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Pretty Girl-13 [Format Kindle]

Liz Coley

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Revue de presse

“Unflinchingly honest and brilliantly conceived. This book will haunt you.” (Lauren Myracle, New York Times Bestselling author of Shine and Bliss)

“It’s a harrowing journey with no shortage of creepy moments and imagery, and readers should be fascinated by Angie’s efforts to put her life and mind in order after years of abuse.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Chilling...fascinating.” (ALA Booklist)

“Readers interested in psychological explorations will appreciate and admire Angie’s struggles and journey.” (School Library Journal)

“Readers...will certainly find themselves emotionally involved in [Angie’s] story frombeginning to end.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“A story of survival and resilience that will haunt you long after you turn the last page.” (Cinda Williams Chima)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Reminiscent of the Elizabeth Smart case, Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological thriller about a girl who must piece together the mystery of her kidnapping and abuse. Perfect for fans of books like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl, and Caroline B. Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton series, Pretty Girl-13 is a haunting yet ultimately uplifting story about the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods on a Girl Scout camping trip. Now she's returned home . . . only to find that it's three years later and she's sixteen—or at least that's what everyone tells her. What happened to the last three years of her life? With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her lost time. She eventually discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: what do you do when you remember things you wish you could forget?

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Chilling tale exploring the pain and sought after recovery of not a victim, but a survivor 20 mars 2013
Par Shane - Publié sur
Pretty Girl-13 is a chilling tale exploring the pain and sought after recovery of not a victim, but a survivor. Liz wrote a tremendously heart hitting story that will certainly leave you speechless.

I was extremely impressed by the writing and delivery.This book made me an emotional wreck. I was terrified of the events as Angela experienced them in what seemed like for the first time. And was excited for her as she started a new. I could kick my own butt now for ever deliberating whether or not I should read this book because of the themes it entailed but I'm so happy now that I made the decision to go through with it to the end.

Liz developed a story that not only touched my heart but made me want to learn more about the subjects she brought forth. I for one have never experienced such an ordeal and cannot begin to imagine or understand what this girl (or anyone) had gone through, but while I read I felt as if I was living out every scene in every graphic detail. I got angry when Angie did; I felt confused and questioned everything the way she did; And most of all, I related to the pain of being alone and sad when it seemed like her world was caving in. Like I said, I was all over the place with this one, emotion wise. But that doesn't mean I'm at odds with the author. It's quite the opposite. I admire her deeply for such an incredible work.

Angie was a very interesting main character, and that to me, is because she was embodied of so many other characters. I wasn't interested in any other due to the fact that I wanted badly to understand Angie and every single part of her. That was the most significant aspect of the story in my eyes and I'm satisfied with how well the author portrayed the purpose of these personalities. One in particular that caught me off guard was a childlike side that represented a shocking period in her childhood. When the truth came to light I slammed my palm on the laptop (honestly) and shouted, "bastard!" Read it for yourself and you'll share my sentiments. I'd also like to point out that this wasn't all depressing and boo-boo to the end. Angie still had some light humor (which helped ease the tension in some scenes); and aside from the evident fact that she was trying to piece her life together, there were other mysteries that needed solving when suspicious hints were tossed at the reader in every chapter.

All I'm saying is there was never a dull moment. Quite a mouthful of intensity and intrigue, I was pulled in at all corners. Please, people, just read it for yourselves. You won't be disappointed.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Actually 4.5 stars. 4 juillet 2013
Par Angie - Publié sur
That was one messed up story. Woah. Pretty Girl-13 does not sugar coat anything or hold back at all. It's disturbing and completely unsettling. However, I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened to Angie during the time she was held captive in that cabin in the woods. I was also fascinated by the recovery process for Dissociative Identity Disorder. Angie remembers absolutely nothing from the three years she was missing thanks to her "alters" who stepped in to handle various aspects of her captivity. Now she's aware of them but she's afraid of what they'll have to say and what they'll make her do.

