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Such a Pretty Girlby Laura Wiess
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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.
"Beautifully written and painfully real. Laura Wiess has crafted a gripping story that is heart-rending — and important, with a capital 'I'." Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Flirting with Pete
"Such a Pretty Girl is deep and ravishing, dark and true. In the character of Meredith, Laura Wiess has created a girl to walk alongside Harper Lee's Scout and J. D. Salinger's Phoebe. Read this novel, and you will be changed forever." Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author
"Such a Pretty Girl hooked me on page one and Laura Wiess's masterful prose kept me turning the pages. This is the first book in a very long time that made me say, 'Wish I'd written this.'" Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Crank
"...Wiess' story is a page-turner that ultimately sends a startling message of empowerment that, while improbable, is extremely satisfying." Booklist
"Wiess has created a spunky heroine — tough, darkly humorous, yet achingly vulnerable....[A] nail-biter of an ending. Gusty and effective thriller..." Kirkus Reviews
"This novel is perfectly paced, the momentum never slowing as it races toward the inevitable showdown." VOYA
"This tale strikes just the right balance between hope and despair, and Meredith's will to survive and ability to take action in the face of her terror are an inspiration." KLIATT
This haunting, emotionally gripping tale is the story of a 15-year-old girl who must defend herself against her abusive father. Suspenseful, and emotionally shattering, the novel captures a young woman's painful fight for survival — and her journey back to herself.
About the Author
Laura Wiess is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Such a Pretty Girl, chosen as one of the ALA's 2008 Best Books for Young Adults and 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and Leftovers. Originally from Milltown, New Jersey, she traded bumper-to-bumper traffic, excellent pizza, and summer days down the shore for scenic roads, bears, no pizza delivery, and the irresistible allure of an old stone house surrounded by forests in Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains Region. Email Laura Wiess at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.laurawiess.com for more information.
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