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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 hauntinReminiscent 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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Pretty Girl-13 Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-01-24 23:14

    2.5Just to issue a quick warning: I'm not sure what is to be considered a spoiler for this book as everything seemed glaringly obvious to me but please don't read this if you'd like to be completely unaware of anything to do with Angie's condition (even though it is made known relatively early).This book started very well but became more ridiculous with every chapter that I read. A number of subplots were introduced that did nothing but further complicate the story whilst actually being an attempt to fatten it up as the main focus point was not enough to fill out a complete novel. These bits of plot-padding felt like last minute add-ons and were not blended into the rest of the story as naturally as they should have been. Amongst other things, I am talking about the mother's pregnancy - what did this really contribute to the exploration of Angie's (protagonist) disorder? Besides, of course, allowing room for her to whine about how easily forgotten she had been. Once again, I feel like the idea of this story was far better than the reality and it failed to live up to its potential. I also think your enjoyment of this book will depend on how many psychological mysteries you have read and can use as a comparison; I doubt that I would feel so negatively about this if I had not already read books like Living Dead Girl that explore the mind of abuse victims in a much more effective way.But there was one thing this book reminded me about that I did like: sometimes reality is weirder than fantasy and sometimes the human brain can be scarier than any vampire or demon.The story here is about a thirteen-year-old girl called Angie who goes on a girl scout camping trip in the woods. She wakes early one morning and goes into the woods to pee, one moment she is crouching there amid the pine trees and the next she finds herself on her own street, walking in the direction of her house. She stumbles home in confusion to find that she has been gone for three years, that she is now sixteen and the evidence the doctors take from her body suggests she has been violently and sexually abused. She remembers none of this. Why? Because she has developed Disassociative Identity Disorder (or Multiple Personality Disorder) and therefore her brain has created multiple identities that she switches between in order to cope with traumatic situations. I found this idea truly fascinating, but I fear that may be more to do with the fact that it's the first of its kind that I've read and I've always wanted to learn a bit more about DID. Don't you find the idea of multiple personalities simultaneously interesting and very scary? Imagine sharing your body with several different personalities - completely different personalities - each of them have their own thoughts and motivations and interests. They are essentially different people inside one body. But... isn't personality a creation born from memories and experiences built up through the years to make you YOU? So, if your mind has created them all, how can you be sure there's a "real" one? Or which that is? Doesn't the existence of this condition open up the possibility that we are all several different personalities inside one body but the dominant one is in control? Until, sometimes, it isn't anymore? It's like What's Left of Me but a million times more interesting. Give me a good book on this subject any day, too bad this wasn't the book I've been looking for.One main problem with Pretty Girl-13 is that there are no twists or surprises, no shocking moments, no revelations that make you glad you spent time waiting for the book to drop something amazing in your lap. And maybe that wouldn't be so bad if there weren't so many things I thought COULD HAVE made a great twist if it had been written into the story better. I am going to assume that certain things were not actually meant to be twists - though I'm not 100% sure if they were or not - because I am not a difficult reader to fool or surprise and I saw everything coming. (view spoiler)[ From the disorder itself, to her previous sexual abuse by her uncle, to the voice of the baby - which was the most stupid, ridiculous addition to this book that I didn't want to believe it! (hide spoiler)] Plus, anything that might be considered a twist was actually just a ploy to send the reader spiralling off in a new direction, instead of adding something exciting to the main storyline.Whilst not the primary subject of my dislike, I also didn't appreciate Angie calling one of her alternate personalities THE SLUT just because she was the one who satisfied her captor's sexual appetite. I wouldn't like it whatever the reason, but I felt it was even worse because she was doing it to prevent Angie from having to go through the sexual abuse and was, in fact, a victim of rape. In what fucked up worldview does being raped make you a slut?Not everything is bad, though. I liked the idea of all these different personalities being an important part of Angie, that they were all the different strengths she had within her, ready to come out when she needed to be stronger or more resourceful than she usually is. I guess it really does show the ultimate power of mind over matter in the most testing situations and I had to write my whole review before I finally decided on a rating. I like this idea, I just really wished I liked the book a lot more.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kassidy
    2019-02-10 19:00

    This is such a thought-provoking read! I can't stop thinking about it, I felt so emotionally captivated by Angie's story . I love the all the psychology stuff and the mystery. I love how raw and real it is! I do have to warn that it is disturbing and mature at times. This is just one of those books that will stick with me. The mystery plot line is slightly predictable, but still a crazy and intense journey!