Pretty Girl-13 is very much a story about recovery from abuse and taking your life back. Yes, there's a mystery element as they try to figure out who took her and bring him to justice. But overall, the story is focused on Angie meeting her alters and coming to terms with them and what has been done to her. It's truly terrible, but there is a slight detachment for Angie since she was never present. It was overwhelming when her alters' memories came flooding into her, or when they left her notes to explain. What happened to her really made me sick. It's revealed piece by piece, and waiting for the whole picture was agonizing. Angie does try to go on with life as normally as possible, and I liked how she didn't let her parents dictate what was "right" for her. She's behind in school and has no friends. Attempting her rekindle her relationships from before was an interest aspect, but I found myself not caring much at times, since I thought the dialogue was really awkward. It's a minor thing given the overall intensity of the book.

The only thing that kept Pretty Girl-13 from being a perfect 5 stars was the subplot involving a previous abuse. I can't really talk about it without spoiling, but how it was handled didn't sit right with me and made me take away a half-star. I just couldn't believe her parent's reaction to Angie's confession. They essentially brush her off as insane until her therapists convinces them otherwise. I can understand parents not wanting to believe it, but to dismiss her story completely? I don't think so. I would have expected them to at least take a step back and consider the possibility. However that doesn't happen, and Angie's parents tell her that her doctor "was very persuasive." Meaning they don't believe her, but her doctor is just that good. What? The outcome is also skipped over. Her parents go from not believing at all to taking half-assed legal action, then brushing it under the rug. I just wish this plot had been ended better.

Pretty Girl-13 is a difficult book to read, but I think it's well worth it if you can handle extremely dark stories. Of course, it's full of triggers so it's definitely not something I can recommend lightly. Angie's situation at the end is awful, but it's also hopeful. She came a long way since she first turned up on her parent's doorstep after three years.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 once Upon a Reviews 19 mars 2013
Par Yara Santos - Publié sur
I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up Pretty Girl-13. Rape is a topic I have not read about before and to be honest, it's a depressing subject. But, Liz Coley did manage to take something very tragic into something inspirational.

Angie was only 13 when she was kidnapped from the woods as she was camping with her Girl Scout friends. Only to turn up in front of her parents door step, 3 years later with absolutely no recollection or memory of what happened to her or how she made it back home. When her parents saw her, they thought they had seen a ghost. I mean, can you blame them - she was gone for three years. Quickly, her parents call the detective to let him know the great news. They take her to the hospital to get some tests done and pretty much a rape kit. They need to get whatever evidence they can since Angie doesn't remember anything. You would think that Angie's parents are super thrilled that she is back, but for some odd reason, her father is happy, but is acting all weird around her. I didn't get that part. Anyways, Angie starts her therapy and discovers that she has multiple personalities. According to her therapist, her mind came up with these alters to help her cope with the things she had to endure while she was captured. Sort of a way to protect her, which is the reason why she can't remember what happened during that time.

Overall, the story was really good, but I do have couple of issues that bothered me and sort of left me hanging. I am going to try to explain them without any spoilers. I expected a huge emotional scene after a HUGE revelation, but nothing happened. I understand that the story is more focused on the recovery of Angie, but it just didn't seem realistic. It's like they just brushed it off. My other complaint is that Angie was held prisoner and enslaved at the age of 13 by a man who sexually assaulted her, and tortured her and after just a few months of therapy, and her alters disappearing, she was okay. I mean even when she first started her therapy she wasn't as "messed" up as you would think a young 13 year old girl would be after going through such an ordeal. I mean, this is something that takes years to recover from, if you ever recover from it. Yes, I understand that her "alters" took the abuse so that Angie didn't have to endure it and erased from her memory, but still. It just didn't feel realistic. Overall, it was a great read and very inspirational. - Ana
7 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Potential that wasn't met 16 mars 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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I'm really not sure how to start this review. And forgive me, but there are going to have to SPOILERS here. I'll try to keep them to a minimum though.

I really wanted to like this book. The cover is so cool, the concept so intriguing. The structure had potential for real brilliance, too--the way Angela's other personalities tell their part of the story in second person and through notes they leave for Angela. But the potential wasn't met, and I found the story less and less believable as I read.

