Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ("Really Liked It")
This is an gritty, raw book. Without getting too graphic, Such a Pretty Girl maintains an intensity and honesty in addressing the very real terror and fight for control of a young girl who has been raped by her father. The plot of the novel takes less than a week to unfold, as Meredith fights to regain control of her life, her body, and her identity when her pedophile father returns from prison. Though it packs quite a punch, it is not without hope or heart.
It has been a long time since I finished a book in under 12 hours because I just COULD NOT put it down. I am definitely interested in reading more by Wiess. There are layers to this book, full of symbolism & motifs that make it a rich read for adults who enjoy picking apart the literature.
Technically I found this book in the adult fiction section of the local bookstore, which brings up an interesting question of What makes a novel YA?. I would definitely warn students that it deals with a very emotional and powerful issue, but I think they would find Meredith's story awesome and inspiring. Not for younger readers, but definitely worth sharing with young adults.
Recommend: Yes but high school or older.
Topics Discussed: Sexual Abuse, Family Dynamics, Independence, Self-Respect
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