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Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
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Jul 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: gritty, brought-to-rhs-library
Read in February, 2008

The wilted flower on the black-field cover is brilliantly honest packaging. In stories of incest, there is such a thin space between exploitation and maudlin that few books negotiate the hazards. “Such a Pretty Girl” expertly brings readers into that thin, claustrophobic space and holds them there. The pacing is solid, Meredith is all-too believable, and her mother is tragically realistic. Oh, and the Dad is dispicable.

Other reviewers have done an excellent job delineating strengths of the book, so I would just like to add my voice to the chorus of hosannas along with this point: although males often avoid female protagonists, I think “Such A Pretty Girl” is one of the rare ones that teen boys will enjoy (Go Ask Alice is another that comes to mind) if presented with a copy.
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