First of all, this book is about a hugely traumatic experience. Angela is abducted, and physically and sexually abused to the point where she splits into multiple personalities and the Angela part of her doesn't remember anything. But she is so flippant about the whole thing. At one point, as she's getting ready to have a full medical exam only hours after returning home--poked and prodded to determine if she's been raped--she discovers horrible scars on her ankles from where she'd been shackled. What does she think to herself? That she is "never, ever going to wear sandals again."

This lack of real emotion and realistic reaction occurs through the entire book. There were SO many variables thrown in--what happened to her during her missing years, the amnesia, the split personalities, changes in her parents lives while she was gone, her friends lives changing, things emerging from her past...and Angela takes it all in stride, joking about things, never crying. Even with the other personalities there to "protect" her, she'd be completely overwhelmed, but she goes right back to school, goes to dances and on dates, and even babysits for the neighbor.

That right there had me, as a parent, completely freaked out. I'm sorry--Angela's parents know she has other personalities inside her, personalities that take over her and make her black out for hours, and they let her babysit someone else's infant????? Seriously?

And other characters were unbelievable as well. Most were pretty flat, to be honest.

Just last week I read another YA novel that dealt with mental illness, and I've read several YA novels that deal with topics like suicide and abuse. Incredible, insightful, deep, emotional, and rich stories. Everything this book was not, I'm sorry to say. The fact is, if you're going to pick a dark topic to write a story around--and sexual abuse, especially to the extent present in this story--a light tone and simplistic voice just does not work. It felt completely unbalanced and awkward.

I gave the book two stars instead of one because I actually finished it--although I skimmed the last third of the book just to see if my guesses about certain things were true (they were)--and I could see *potential* in the author's writing.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Review from Esther's Ever After 26 février 2014
Par Brenna - Publié sur
I've been interested in crime stories since I was a kid (too much Law & Order!) and I've been on a Criminal Minds kick recently so it was unsurprising when I picked up Pretty Girl-13 after I finished writing my last exam and couldn't put it down until I was finished.

As hard as these types of stories can be to read, I love to read them because I find they really challenge me both as a reader and as a person. It forces you to empathize (or at least sympathize) with a character, as you experience the same struggles they do in the book. But I had a couple issues with Pretty Girl-13 by the time I finished it.

Reasons to Read:

1. An inside look at life post-abduction:

What happens to Angie is horrific, but I appreciated learning about it from her perspective rather than anyone else's. I tend to read about these horrific events objectively, but I think it's equally important to consider what happens after a girl who's been missing for 3 years comes back home... from her perspective. Because while it's happy on one hand, it's also extraordinarily difficult on the other. She comes back into her life, but everything has changed so much it's nearly unrecognizable.

2. The story of a girl with exceptional strength:

Pretty Girl-13 is truly a testament to the strength possessed by those who undergo such horrific circumstances. It's incredible to see the way Angie did her best to protect herself, and the lengths she'll go to protect others as well.

3. Mysteries & plot twists:

The story in this book is different because Angie doesn't remember the past 3 years of her life - any of the time she spent abducted and held captive. So the difficulty for her is to try and put together exactly what happened to her and if she even wants to remember. There are plenty of surprises and secrets to be uncovered throughout it all which makes for a thrilling read.

But while Pretty Girl-13 started off so well, I didn't feel like it maximized the potential it had. If anything, it seemed to work against the overall message of the story. What happens to Angie is horrific and positively terrible. But by the end, it felt like she was just having every possible unspeakable thing thrown at her to make it as shocking as possible. Many of the twists didn't seem to serve the overall purpose of the story, but just for shock value. I know that stories like this aren't entirely imagined and they really do happen in real life. But some of these weren't tied in to the story well enough and really felt gratuitous.

And when I finished, I had to think over many aspects of the book. And I realized how many plot holes there were - there are some obvious secrets that should have been uncovered earlier on in the story, because others were in a perfect position to discover it and failed to, even when it would have been obvious to them. (I don't want to spoil anything, so I'm forcing myself to be vague.) There were times when I didn't find Angie's responses to be plausible either, because of how easily she is able to move on after recalling various events that happened in her life.

So overall, while I liked the book and its message, it felt lacking in retrospect when I had really hoped for more and it seemed like I could expect that much of Pretty Girl-13.

Hardcover purchased personally.
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