See The Beauty in the Many Faces of Pretty Girl-13

Pretty Girl-13
 Title:  Pretty Girl-13
Author:  Liz Coley
Format:  E-Galley
Length:  352 pages
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen
Rating:  5 stars

Reminiscent of the Elizabeth Smart case, Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological mystery about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity.

Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she's returned home…only to find that it's three years later and she's sixteen-or at least that's what everyone tells her.

What happened to the past three years of her life?

Angie doesn't know.

But there are people who do—people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren't locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her "alters." As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?

Liz Coley's alarming and fascinating psychological mystery is a disturbing-and ultimately empowering-page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.  -Goodreads


My Thoughts
Liz Coley's "Pretty Girl-13" is not your typical YA read in any sense.  This journey into the life and mind of kidnapping survivor, Angie Chapman, and the lives of the "alter" personalities that her psyche split into as a way of helping her to cope with the horrors that she was forced to endure during her 3 year captivity; will enthrall readers from page one.

This book is not one story but several: Angie's story pre-kidnapping, Angie's story point of view during the kidnapping, Angie's story post kidnapping, and the stories of her "alters".
Meeting each of the "alters" and experiencing Angie's life through their eyes and in their voices, gives this story a raw, almost biographical feel.

Ms. Coley manages to present difficult subject matter with a perfect balance of realism, and care that, while helping to make the subject matter palatable for a younger audiences; in no way diminishes the power of her message.
While it is true that much of the book is very emotionally taxing.  This read does end on a hopeful note, as Angie, her family, and her "alters" find their way to hope, forgiveness, and understanding.

 


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13 comments:

Ashley said...

Wow this book sounds fabulous! I have a copy but I might have to bump it up in my TBR pile. Do the "alters" get confusing at all? I think that's the one thing I'm worried about!

Frishawn Rasheed said...

No Ashley,
They are very well written. You always know who is who.
I love that.

Leeanna said...

I have to agree with Ashley -- that book sounds fabulous! Your review made me ad it to my wishlist.

Eva said...

Wow haven't heard about this book before but it sounds incredible!

Thanks for the review

magic5905 said...

Thanks for the review. I wasn't sure about this book but since you rated it 5 stars and will be checking it out.

Erika said...

Thanks for the introduction of this book. I had no idea what it was about and it sounds so interesting! I'm so happy to hear that you loved it and will be adding it to my list.

LisaILJ said...

wow. I haven't read much about this book yet. I am glad that even though it's a tough book to read, it does end on a helpful note. I have the ARC, maybe it's time to move it up.

Tiffany Drew said...

I recently got my hands on this ARC but haven't been able to read it get. It sounds a lot deeper than I had originally thought, which is awesome! I'm bumping it up in my reading list now :)

Holly Underhill said...

Sounds like a great book! Adding it to my TBR list. :)

tammy216 said...

This book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it.
Thanks for the review!

latishajean said...

This sounds like a great book can't wait to read it!
Thanks for the great review!

Megan Parsons said...

I really want to read this book! It looks amazing! Thanks for the review!

VampedChik said...

Thank you for sharing this one! I havent heard of it til now. I will definitely be checking this one out! Thanks!
-Amber

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