Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley Review

pgPlot According to Goodreads: 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.

My Thoughts: WOW! This book is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve read the last page. There is a lot I want to tell you about this book but it’s best to find things out on your own. I went into this book expecting a typical kidnapping story and got something completely different, but in a good way. The main character, Angie, is very likable, I wanted to reach through the book and give her a hug several times while reading. The plot was fascinating, focusing on a controversial and confusing subject, but explained in a way that made a lot of sense and provided a lot of insight. It eluded to some of the grittier parts of Angie’s captivity, but the author only showcases a tiny glimpse into the horrors of her experience, and allows the reader to imagine the rest. The focus of the story is more on how Angie copes with who she is after her ordeal, rather than on the 3 years she was missing.  On the negative side, there were a few blaring plot holes, but they didn’t take away from the story and were necessary to make the story more gripping, in my opinion.

I would classify this book as one of my favorite books of 2015. It is definitely worth a read if you are a fan of thrillers and psychological stories.

My rating: 5/5  stars

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