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2019-02-17 20:16

    Everyone needs to go and read this book right now. One of the most thought provoking, unputdownable books I have ever read. I'm sure this book will stay with me for years to come.

  • Giselle
    2019-01-31 01:59

    This is the perfect example of a book you should go into completely blind. I did not read the synopsis beforehand (I think I may have months ago but I couldn't recall anything), nor did I even know the genre. I went in with zero expectation, and came out of it baffled by how it blew me out of the water! Since I think everyone should do like me and go in without a clue, I will not ruin the moment for you either. But I can safely tell you the very basics without changing your reading experience: Angie went missing, then she comes back suddenly, and with absolutely zero memory of the past three years of her life. Three years that, to her, has never passed. Thus she finds herself still in her 13 year old mind, but with a 16 year old body. This, to me, was unbelievable. Leaving me turning the pages frantically to try and get a grip of what exactly has happened to her, WAS happening to her. There are events at the beginning that leave your mind stunned; fascinated, mostly. But soon enough you begin to understand what she's going through, and it opens up a whole new world of intrigue and wonder. The story is raw and gritty, it left me both horrified and in a puddle of my own emotions. Upon turning the last page, all I wanted to do was burst into tears. As the story progresses, we learn exactly what happened to Angie, slowly, piece by shocking piece, until everything fits together at the end. This wonderful, strong, and brave soul really grabbed at my heart. I loved the protagonist and I adored her friends. I do have one qualm with the latter, though: When her friends see her--their missing and presumed dead friend--for the first time after three years, I was not convinced by their reaction. It was underwhelming. I'm also not sure about how the media could have been kept away for so long, or how easy it was for her to re-emerge herself into society without any chinks, not to mention her recovery's progression. These are all easily forgivable in hindsight, though, being a YA novel. Yes the story could afford to be tighter and stronger, had it been more thoroughly dissected, in psychological terms especially--it would have also needed to be longer to achieve this--but the book progresses rather quickly and into a direction that essentially makes these qualms inconsequential to get to the heart of what this story wants to be. For a review on this novel, my plan is to keep it short and to the point and I think that's been achieved. We get into very hard topics, told in an amazingly effective way; intense, piercing, and all-consuming. Now, look away. Look. Away! And just read it!--An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  • Deanna
    2019-02-22 02:10

    I highly recommend this book. I was so engrossed in the book that I had no idea of the time. I finally realized I should probably get to sleep as it was 3am and I hadn't stopped. A tough and emotional read due to the themes it entailed but I was extremely impressed by the writing and delivery. I have always been very interested in the subject matter (I'm not going to say much more as I really don't want to give anything away). I will say it impressed me how much the author must have researched her subjects. Again I will say I highly recommend this book. I am still emotional after finishing it a few days ago. Well done Liz Coley!!!!

