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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Powerful and haunting. In Pretty Girl-13, 16 year-old Angie str

Powerful and haunting.

In Pretty Girl-13, 16 year-old Angie struggles to recover her memory of the past three years of her life, which has been repressed due to severe trauma. 

Coley approaches this subject in a unique way, so I can understand the somewhat polarized r...
Powerful and haunting.

In Pretty Girl-13, 16 year-old Angie struggles to recover her memory of the past three years of her life, which has been repressed due to severe trauma. 

Coley approaches this subject in a unique way, so I can understand the somewhat polarized reception. I happened to really enjoy it. I went into this book not really knowing what it was about -- I honestly just liked the cover. And then, what do you know? It's 6am, and I haven't slept because I stayed up all night finishing the audiobook. My stomach was in knots the entire time because I wanted needed to know what would happen to Angie next--and whether it would be good or bad, because you could just never tell.

Some of the events in the plot are a little far-fetched in how they come together, but it's easy to forgive. The goal of this book is to bring exposure to PTSD and the effects of Dissociative Identity Disorder, and in this it truly succeeds.

Dark, disturbing, and heart-breaking, this book leaves an impression. Angie's story grabbed a hold of my heart and never let go.

I doubt I'll be able to send my daughter to Girl Scout camp after reading this.

CONTENT:

Profanity: Moderate (one crude character, not overwhelming)
Violence: Moderate (allusions to physical abuse, character trapped in fire)
Sexuality: Moderate-High (intense images and allusions to sexual abuse, mild sex scene -- regarded negatively) 

posted by brailynnebooks on July 9, 2013

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Awesome!

I wasn't quite sure about this at first--based on the premise. but turned out to be an incredibly awesome read. Nothing graphic, thankfully, but a nice psychological melding.

posted by idzmoose on April 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Brilliant story! I have always been fasinated with D.I.D so I fo

    Brilliant story! I have always been fasinated with D.I.D so I found this book really interesting. I couldn't put this book down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2015

    My Thoughts: It¿s amusing to me how I forget the synopsis of a

    My Thoughts:

    It’s amusing to me how I forget the synopsis of a book and then I start reading it thinking it was different. That happened here. I completely had no recollection of the premise and when I began to read it, I was thrown off… but in a good way. This story totally blew my mind.

    Angie has been through a lot and her mind created a world to help her not remember the bad. This world consists of multiple personalities that took on different aspects of her life. These personalities, you can’t help but be drawn in by each of them as separate characters. As new information is brought to light by each, you learn what Angie really went through, the pain and the cruelty. Her therapist, Dr. Grant, guides her through the process of discovering the truth of the three years she lost. Since the personalities are still with her, she has moments where she loses time when they take over to protect her.

    Angie longs for the days when she was thirteen. Her friends from back then are still around when she goes back to school. Of course, things have changed a lot for all of them. She manages to be friends with Kate again, and to open herself up to Abriam. She is figuring out how to move on and get the memories of her alters to meld into her own. She struggles to find the balance between it all, suffering the losses and the gaining of memories. And in the end, there is more to what she endured than she ever imagined.

    Pretty Girl-13 is a tangle of emotions. I’ve noticed that while I may be in a book and close to the characters, sometimes my heart isn’t as into it as I thought. This time, however, Liz Coley brought me to tears. To those who have read this one, can I just say that one moment near the end, did it hit you too? In an instant it HIT me and I instantly jumped and said out loud, “You’ve got to be freaking kidding me.” Anyone who enjoys a twisting psychological tale inside the mind will thoroughly fall for Angie’s story.

    My Rating: Exceptional

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Wow!! Could the author throw any more crap at this poor girl?! T

    Wow!! Could the author throw any more crap at this poor girl?! Thank god this is a fictitious story. Just when you think things could not get any worse for her........wrong! Very fast paced story. Loved the alters. This is a very adult story.

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    Posted December 10, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Excellent

    Well written, difficult subject, must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

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    Posted June 12, 2014

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