Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Weiss

They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three. Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith was eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifheen, and today her father is coming home from prison. Today her time runs out.

What is it that makes this book unique? Seperate from others? Is it the MC's security, safety that she finds in numbers? Is it the MC's paralysis when it comes to the subject, the predator? Or was it just because she was assualted intimately, and mentally unprepared for the situation before her very eyes?
Or was it simply just that the MC was raped, at an age that she didn't even know what her parents do in the bedroom that makes so much noise.
Whatever it is, be it being in the beginning, middle, or end of the story--because that's what it is, a story--its definitely something that stands out from the rest.
Meredith was trudging along those three years of liberty. But even she admits to herself that they were the best years after what happened. Four being her safety number, eight being her double strength. If you don't understand the metaphor, just look down at your clenched fists, you'll get it. For me to just get through the words that the MC's mother exploits was just, so frustrasting, so infuriating, I'm surprised... First, that the book didn't burn into flames from the fire of my own rage. Second, at the fact that anybody in their right mind would say things like that.
Anyway, before I spoil to much... To say this story was informative is just ludicrous. To say this story was inspirational, perceptive, intuitive, still won't do it justice. I don't think any specific word really can, but that doesn't mean I'll stop looking for one.
Check this one girl's story out here, and for the life of me, read what it has to say and the author's answers in the back of the book. You will not regret it, I promise you that.

Grade: B