  • Reynje
    2019-02-05 00:04

    **This review contains spoilers, please read at your own risk**I’ll keep this brief because I only have so much time I’m willing to dedicate to talking about books I didn’t particularly like and (view spoiler)[YOLO. (hide spoiler)]Despite the hook of the premise and strong, if disorienting, opening - Pretty Girl 13 is an uncomfortable (and I don’t meant that in a compelling, interesting way), mess of a novel. It relies heavily on the protagonist’s Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and her ordeal (view spoiler)[ being kidnapped, repeatedly raped and held captive for three years, along with childhood sexual abuse (hide spoiler)] without adequately addressing any of it. There’s tension and reasonably compelling characters, but the sloppy and problematic handling of both mental illness and the investigation surrounding Angela’s disappearance let the novel down, not to mention some completely absurd plot developments.While the author admits that part of Angela’s “treatment” currently exists in theory only (the “deletion” of alters, rather than therapy to reintegrate them), the fact that it was used to truncate the story really bothered me. Two of Angela’s alters are conveniently erased using this experimental process when they are no longer required in the plot, which feels incredibly disrespectful to me. (I know, I know, ”It’s fiction! Who cares!?” Well, I care.) Coley also attempts to incorporate more traditional (albeit abbreviated) methods of treatment as part of Angela’s recovery, but it’s all very expedient and neat, as if the disorder is only useful so long as it keeps propelling the plot. The other big problem I had with this novel is the ridiculously unrealistic manner in which media coverage of Angela’s reappearance is completely suppressed and / or avoided (until it’s necessary to up the ante in the plot, of course), and the similarly bizarre reactions of the other characters. Despite the fact that Angela’s return to school prompts a horde of fascinated hangers-on and rubberneckers, somehow, not a single whiff of the amnesiac girl who returns after a three-year absence reaches the headlines. Call me jaded but in the age of social media and means of communication that now inform faster than traditional news outlets, this novel apparently believes its readers are idiots. Nor is there any real nuance in the handling of how Angela’s peers process her return and her DID. Confusion, questions, ignorance, misconceptions, shock, curiosity, fear – these I would understand. But there’s no real exploration of how it impacts them or their relationships with Angela. (Of course, there’s jealously and some good-old-fashioned-mean-girl-style ostracising over a boy.) Sorry, but the ”looks like your slutty alter dressed you today, LOL!” reactions just ring false to me. Relatedly, after an intense scene in which Angela – with the assistance of her alters – finally speaks up about (view spoiler)[her paternal uncle sexually abusing her since she was a child (hide spoiler)], there’s little to no discussion of how this affects the family, apart from a couple of lines towards the end of the book. The scene itself abruptly cuts away to another, and this huge reveal of information just sits there.. undealt with. Then there’s the climax, in which Angela discovers (view spoiler)[that the toddler she babysits is in fact her own child - conceived with her captor and rapist, who gave the child up for adoption – who just so happened to end up placed with her next door neighbours. (hide spoiler)] I’ll just leave that there for you to digest, shall I?Sadly, there is much fact in this story. The trauma that Angela’s own mind is trying to protect her from is a reality for some, and I don’t want to take away from the seriousness of that. But I am disappointed in the sensationalist tactics Coley uses in her novel, and the superficial treatment of the numerous issues raised in Pretty Girl 13. I would love to read a more proficient take on this topic, so please throw your recommendations at me if you have them.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-17 23:13

    See more reviews at YA Midnight ReadsWant this pretty? Clicky herePretty Girl-13 is one heck of a ride. Psychological thrillers aren't really my thing. I've always thought of them as well...weird and just creepy. However, this book was surprisingly good. While it had flaws, Pretty Girl-13 is a refreshing and unique read! Thirteen year old Angie goes on a Girl Scout camping trip in the woods. One minute she's walking in the woods, next minute she's walking up the road to her house. Three years later. Angie, lost in confusion finds the fact that she is actually now 16 hard to believe as she felt as if just yesterday, she was packing her bag to Girl Scout camp. It turns out she has Multiple Personality Disorder. As Angie uncovers the shocking facts towards her abrupt disappearance, she endeavours through, meeting her 'alts' different personalities that helped her through her lost 3 years. We dive into the story quickly, I really appreciate that as synopsis already gave us a run down on what happened. Angie is a really different girl to what I normally come by. Even though she had other personalities that were welded by her 'alters' Angie was quite average..but different at the same time. (...) okay this ain't working. Let me paint you guys a picture (not literally. That would be nasty) A girl goes to high school, does the same things from everyone else, but has something special about her, nothing too outstanding but she is empathetic, impulsive and likeable. Now, imagine this girl as our pretty girl-13, Angie the protagonist.From what I have written down in my notes when reading this book, I have detected something I wrote down 4 times unintentionally. 'Lacks depth, couldn't feel any strong attachments to the characters' I really hate it when books lack depth. This one was a minor one, when the story began, everything moved too quickly, I couldn't quite keep up or have some 'text-self' relation. The story line of Pretty Girl-13 is beyond what I expected. It was rather hard to grasp at first, but as the story progressed, I liked it more and more! Pretty Girl-13 is a cannot be missed psychological mystery that keeps you on the edge of the seat the entire time. It could have been dusted up with the depth, but other than that, I really enjoyed this! Totally recommend to seekers of something new!This copy was given for review purposes. No bribes were given to alter the review in anyway. Thank you for letting me have the chance to read such a lovely book Harperteen!

