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Such A Pretty Girl

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  11,588 ratings  ·  922 reviews
The story of one young girl's fight for survival against the father who was supposed to protect her - and the system that failed her.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published 2007 by Pocket Books
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Jamie L
Jul 16, 2007 Jamie L rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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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 15-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 ...more
Have you ever felt dirty after watching an episode of Law and Order that featured too little police work and too much voyeuristic stalking of the victim? That is how I felt reading this book.

This book deals with a serious subject, sexual abuse, from the point of view of a girl who was abused by her father. While I am think it does an ok job representing how that girl feels, (the OCD and number obsession was well done) there was WAY too many "I'm running from my crazy pervert father" scenes whic
12-year-old Meredith's father is sent to prison for nine years for raping her repeatedly. 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: this book requires an enormous suspension of disbelief, at least if you have even the most tangential contact with the real justice system. First of a
SUCH A PRETTY GIRL has only been out for three and a half years now, but I kind of get the impression that--similar to Julia Hoban's Willow--it hasn't reached the wider audience it deserves as a result of its somewhat disturbing subject matter. I know I held off picking it up for awhile. Well, make that several days. I would have gone longer, I'm sure, but I read two absolutely stellar reviews of it and wanted to try it so bad. However, I have a very hard time reading stories about child abuse. ...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
What's the point of obsessing over cholesterol or bike helmets or even cigarettes when the biggest threats to our children are being released back into society every day? Yes, maybe 'some' of them have reformed, but what about the ones who haven't? Doesn't anyone realize that one 'touch', one 'time' will destroy a child's life ten times faster than a pack-a-day habit?

Such a Pretty Girl was disturbing and a very painful subject. The kind that makes one uncomfortable, as it should be. It is sick
I'll start by saying that I was struck by the similarities between this novel and my spring 2007 book Chasing Tail Lights). The journey, the choices, the use of flashbacks, and the two main characters making similar cold blooded and calculated decisions on avenging their abuse. Yet, I was most struck by the middle section of this novel where Mer talks about what is supposed to happen to "girls like me" who have been abused. The book is loaded with creepy moments (the father touching Mer's back a ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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In SUCH A PRETTY GIRL, Laura Wiess grabbed and held my attention from the first page to the last. New Jersey teenager Meredith was supposed to have nine years of safety from her father, so she'd be eighteen and out of the house when he was released from prison. But three years later, when Meredith is fifteen, her father gets out for good behavior. No matter what he did to Meredith and to other children before her, Meredith's mother is more than read
This story revolves around Meredith, a 15 year old whose father sexually abused her and has just been released early after serving only 3 years of his 9 year sentence. Her mother turns the other way and is in major denial over the whole thing, and Meredith feels like she has to deal with it mainly on her own. However, she does have allies in her condo community, like her retired cop neighbor, her wheelchair bound boyfriend and his mother, and her grandmother (who happens to be the mayor). She fe ...more
This book is raw and painful, and although it hurt to read it, I couldn't put it down. After being sent to prison for raping his 12-year-old daughter Meredith and other children, Meredith's father is released. She was promised a sentence of nine years but he's home in three and back to the same abuse. Meredith, is now fifteen and she's losing it.

The characters were all incredibly well-drawn, especially Meredith, but also the supporting characters. (I hate, hate, hate Meredith's mother.) There w
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I know this book deserves more than 3 stars and i would definitely have given it more had i not read "How It Ends" before this one. The latter one had me sobbing so bad. So when i picked this book I had hoped that i would blow me away. But that didn't happen. In fact the ending happened quite abruptly.

Laura Weiss has expertly described the emotions of teenagers who have have been sexually abused and didn't exactly find justice for it. Meredith was abused by her father who is a pedophile. Three
Such a Pretty Girl depicts a community where the tension doesn't simmer; it's explosive. The only way to protect the community is to provoke the offender into re-offending, and Meredith offers herself up as the sacrificial lamb. She's in no way reluctant, though she must battle her fears to complete the task.

The romance is believable: victims, survivors banding together, trying to cope with their tortured pasts...and now their troubled present. Paralysis and religion thread their connection with
Michelle Llewellyn
What a stupid story! Yes, the author is trying to deal with a heavy issue like child incest and pedophiles but the world she's created here is just too unbelievable. The main character, Meredith, age 15, just can't seem to focus on anything except getting away from her sadistic parents and their bad sex to be with her crippled boyfriend, Andy, so they can have the good sex and drink the good booze. Hanging out of a car window while drunk was what led to Andy's paralysis yet he's constantly swigg ...more
She was promised nine years of safety, but received only three: Meridith is fifteen, living with a mother who intentionally blinds herself to the truth, and her sexually abusive father is about to be released from jail. She must find a way to protect herself from her fatherand protect the other children that he may abuse in her stead. Meridith's harrowing story is compulsively readable, but it's too short and the secondary characters and plotlines don't receive enough attention. Careful flashbac ...more
Meredith, age fourteen, learns that her father has been released from jail – several years early. Her mom is ecstatic (and in serious denial), but Meredith is sick to her stomach. Her father went to jail three years ago for sexually abusing her and several other children in town. She thought she would be safe from him, and then safely away from him (she’d be eighteen by the time he was supposed to have been released), before this happened. Not only is he getting out, but he’s also going to be li ...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
I’ve had Such a Pretty Girl on my to read list for years. Everyone has amazing things to say about it so I don’t know why I put it off for so long exactly. I picked it up on a whim the other day and devoured it.

