Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
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 the past. When the story starts she’s now 14 and her father is getting out of jail. Her mother refuses to acknowledge that anything happened and wants them to live as a happy family. Pretty horrifying, right? Laura Wiess handles the tough subject with grace.
I felt for Meredith so much. She was a lot braver than I could have ever been. I loved the subtle support system she had around her. I never quite felt the connection between her and Andy. It just felt odd to me. Her mother was infuriating and crazy. Picking your child molesting husband over your child? How could anyone do that. It’s unfathomable, but Laura Wiess does a great job with her character. It was very believable.
The writing is heartbreaking and gorgeous. Meredith has these short and sometimes sparse (thankfully) flashbacks to her relationship with her father, and her abuse. They brought the story to life. It was horrifying and somehow breathtaking at the same time.
Such a Pretty Girl was a spectacular read. If you like stepping outside your comfort zone every once in awhile I highly recommend this one.