  • Victor Almeida
    2019-02-11 00:22

    Uma abordagem muito boa sobre o Transtorno Dissociativo de Identidade (TDI). Já é um assunto que eu AMO ler e estudar sobre. Sou viciado em ficar buscando documentários, histórias e relatos. E esse foi o primeiro livro que eu li retratando o problema de forma mais direta e explícita. Apesar de ser uma leitura que me entreteve muito por causa do assunto, tiveram alguns defeitos que me incomodaram consideravelmente. Mas falo deles daqui a pouco.Primeiro o que eu gostei: o mistério. O livro me deixou curioso e vívido até a última página. Não queria parar de ler. Ele flui muito bem, e a forma como é contada não foi nada difícil de acompanhar. Amei as razões por trás da existência de cada alter da Angie, e todo o elemento "fantasioso" criado pela mente dele.O problema mora em algumas coisinhas. O livro subestima o leitor em vários momentos. Muitas das coisas foram meio óbvias pela forma como a autora entregou as pistas, e em determinados momentos as coisas eram reveladas como um grande choque, mas você meio que já sabia. Alguns diálogos também eram teatrais demais: "oh minha querida!!", "onde está aquela blusa de marca X que tanto amo??", e outras coisas que te deixam... QUEM FALA ASSIM? Também achei que houve um pouquinho de drama desnecessário por parte da protagonista em coisas que nem eram um auê tão grande assim.A última coisa que me desagradou foi o ROMANCE. Sim! Um romance durante um livro em que a garota está tentando lidar com uma mente toda DESGRAMADA. Afinal, é claro que entre tentar resolver seus problemas psicológicos, e descobrir se o cara que era seu namorado antes do seu desaparecimento ainda está afim de você, a prioridade é sempre o macho. ARGH! O livro perdeu um bom tempo nisso, e me irritou.No mais, foi uma leitura boa. Recomendo muito pra quem tem interesse no assunto. Só peço que tomem cuidado, pois ele apresenta cenas um pouco fortes de abuso, e talvez isso sirva de gatilho pra algumas pessoas. Eu mesmo fiquei um pouco chocado em algumas delas. É isso!

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    2019-01-27 18:55

    Liz did her research and did it well. Especially during chapter 2 where she's being examined. Her writing is very easy, very fluid and you feel like you've been transported in Angie's world, forgetting about your reality. You're literally dropped into the mystery surrounding Angie and at first you're just as disoriented as her. There are different clues as to the horrors that could come to be. Now I don't know about you, but when there's a problem to solve, my mind will fast forward with a million different scenarios, starting small then enlarging into one big mountain of a mole hill. It just so happened that one of my most extreme predictions turned out to be the biggest twist in the book. There was emphasis being portrayed and when that happens you know something is up. I'm still a little shocked about it. I know this happens to people all over the world, but to almost become a shadow in Angie's life was terribly traumatic. Kate is one of those wonderful best friends with a good head on her shoulders and that's exactly what Angie needs.The prologue in the beginning is frightening, terrifying and something most girls should never ever experience. Being told in second point of view is unique and I felt the hairs on my body rise when reading it.I'm thoroughly fascinated with alters. Having it displayed in a book like this makes it even better. Multiple personalities all living in one body, I just can't understand or fathom how crowded it would be to live that. I found it fascinating having her mind still be 13 years old, while her physical body is 16.Psychology plays a big part in Pretty Girl-13. Liz describes it in such a simple and easy way that you have no trouble understanding it at all. If anyone noticed the title also states PG-13, because the issues in this book is very adult and psychologically damaging. I can't stop thinking about this book either, it gave me major book hangover.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-19 21:22

    I really enjoyed reading a book about someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder! I have to admit though I hated her dad and Greg and Yuncle! And the last three chapters.. WOW. It was a definitely an interesting read! Very different.

  • Katherine
    2019-01-25 19:17

    Longer review to come soon after finals crush my soul on Tuesday, but in short...What a thrilling ride and an amazing look inside Multiple personality Disorder, something to rarely discussed in the mental health world (or YA books, for that matter). I thought the author handled it very tastefully and obviously did her research. While I did think some of the main characters "other" personalities were a little far-fetched and not fully developed, overall this was a compelling read. Highly recommended!

