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Such a Pretty Girl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Interesting, well written read.

Laura Wiess has written a compelling novel that deals with a painful subject. Meredith was sexually abused by her father, who has recently been released from prison. She is an anguished, wounded character struggling to overcome. And as the reader, I could feel the confl...
Laura Wiess has written a compelling novel that deals with a painful subject. Meredith was sexually abused by her father, who has recently been released from prison. She is an anguished, wounded character struggling to overcome. And as the reader, I could feel the conflict inside her; would she ultimately be victim or victor?
Meredith was wise beyond her years, forced to grow up too early by her father's iniquities. Still, she felt unable to protect herself from her father, who had clearly not been successfully rehabilitated.
I think a talented writer not only creates characters for the reader to fall in love with, but often also gives us one or two to despise. Wiess created a truly loathsome character in Meredith's mother. She was ignorant and insipid and from the father's first day back home, repeatedly violated the court order not to leave him alone with Meredith. She was nearly as despicable as her pedophilic husband.
The system failed to protect Meredith just as abysmally as her mother did. Meredith seemed to fall between the cracks, leaving her frightened and vulnerable. Redemption would be her own doing, and that of a few people, her maternal grandmother, a caring neighbor, who were willing to get involved instead of merely looking the other way.
Besides being very well-written, Such a Pretty Girl is thought-provoking. Topics to be considered; can pedophiles be successfully rehabilitated? How effective is the sex-offender registry in its current format? Is it appropriate to take matters into our own hands when we see the system is failing to protect children? Are we even willing to?

posted by 148617 on November 25, 2008

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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posted by Anonymous on March 24, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Book

    Im sort of confused. I havn't read it, but the overview doesn't tell me anything about the book. Could someone give an overview that doesn't give anything away, yet still tells me something about the book?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Dissappointment

    I was looking at my recommended books and this one looked familer. After reading the description i realized i have already read this book. Overall its a forgettable book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Other bookk

    What re other books like this one with the same story line????
    Does anyone knowwww??.?

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