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Such a Pretty Girl

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Gr 9 Up-Laura Weiss grips readers from the start in this extraordinary novel (Pocket Books, pap. 2007) about a teen's struggles with incest. Fifteen-year-old Meredith's sexually abusive father was sentenced to nine years in prison, but was released after only three years. Her selfish and superficial mother enables her returning husband to live just a short distance away, and Meredith is terrified. Meredith's father is a child molester who abused her as well as several young boys. He fails to register with the police once released, as required by Megan's Law, and resumes his lecherous hunt for intimacy with his daughter. Weiss recounts the girl's determination to outmaneuver this monster while maintaining her self-respect. The author pulls off a remarkable balancing act in describing tortuous angst in a refined text. Laced with cynicism and bitter humor, Angela Rogers's narration maintains high tension throughout; however, there is some idiosyncratic phrasing in a few instances. This compelling novel provides a suspenseful, fast-paced, honest look at sexually victimized youth.-Robin Levin, Fort Washakie School/Community Library, WY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Beautifully written and painfully real. Laura Wiess has crafted a gripping story that is heart-rending -- and important, with a capital 'I'." -- Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Flirting with Pete "Such a Pretty Girl hooked me on page one and Laura Wiess's masterful prose kept me turning the pages. This is the first book in a very long time that made me say, 'Wish I'd written this.'" -- Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Crank "Such a Pretty Girl is deep and ravishing, dark and true. In the character of Meredith, Laura Wiess has created a girl to walk alongside Harper Lee's Scout and J. D. Salinger's Phoebe. Read this novel, and you will be changed forever." -- Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

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