge punch that most readers might struggle with.

I really just felt like the author provided poor plots and situations. In turn, the characters make poor decisions and choices. And then everything was just lost to me. Pointless. I can think of at least four other ways this book could have went.

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