Such a Pretty Girl is a difficult book. The subject matter is something that a lot of people wouldn’t want to read about. I’ve always liked dark books. Books that make me step outside of my normal life. That’s definitely what this one is. Meredith has been sexually abused by her father in
I loved Such a Pretty Girl with the same deeply personal portion of me that felt M. Night Shyamalan's Signs was an awesome movie.

My favorite passage is as follows:

"...I know how bad the odds are for girls like me.

We wait to be rescued, but for whatever reason, no one comes. We figure that if no one protects us then we must not be worth protecting so we become prey and are easily picked off. Our wounded, kicked-puppy gazes attract sly predators and we sell ourselves for clearance sale prices, m
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This book was really good. Just like the book I finished before this, it was sort of dark. "Such a Pretty Girl" is about a girl named Meredith. Her father molested her and other children when she was younger and he was put into prison for only 3 of the 9 years he was supposed to do time for. When he is released, Meredith's mother blames her for him being in prison and says it is her fault. This book made me aggravated because of the ignorance of the character's mother, and how no one would under ...more
Ashleigh Wilber
This novel was about a teenager, Meredith, who was sexually assaulted by her own father. The story revolves around her destroyed family dynamic and the remnants of the life her father destroyed. I personally appreciated the writing style the author uses, some sarcasm blended in with serious topics. Meredith experiences a real life issue, and the reactions of the characters are realistic in my opinion. The age range I would suggest this book to would be high school teenagers due to the content di ...more
Celia Baybutt
I think that Wiess does an outstanding job putting the reader into Meredith's head, and really making them feel for her. I think she builds her characters very well, making most readers hate the dad and feel extreme frustration towards the mom. She also does a nice job with the plot, tying together Andy's family with Meredith's and showing their relationship. This book is great for educating about sexual abuse, especially in a family. it shows how different characters deal with the situation and ...more
Such a Pretty Girl is a great read for people looking for a serious, emotional take on childhood incest. Laura Weiss makes it easy for readers to feel empathetic for Meredith. For example Meredith is raped by her father, and as a result she purposefully makes herself unappealing by wearing dirty overalls.
Meanwhile her mother selfishly sides with her father.Ultimately this illustrates the overarching theme of becoming your own savior. Meredith has to become her own savior because her mother does
I read this book in about 3 hours. It's a small book and the story takes place over about 4 days, so it makes sense that I could get through it quickly.

There are some books that I read that I don't feel strongly about-one way or the other. Such a pretty girl by Laura Wiess was one of those books. It's not a bad book. It's well written. The story is compelling. Unfortunately, for Wiess, the characters on SVU are more developed and sympathetic. Well, it's not that Meredith isn't sympathetic. You w
I'll admit, the reason i got this book from the library was because the main girl's name is meredith, same as mine, only hers has less r's. it's the story of a girl who was sexually abused by her dad. he abused a bunch of kids and was sent away to jail, but is released early, and her mom is still in love with him and blames meredith, so she eagerly takes him back. now meredith must figure out how to survive with her abusive dad back. this is a sad book, and i really feel that the mom is as messe ...more
Ok, prepare yourself before you read this heart-wrenching tale of incest and child molestation. It was recommended to me by Kelsie and at times I wanted to kill her for having me read it. It is just so sad. The story centers on Meredith, a 15 year old girl whose father, after having been convicted as a child rapist, is being released from prison after 3 years. Her mother is no help to the situation and is in fact a frustrating instigator of further difficulties. The book deals with Meredith’s ou ...more
Meredith's father was sent to jail for molesting her and several other children in their town. Although he was supposed to serve a nine year sentence, he is released on parole after only three years. Meredith thought she would be safe from her abuser until at least the age of eighteen, but her mother welcomes her father back with open arms, saying she wants them to be a family again. What options are there for 15-year-old girl when she is forced to allow the man who raped her back into her life, ...more
After having this book on my tbr pile for a whole year I finally got a chance to read it and I'm really glad I did. This book can be a difficult read because it deals with a difficult subject. Meredith, the heroine of the novel is faced with the horrors of having her sexually abusive father back in the picture 3 years after he was sent to prison. The legal system failed Meredith once and now she, not the people who are supposed to protect the victims must face her new reality with more courage t ...more
Maribel Martinez
Such a pretty girl

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.

Protagonist: Meredith antagonist: her father

A story in which justice is unfair, the judge promises nine years of prison time and comes out in only three years time.
I choose this book because it looked very intresting by the cover and when I read the back of the book it sounded like a good book. I read the first page and I liked it already. The genre I think is like a intense, terrifying book becasue of everything that is going on and its non fiction which is really sad.It tells about a girl and what she went through when she was little. The setting is at her boyfriends house, at her house when the problem happened,and at her grandma's house. Meridith is th ...more
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Laura Wiess is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Such a Pretty Girl, chosen as one of the ALA’s 2008 Best Books for Young Adults and 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and Leftovers. Originally from Milltown, New Jersey, she traded bumper-to-bumper traffic, excellent pizza, and summer days down the shore for scenic roads, bears, no pizza delivery, and the irresistible allure ...more
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“The ache starts in my chest and spreads through my veins. The abuse I can handle; it's the happiness that cripples.” 36 likes
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