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-02-17 00:03

    Fascinating subject, and a hard one to tackle for YA in particular. I've mixed feelings about some of the things it missed, so I think it falls somewhere in the middle of books that involve kidnapping. Possible review to come.

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  • Victoria
    2019-02-01 01:18

    This book is so many things that there are an endless amount of ways to fully describe it! It is heart-wrenching, absorbing, shocking, enthralling, unique, etc.! I just absolutely loved it! Thank you to my friend Johanna for telling me about it, because I began it this morning and have already finished it. This is a memorable book that I think is so worth every second of the time spent reading it.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-26 18:14

    BookNook — Young Adult book reviewsPretty Girl-13 completely took me by surprise! This book is really heavy. It's dark, gritty, and deals with some seriously intense issues. I adored this book, but not in the usual girly, giddy, fan-girl-scream way. I adored Pretty Girl-13 in the sense that it really shook me to my core and left me speechless. It's an extremely sad and emotionally draining book, but it will leave you with dark and heavy thoughts that are sure to change you.My biggest fear going into Pretty Girl-13 was that the "alters" would be confusing. These "alters" are Angie's other personalities. She developed them as a way to cope with extreme physical and emotional abuse. But I was afraid that these multiple personalities would make the book extremely confusing, especially if we were hopping from one personality's point of view to another. But don't worry—none of those fears became a reality; Liz Coley does a wonderful job crafting this book with zero confusion. It's definitely intriguing and a bit freaky to think about, but it's not confusing. For the most part, we don't actually see from the other personalities' points of view (there are a few minor exceptions). Usually when we hear from them it's in the form of a physical letter or recording from one personality to Angie. This more 'physical' way of hearing from the other personalities made it really easy to relate to and almost just view them as separate people.On a similar note: don't be freaked out by the second person point of view in the prologue. I have to be honest, it scared the shit out of me. Second person isn't something you come across often and I was confused, scared, and worried. It kind of put me off on a bad foot with Pretty Girl-13. But the rest of the book (or at least 99% of it) is formatted in a more traditional third person point of view. Now and then we do get the second person narrative, and that's when we're reading from an alter, who's sort of talking to Angie as "You". (I'm afraid I'm making this sound confusing, but I promise—it's not.)Liz Coley did a fabulous job of slowly revealing the information about Angie's capture. We only learn bits and pieces at a time, but each new piece of information is a twist in the story. It's bomb drop after bomb drop, and things just get scarier, creepier, and more traumatic. But Angie was a fabulously strong main character and I was amazed at how well she took everything. She was a real trooper, and I loved that about her! I also loved the integration of therapy. I'm usually one of the people that's a little bit skeptical of therapy, but this book did a great job to demonstrate how therapy can really help a person overcome traumatic experiences, and it was brilliant!Pretty Girl-13 is certainly a dark book and you can't go into it light-hearted, but I highly recommend it if you're looking for an intriguing, fascinating, and devastating read all in one. This book is just as hopeful as it is traumatic, and I love how Angie and Liz are able to point out the light amidst a sea of darkness.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-15 19:06

