Sunday, July 20, 2008
Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
Meredith was promised nine years of safety, but they only gave her three.
Her father, who was sent to prison for sexually abusing Meredith and other children in their small town, has been released on good behavior. He was supposed to be locked up until Meredith's eighteenth birthday, when she could legally be free of both her abusive father and her delusional mother who dwells on a fantasy that the three of them will be a happy family once more.
But Meredith is only fifteen, and her father is out of prison...and her mother is bringing him home. And Meredith won't let him hurt her, or anyone else, ever again. No matter what the cost.
The first page caught me in and kept me reading. The writing was fabulous. The plot was amazingly sad, but great. I could not put this books down. Meredith seems so much older then she really is in the story. The book was short but it was still an amazing story. The characters Wiess crafted was probably the downside of the novel. They weren't really well done. I don't feel like they had enough emotion in them. But other then that the novel was great.
I loved how she held together Meredith's father and mother. They are such different characters. I loved how she made Andy paralyzed. Laura's writing was great. I would definitely recommend reading this book to anyone.