Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Pretty girl
13 when she
went missing

to her family
to her friends
to the world

but still missing
her self

In Liz Coley's alarming and fascinating psychological mystery, sixteen-year-old Angie Chapman must piece together the story of her kidnapping and abuse. Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing—and ultimately empowering—page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.
Liz Coley explores a dark and fascinating aspect of the mind in Pretty Girl-13. Angie Chapman, taken from camp at 13 years old, returns home without memory of the three years she was gone. It's more than amnesia created from trauma that causes her to not remember a single thing about her kidnapping and captor, or what she had been forced to endure. Angie's mind holds multiple personalities that throw themselves in Angie's life when it gets too hard for her to handle on her own.

Pretty Girl-13 brought to mind Ellen Hopkins' dramatic verse novel, Identical, and April Henry's suspenseful thriller, Girl, Stolen. The psychological elements and tragic tales are complex and intriguing enough to keep readers glued to the pages! Angie herself wasn't such a spectacular character, but her story is worth the read. Having traumatic memories locked away in a mind and not able to access them is such a mind-blowing ability that Coley writes about with natural aplomb.

Suspense not only lies with revealing the truth of Angie's experience, but what will happen when the truth is finally out. The portrayal of Angie dealing with her experience wasn't an emotionally wringing experience for readers, but it will unquestionably capture the attention of empathetic souls. The mystery and haunting air of Pretty Girl-13 is too hard to ignore and Liz Coley is an exceptional writer!
*ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Pub Date: March 19, 2013
Pages/Format: 352; Hardcover, ebook, audio

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