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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess. 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 giro coming home from prison.

Today her time has run out. Paperbackpages.


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Paige Bookdragon I think 15 years and above is appropriate. But if a years old is mature enough to understand this, then it’s okay. This one is a bit dark and …more I think 15 years and above is appropriate.

This one is a bit dark and heavy to tackle. See 1 question about Such a Pretty Girl…. Lists with This Book. Jul 16, Jamie L rated it did not like it Recommends it for: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. View all 15 comments.

Nov 21, Kelsie rated it really liked it Shelves: Although this book deals with a dark and demented issue, its style, readability, and theme of justice made it impossible for me to put down. Meredith, a year-old girl, was promised nine years of protection from the government when her father was charged with molesting and raping her when she was 12 years old.

Her father was sent to prison and was supposed to be locked up until Meredith was 18 and legally free from her father’s guardianship. But to Meredith’s horror, he is released after only Although this book deals with a dark and demented issue, its style, readability, and theme of justice made it impossible for me to put down.

But to Meredith’s horror, he is released after only three years for “good behavior. He is not the type of offender who wants to change – he is a pedophile who truly believes he loves children boys and girls and can’t keep his hands off, regardless of what the law says. Meredith finds herself in an almost impossible situation: This gripping story will have you not only disgusted by the degrading acts of incest, pedophilia, and child molestation, it will also have your heart enraptured in rooting for Meredith as she heroically attempts to fight for herself and all other child molestation and rape victims.

This book, though a difficult subject, realistically portrays the evil that too many children encounter in our society: Though this entire book could not be taught in the classroom, it is a good resource for teachers and students to read in order to have at least some sort of understanding of the horror that molestation and rape victims face and have to deal with.


I think that excerpts could definitely be used in the classroom. This book could also be used to discuss the justice system’s procedure in handling child sex offenders.

Also, Meredith’s mother turns a blind eye to Meredith’s father and refuses to see that his actions were done by choice, not by mistake. This book could be used to explore the real-life cases and consequences of those who choose to turn a blind eye to the evils in society and accept the wrong done by others and the destruction it causes in a family, community, and society.

Jul 11, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: But he’s paroled in only three, when Meredith is 15, and, because Meredith’s selfish, narcissistic mother wants her husband back, he sets about working his way back into Meredith’s life and continuing where he left off.

Let’s just get one thing out of the way: First of a year-old Meredith’s father is sent to prison for nine years for raping her repeatedly. Nowhere but Bizarro World — I don’t care what kind of psychiatric testimony the guy presented. And parole after three years? For sex with your year-old? Not anywhere in America, certainly. And finally, there would be no way in hell that the guy would be allowed anywhere near his minor daughter after his parole. Just no way in hell — it would probably be a condition of his parole that he not get within yards of her, much less live in the same condo development.

But that’s just what he does here. Please don’t leave comments saying, “You’re wrong! There’s more than just a suspension of disbelief problem here — by presenting such an unbelievable story, Wiess sensationalizes her subject.

Let’s put that aside, though, and make believe, for the sake of argument, that the wildly unbelievable plot is actually chock full of verisimilitude.

Wiess is on a mission, and she will never let us forget it for one second. And as with all writers whose mission overcomes their craft, her writing has an unfortunate tendency to become melodramatic and, even worse, overly expository. Long passages describing the effects of sexual abuse don’t really do much to advance your story, even when they’re disguised as inner monologues. And Meredith’s mother, a figure of pure evil and nothing more, actually has dialog like, “”We’re supposed to stick together, family is supposed to stick together.

He made a mistake! Lots of people make mistakes and no one tells on them! 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. And frankly, even if you could point to a case that tracks this one, it would take a certain finesse, along with an exceedingly deft touch, to fictionalize so awful a story.

Unfortunately, this book has neither, and too readily descends into pathos and self-importance. The author interview included at the end doesn’t help matters, I’m sorry to say. Wiess’s earnest remarks about the “white-hot blast of terror, fury, and despair” that she felt while writing the first draft just strengthened my impression that she wasn’t interested so much in writing fiction as she was in writing a political tract.


Although the strong narrative does carry the reader along, Such a Pretty Girl ultimately isn’t able to stand up under the weight of its own outrage. View all 25 comments.

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

I kind of wish it was longer and meatier but I can understand why it was on the short side. Honestly though, How It Ends by Wiess is so much better than this one so I would recommend that one over this one.

The best thing about this book was Meredith. I thought she was a great character. I liked how she was brave and quite rebellious even though she was scared of her father. The other characters all seemed pretty real so in my opinion, they were ptetty done. I liked Andy at the start but then he kind of got annoying.

The romance kind of rubbed me the wrong way too and I thought it would have been better if they were just friends. Something else I really liked lxura the dynamic between Meredith and her mother. Her mother was awful, just a horrible person but there are people like her out there. Those people are almost lauura awful as the abusers in my opinion.

At the end of the book, Wiess writes about a documentary that partly inspired her to gir, the book.

I was planning on only watching a little bit but it was so interesting, I watched the whole thing. Its just incredible and absolutely heartbreaking. I would recommend this and I would read more by Laura Wiess. Jun 20, Penelope Douglas added it. A little pricey for being so short–I wish wieds was longer–but I loved the way things were described and the twist at the very end.

Apr 21, Paige Bookdragon rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is about a motherfucking pedophile who was supposed to be rotting in jail for nine years not enough.

He was Merideth’s father and because the universe is a bitch sometimes, her father was released after three years in prison. Let me be straight because I know you guessed in the blurbed what really happened. Meredith’s father molested her because he’s a gir, and he gets off raping little kids and Merideth was one of the people who testified against him in the court.

And now he’s back. Let me go back to why books like this are important. It’s fucking important because some people likes to pretend that this kind of thing doesn’t happen in the world.

That the world is made of unicorn poop with glitters and those big bad wolfs were just fiction. They can pretend but it won’t change the truth.

There are some sick fuck out there who likes to hurt little children and sometimes they succeed. I would like to think that this book was written, not just wiezs tell a story, but to make us more aware.