    This started really promising and the further in I got, the more ridiculous it got.So, in the preface, (view spoiler)[ I figured out that Angie had Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) from the writing alone. It wasn't that hard to piece together. The multiple voices inside, the way she referred to herself as "we," and the way the voices said they would protect her(hide spoiler)] as she went missing. (view spoiler)[ She'd been abducted from her Girl Scout camp.(hide spoiler)] Angie returns to her home three years later, having not been there since she was 13. No one knew where she disappeared to, and she herself has no idea what happened.Coley's novel then delves into putting together the pieces as Angie goes through therapy. (view spoiler)[ There are multiple voices through which we get the story. With a DID patient, the personalities are often a response to compartmentalization. In Angie's case, it came through the trauma she endured while abducted. There's The Slut, who made her abductor sexually satisfied (I want to make a statement on the fact this character is called the slut, despite the fact that the engagement in sex is done to PROTECT her, therefore making her a sex slave and not a slut. But that is sort of a moot point in the grander scheme of things). Then there was Girl Scout, and she was the personality who cooked and cleaned and bore the physical scars of abuse. Then there was Angel, a male personality who was violent and aggressive. These weren't the only voices, but they were the biggest players in her story.(hide spoiler)] As Angie works through the process of discovering the truth of her disappearance, readers learn more about her traumatic history. (view spoiler)[ She was locked in a cabin in the woods and forced to be the sexual servant of her captor. She then began to identify with the captor, thus resulting in Stockholm Syndrome. But that's not all -- the person who'd been her captor was not the person who'd originally sexually molested her. That was her uncle. This revelation about the uncle was an unnecessarily gratuitous plot point, especially in light of everything else that Angie was going through. It actually further complicated the DID storyline, and not in a good or compelling manner.(hide spoiler)]But wait. (view spoiler)[ When Angie finally comes to and all of the experimental and traditional DID treatment work in rapid time, she hears another voice. This time, it's coming from deep inside her. It's the voice of the baby she had with the captor. The baby who -- surprise -- happens to be the child she babysits for right now! As if the story wasn't already convoluted enough, this was icing on the cake. Seriously. Ridiculous.(hide spoiler)] There's more, too. (view spoiler)[ This all comes out when the house that family lives in starts burning down when Angie's babysitting. Angie, of course, saves the child. She comes out scarred. But that scarring and that rescue were the finally pieces in completely solving her DID issue.(hide spoiler)]Also, there is a boy! There were a couple females who could have been good friends but they were sort of secondary to the boy plot. (view spoiler)[ Of course, the boy wants to save her and offer her a shoulder while the girl, Kate, doesn't do anything but tangle awkward sentiments around her. This is strange thing for her to cling to, given all of the trauma in her life.(hide spoiler)]You know who was missing in all of this? The media! (view spoiler)[ Sure, they can be held at bay, but anyone living in today's modern world knows that it's entirely unrealistic Angie wouldn't be hounded, especially since she goes back to the same school she'd attended prior to disappearing! Her former friends wouldn't rat her out, especially as she kind of treats them like crap? Or maybe less the "friends" and more the parents of the friends would be in on this. REALLY? Even when the dead body of her captor is found, there's no media circus? Come on.(hide spoiler)]Here's where the problem lies. Nothing in here is new or original. It tries to meld together the well-developed plot lines of a ton of other contemporary novels and do so in fewer pages, with less reality. (view spoiler)[ Mindi Scott knocks familial sexual abuse out of the park with LIVE THROUGH THIS. Lucy Christopher kills it on Stockholm Syndrome with STOLEN. Brian James's LIFE IS BUT A DREAM was problematic but it tackles dissociative identity disorder appropriately. And Nova Ren Suma's 17 & GONE, while tackling Schizophrenia rather than DID, is much better written, compelling, and does the "things burn at the end of the story" plot line with more urgency and grounding in the story. It's not just there to make a quick plot exit like it is here. There's also Elizabeth Scott's LIVING DEAD GIRL for the plot and strong writing associated with a girl who was held captive by an older man and who emerges years later with the story to tell.(hide spoiler)] What all those titles do that Coley's doesn't is offer a full story. This is a poorly executed mashup of all those plots. And while I suspect a character could experience everything Angie does, the way it's presented here is weak. There weren't really any twists except in the sense that they didn't actually make sense with the plot. It was used ONLY to throw off the reader. It wasn't part and parcel of character development. Since we can't be in Angie's head, we just have to accept it at face value because, well, we have no other choice. It's not that she's not reliable. It's that her (view spoiler)[ alphabet of issues(hide spoiler)] allows her the tools to get around the story. I will say (view spoiler)[ I'm glad it was clear that within Angie, she was a little of all of those voices. They all made her a complete person. She had the agency within her to be angry. To speak up against her uncle. To be angry. To also enjoy traditionally "feminine" pursuits. To have and enjoy sex for herself, rather than for a man. I give Coley big kudos on that.(hide spoiler)] But I do take some issue, too, with the surprise factor of Angie's mom being pregnant when she returns home. Another point of unnecessary plot bloating.

