Monday, June 17, 2013 16:20

Review 167. Liz Coley – Pretty girl thirteen.

17203022Title: Pretty girl thirteen.
Author: Liz Coley.
Pages: 344.
Published: February 28th 2013.
Publisher: Harper.
Sort: Stand-alone.
Source: Won in a giveaway.

Angie Chapman is only 13 when she gets lost in the woods in the middle of the night. The next thing she knows she’s returned home, scars around her wrists and ankles, physically exhausted. Her parents collapse into tears when they see her, but Angie doesn’t understand – until they tell her she has been missing, presumed dead, for three years. Angie doesn’t remember anything from her missing years. But there are people who do – people who could tell Angie every terrifying detail, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With help, Angie begins to unravel the darkest secrets of her own past. But does she really want to know the truth?
Rating:

Dark, gripping and gritty, those are the three words that pop in my head when I think about this book. Despite that, there is always a certain touch of hope. I never felt depressed or overwhelmed by this tough subject. The easy writing-style and Angie made this a very enjoyable, good book. I finished this book a couple of days ago, but I still think about it. It definitely had an impact on me and I see myself re-reading this book in a few years.

Quote from "Pretty girl thirteen"
I think it’s very clear by now that I’m fascinated by everything that has to do with biology. The fact that our body is capable to adapt to certain situations is amazing. In this case, it’s about Angie and her brains' way to survive a kidnap for three years.

Summary.
Angie went camping as a 13 year old girl and she returned home as a sixteen year woman. She has no idea what happened in those three years and she has a hard time to adapt to her new life. Her body doesn’t fit to her thoughts and her fathers behaviour is confusing. To help her understand her lost years, she is sent to a psychologist. That is when they find out how Angie’s amnesia started: she created several characters in her head. These real persons – they are capable of taking over her body and presence – are holding the secrets and clues of her past. But is Angie ready to confront them?

Review.
I really liked Angie. She is confused and scared, but also strong and determined to pick up her life. When she loses control over her mind and body, she isn’t afraid to step up. Her moments of pity were realistic and understandable, but she’s not a whiner. I respected her and her choices, despite the fact that some broke my heart. I suspected the twist at the ending, but it was heart-breaking nonetheless.

The other persons in her head were interesting. It was great to see how they were created and I was constantly eager to continue for more information. The mystery around her past is slowly unravelled and I felt so sorry for Angie. She has such a kind spirit and I’m happy that she never lost her innocence, because the real Angie was protected.  It’s almost unbelievable that this DID syndrome exists.

What I also really liked was the fact that we see the impact on her family and the reaction of her old friends. Her parents feel guilty and they try to cope with the situation in their own way. I first didn’t get her father’s reaction, but I started to understand him.

The only thing I didn’t believe was the media silence. I don’t think that they can keep a kidnapping quiet for such a long time. But, it’s a great book and I recommend it to everyone.

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Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

36 comments:

  1. 4.5 stars? That's promising! I'm really excited for Pretty Girl Thirteen because it has such a cool-sounding mystery, so I'm glad it delivered. Liz Coley sounds like a fantastic writer. Can't wait to get my hands on this! Great review, Mel. :)

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  2. WOW 3 years... What a trauma.... Great review Mel

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  3. Great review sweetie :D Hmm. This book does sound pretty amazing :D Glad you loved it so much. <3 Thank you for sharing about it :)

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  4. I keep reading so many mixed reviews for this book - some people hate it, some people love it. You've got me curious about the story, though. I'll have to see if my library has this one.

    Nice review!

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    1. Yes, this is the type of book you either love or hate. There is no way in between :p

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  5. I so loved this book! I read it a couple of months ago and I'm STILL thinking about it! It's one of those stories that just stick with you. You're right, it wasn't depressing, but it was pretty intense.
    I also guessed the twist at the end and so many little things in this story had already broken my heart aside from this twist!
    I so need to reread it... Great review!

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    1. Sometimes, I still find myself thinking about this book too. It was impressive.

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  6. I really need to read this one - I have heard wonderful things.

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  7. I really liked this book, too! Angie's behavior was confusing at times but I was rooting for her. And the twist at the end with the mad rocker? Extra creepy!

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  8. Okay, Mel, you definitely convinced me to read Pretty Girl 13. -Quickly adds to TBR list-

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  9. This sounds great. I wasn't very interested in this before your review, but I'm definitely very intrigued now :) Awesome review!

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  10. I agree with the others above me, you convinced me to read it! I love how you opened with the three words because I am definitely intrigued. And I'm glad you loved her and the elements to the story! Gonna read it asap now :)

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  11. Ooh-what a good rating! I haven't heard much about this but your review is convincing me to do some more research into it.

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  12. I wasn't a huge fan but this was very enjoyable. The grittiness and atmosphere was so original!

    Fantastic review, Mel! <33

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  13. Good point. I didn't really think about the media silence, but that does seem rather unlikely. The part that bothered me was that the doctors checked her and didn't notice certain things that became BIG plot points.

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  14. Biology fans, yeah! Although it sounds like a few parts were a bit unrealistic, you enjoyed it overall so that is what counts! Good to know since this one is a bit lesser known on my radar.

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  15. This is one I really want to read!! I'm glad it wasn't too depressing of a read and that it deals with a tough subject well. DID is fascinating to me as well. I read a non-fiction book about a woman who had 19 different personalities. It was so difficult to imagine!

    -Lauren

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  16. This sounds like a boo I really need to read. The whole impact being shown from her friends and family seems interesting. Great review :)

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  17. I've seen a lot of people talking about this one, but have never bothered to really look at the reviews - until yours! Sounds really promising! The whole idea of multiple personalities fascinates me and I'm curious to see how the author pulled it off. Glad to see it has your approval! :)

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  18. I've been unsure about this one but your review convinced me that I should give it a try!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  19. I really liked this one as well, so I'm really glad you liked it! You bring up a good point on the media silence, though—it's so true that it would have been likely she'd have to talk with some reporters at some point, or get followed at her school or something.

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  20. I haven't heard too, too much about this book, but it sounds really interesting! Like you said, I think the fact that it deals with memory suppression and just how much our brains/bodies can handle of something is really fascinating. Lovely review! I'll need to look more into this book.

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  21. People have been loving this one, so I'm glad you also loved it! It's a neat premise and I'm happy it's handled well. I am fine with depressing as long as there is some hope, so I'm glad you pointed that out! Great job with this review!

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