Thursday, January 5, 2012

Such a Pretty Girl Review

Title: Such a Pretty Girl
Author: Laura Weiss
Number of Pages: 212
Genre: YA Contemporary
 Publisher: MTV Books
Publication Date: January 2, 2007
My Edition: Bargain Book Paperback
Reading Level: Young Adult
Bought From: Amazon
Author's Website:

Summary from Goodreads: 
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.
Such a Pretty Girl surprised me in many waysaltogether it was a powerful story about a teenager who is just trying to live and survive in a world with the father, who sexually abused and harassed her, once he is let out of prison six years earlier than she expected. It definitely surprised me by how much I was disturbed and disgusted by the little acts of unwanted affection Meredith's father displayed towards his daughter. I could never imagine being in that type of situation, which is one reason I love literature because it transports you to a world where you can experience the emotions of the characters you read about, without having to live them for yourself. I, however, would never wish this upon anyone to go through her type of situation, and I feel so sorry for those who have experienced this situation firsthand.

The story can easily be read in one sitting, which I tried to do, but it was hard to do so when the father just kept creeping me out so much. It is a very short book with very few characters and hardly any external plot going on but does have a lot backstory and underlying details that make the story very good but hard to enjoy because of the tough topic. Meredith was a strong female character who stood up for herself and had the support of her neighbors to do so, which without the love and support from them, she might not have ever been able to get out and most likely would have been abused again.

Overall Such a Pretty Girl turned out to be a novel that wasn't exactly fun or pleasant to read, but one where it tells an important tale of a strong girl who would not stand to be mistreated or abused again by her father or mother. This is the second book I have read by Laura Weiss, and I look forward to reading more of her books! Especially Ordinary Beauty which came out this past summer.



  1. It sounds very powerful. I'm not sure if this is going to be read by moi, but it's still one to look out for in the bookshop/store. :) Great review.

  2. I remember hearing about this last year, but I wasn't sure if it would be too creepy to read. Sounds like it might be a good one to borrow before buying.

  3. Read this book and it was absolutely fabulous. I have to disagree with Adrienne here, the book itself is an enjoyable one its the acts that are committed that can make one feel sick, angry, and sad on behalf of Meredith. Despite what she's gone through, Meredith keeps her head up and thinks fast even under pressure. She makes funny sarcastic comments that save this book from being too dark and the ending shows how much promise and hope is in her future. I strongly encourage people to read this, they won't regret it

  4. This book is fabulous. Even though it is very sad what happened to Meredith, she is a trooper and keeps finding ways to make it to the top.This book isn't too depressing or dark because its peppered with humorous, sarcastic comments from Meredith. You'll want to keep reading to find out what happened to her and to the other characters.I strongly encourage people to read this book for its inspiring message and smooth prose.

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