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Such a Pretty Girl


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ISBN13: 9781416521839
ISBN10: 1416521836
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1. Meredith frequently refers to numbers throughout the novel — how many tiles there are in the bathroom, the amount of multivitamins she takes, and four being her "safety number." Why does Meredith find such comfort in numbers?

2. Discuss the theme of paralysis in Such a Pretty Girl and how it applies to each character.

3. "Ms. Mues shields me just to thwart my father. She doesn't really care for me. She's a plotter, a planner and what better way to avenge her son than to destroy her enemy's daughter? To gain my trust and use me to achieve her goal, much like my father used Andy..." (page 73). Do you think this is true? What is Ms. Mues's motivation for moving into Meredith's neighborhood?

4. "Four is my best number, but there are four years between my parents too, and I would rather fall down dead than find out we're anything like them" (page 74). How is the relationship between Andy and Meredith different than the relationship between Meredith's parents? Do you think Meredith is repeating her mother's mistake?

5. "A victim soul is a pious individual chosen to absorb the suffering o f others" (page 86). Who do you think acts as the victim soul in this novel? Does this person accept his/her role willingly?

6. "Andy's demons chase him just as hard as yours chase you" (page 114). How are Andy and Meredith different in dealing with their mutual psychological scars?

7. What is the significance of each of the recurring images in the novel: the Dumpster, the gold baseball pendant, roses, and the statue of Mary.

8. Discuss the relationship between Sharon and Charles. Why does she stay with him despite everything he's done? Meredith believes her mother will always choose her husband over her daughter. Is this true? If so, why does she want Meredith to stay with them instead of with her grandmother?

9. "It's the stuff that no one sees that does the most damage" (page 10). Sight is another theme in Such a Pretty Girl. What does each character choose not to see and how does that hurt them?

10.What do you think Meredith's future will be like? Will she become the stereotype of abused children? Or will she become its exception?


1. Visit Laura Wiess's blog at http://gypsyrobin.livejournal.com.

2. Did this book inspire you to get involved in protecting your community? Go to www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/states.htm to find information on sex offenders who might be living in your neighborhood.

3. Watch the documentary highly recommended by the author, Just Melvin: Just Evil.

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giovannahsmith, July 2, 2012 (view all comments by giovannahsmith)
This is my absolute favorite book. EVER. Laura Wiess has a way with words that make you experience how Meredith is feeling, and the struggle she goes through dealing with her father returning home. I adore how she portrays Meredith's mother as almost a villain by being on her husband's side after he raped her daughter, and even going as far as blaming her. As a writer myself, I have trouble using real-time, but Wiess makes the transition from day-to-day flawless and impeccable. In the cover of her next book, Leftovers, she says she is working on a new MTV book, and I can't wait for it to come out.
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Reader Eternal, November 12, 2011 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
I absolutely devoured this book. It's one of the most un-put-down-able books I've ever read. It's a nail-biting, heart-pounding, unflinching blitzkrieg of emotion and terror and, ultimately, hope and triumph. Meredith is strong and smart and vulnerable and stunningly brave. Wiess's prose is fast-paced, spare and lovely. A phenomenal read from a very talented author.
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blindlittlemonkey, August 14, 2010 (view all comments by blindlittlemonkey)
Ok, I loved this book but i just have to point out one major flaw before I start my review:
They promised Meredith NINE years of safety, but only gave her THREE. Then they go on to say that she's FIFTEEN. Fifteen minus three is twelve. they say he was suppose to be locked up for nine years, but then they also say her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. I don't know about you but I'm pretty sure twelve plus nine doesn't equal eighteen
Other then that though I loved this book. I agree it may not have gone as deep into the struggle of dealing with a father who raped you but I also think that this book had more to do with the over coming it then the actually dealing with it. Some of the characters may have lacked the kind of depth some people look for in a story but I had no problem with it. I would definably tell you to read this book
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Product Details

Wiess, Laura
MTV Books
Family life
Fathers and daughters
General Juvenile Fiction
General Fiction
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
January 2007
Grade Level:
7 x 5 in
Age Level:

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Product details 224 pages MTV Books - English 9781416521839 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Beautifully written and painfully real. Laura Wiess has crafted a gripping story that is heart-rending — and important, with a capital 'I'."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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.'"
"Review" by , "...Wiess' story is a page-turner that ultimately sends a startling message of empowerment that, while improbable, is extremely satisfying."
"Review" by , "Wiess has created a spunky heroine — tough, darkly humorous, yet achingly vulnerable....[A] nail-biter of an ending. Gusty and effective thriller..."
"Review" by , "This novel is perfectly paced, the momentum never slowing as it races toward the inevitable showdown."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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