Friday, July 30, 2010

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

Published: January 2, 2007
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 212 pages
Copy provided by: Library
Summary: 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.

This was a quick read, something to break up my Supernatural book run.  I wanted to read something that was going to impact my emotions and really set me off.  This was it.  Such a Pretty Girl is not a light-hearted read.  This book is about a man who abuses his daughter, goes to jail and then is released back into her life again.  It was so painful to watch the lamb return to the wolves.  Not only does Meredith have to deal with the possibility of her father harming her again, but someone she should trust (her mother) is emotionally unavailable and does not see the potential for abuse.

Throughout the story, you see Meredith flashback to times when her life was innocent.  She had unconditional love for parents who were meant to protect her, and it was heart-breaking to see this thin veil torn away and turned into something ugly.  I found it interesting to watch the ENTIRE neighbourhood rally behind Meredith and do subtle things to provide protection for her or indicate that they did not approve of her mother and father.

This would be a great ISU read for someone who is a reluctant reader.  It is short with a big impact.  Another book that is about abuse which could be used for comparison would be Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.

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