Pretty Girl-13 Review

Title: Pretty Girl-13
Author: Liz Coley
Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological thriller about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity and then piece together her own identity.

When thirteen-year-old Angela Gracie Chapman looks in the mirror, someone else looks back--a thin, pale stranger, a sixteen-year-old with haunted eyes. Angie has no memory of the past three years, years in which she was lost to the authorities, lost to her family and friends, lost even to herself. Where has she been, who has been living her life, and what is hiding behind the terrible blankness? There are secrets you can’t even tell yourself.

With a tremendous amount of courage and support from unexpected friends, Angie embarks on a journey into the darkest corners of her mind. 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 people responsible, or is there another way to feel whole again?

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.

Another issue book. This book deals with dissociative identity disorder, which is multiple personality disorder. I did enjoy this book, though I had a lot of issues with it. I felt it could have been a lot better, but over all it was a good and fast read.

What I Liked:

  • The Overall Story. The overall storyline was great. It was a story of a girl coming to terms with a terrible thing that she had suppressed in her mind.

  • DID. I didn't know much about this disorder before I picked up this book. I did learn a lot about it through reading.

  • Flow. It did have nice flow. Time moved nicely.

What I Didn't Like:

  • The Characters. They weren't very rounded. Besides Angie and her other personalities, I felt that the other characters were flat. I really wish she would have rounded Doctor Grant more. 

  • Predictable. I knew what was happening long before it actually told us. There was no surprise to be had in this book.

  • Unbelievable. This is a hard book to read, yes, because it deals with very real issues. Though, at times, it just wasn't believable. Like others actions. Why wasn't anyone making a big deal of the girl being back? She was in the same school and it was like nobody noticed? Seriously? And why hadn't they found the cabin? They should have looked through the entire woods in three years! 

  • The Ordeal. We hardly got to see any of what actually happened to her over the course of the three years she was missing.
  • The Inconsistency. Some things weren't followed up on. There was some times when you didn't feel like Angie was missing time, like she wasn't still in the thirteen year old mind set.

Would I Recommend:

Yes. I would recommend if you would like to know more about DID and see how it works in the mind.

No. If you don't like reading about hard issues, this book isn't for you.

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