Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was so compelling, I couldn't put it down. Meredith is a teen who has been molested by her father while he has molested lots of other children, boys and girls alike. When her father gets a nine year sentence, Meredith feels safe even though she is a pariah in her town. Imagine her disgust and fear when he is released after only 3 years!!! And her mother can't wait to be one big happy family. Meredith has been spending time with Andy, a teen who is now paralyzed but was once one of her father's victims. She is also open and honest with Nigel, a police officer who lives in her apartment complex. Meredith feels she is the only one who can stop her father, even though she has tried by not taking baths, leaving her hair in her eyes, wearing clothes that cover her up and are filthy. I felt I was in a car careening out of control as I read this sickening book of a girl's despair and hatred for all the lives her father has shattered. She is a strong girl who perseveres in spite of her mother, her father and the justice system. A great read!
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