  • Leigh
    2019-02-10 23:59

    Wow! This was a rollercoaster ride! I cannot say that "I can't put it down" because I started reading late yesterday and I was so creeped out that I'm sure to get nightmares when I sleep, so I had to stop. But when I woke up, a bright sunny day, I dived back in and then I didn't put it down. It's been a long time since I read a book this fast, less than 24hours, because I've been a slow reader recently. I didn't expect anything from this book, so the creepiness came as a surprise. I got a bad case of goosebumps! It's the first time in a long time I felt this way, that I had to move around and jump up and down just to get the goosies off! And mind you, there's nothing paranormal in this! I don't want to go into details but just that, again, it creeped the hell out of me! It's not my first time to encounter this issue in a novel, but still! Liz Coley wrote this simply and it's perfect! No dull moment in this book!

  • Kat Heckenbach
    2019-02-14 00:13

    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.

  • Elena
    2019-02-03 20:58

    At times, this book was uncomfortable to read. Rather than being an exciting thriller about a girl's kidnapping and escape, it's about Angie's slow journey back from a three-year captivity--not a physical journey, but a mental one.In the aftermath of her captivity and escape, Angie remembers absolutely nothing about the time that passed between waking up at Girl Scout Camp one morning and finding herself standing on her street three years later with a bag full of clothes that definitely aren't hers. Her parents, the police, and the doctors all say she went through a horrible ordeal, but Angie doesn't remember any of it. She doesn't even feel like she belongs in her own body anymore--it has grown up without her. Angie is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder and through therapy she slowly gets to know her "alters," each of whom holds a different piece of the puzzle of Angie's past. The alters came into being to protect her, but now that Angie is safe, she becomes frustrated by her lost time--by the alter who stays up all night leaving Angie bleary-eyed the next day, by the one who "sluts up" her outfits without Angie even realizing it, by her total inability to recall anything about the three missing years of her life. And in the midst of everything she is also dealing with reintegrating into family and school life after everyone had given her up for dead, and with the mentality of a thirteen-year-old but the body of a sixteen-year-old.I had a few minor concerns about sexism and some one-dimensional characters, but overall this book is difficult but compelling, heartbreaking, and definitely worthwhile.

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    2019-02-17 19:04

    This was a really interesting and engaging thriller. There were parts that seemed very realistic and then other parts that were a little far out there and cliche but overall a really good book. TW: sexual abuse, kidnapping, child abuse, and violence.Review to come.

  • Kirsty
    2019-01-28 18:15

    A very gripping and interesting book. I actually really enjoyed it, even considering the troubling topic of child abuse. The author did an excellent job of balancing the gritty realism with a hopeful undertone.Angie is thirteen when she is abducted and kept captive for three years, after this time she returns home without any memory of the time passing, and not realizing she has aged at all.Throughout medical and psychological examinations, we learn that Angie is suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), or in laymans terms, multiple personalities. This is a condition that Angie's mind has developed to shield her from the trauma she has suffered in order for her to cope, and survive the situation. There are several personalities inside Angie and each had a specific role to play, and dealt with a different aspect of the abuse.The story goes on to describe Angie's journey to becoming whole again, and the struggle of putting all the parts of her fractured psyche back together. As Angie has no memory of the past three years she has to work with her other personalities to gradually remember, and come to terms with the situation she survived, and to try to get them to merge with her so that she is in full control once more.The full explanation, and ramifications of the DID disorder add real substance to this book. Some child abuse based books can fall into the trap of just dealing with the dreadful physical injuries sustained, but there is a huge mental impact that is sometimes overlooked. I never realized that DID was a defense mechanism, and by getting to know each individual personality we slowly realize the horrific events that Angie has been through, discovering it bit by bit as she does.The other facet of the book I enjoyed was the almost out of body experience feeling that Angie had when trying to get back to normalcy. While she was trapped for those three years everyone else around her had to begin moving on. Her parents have had to grieve and say a final goodbye to her, her friends have aged and are different people, and the world has moved on without her. Yet Angie at first feels exactly the same as she did three years ago, except when she looks in the mirror a stranger stares back at her.You would think considering the subject matter that this would be a very depressing book, and there is no getting away from the fact that reading about child abuse is always going to be tough to take. Yet throughout the book is Angie's steely resolve to live a normal life as possible. Her strength and resilience are inspirational, and by the end of the long hard journey I was left satisfied and optimistic that although she would never forget what happened, she would not let it dominate her life any longer.I have to say that the book was excellent. I have read two other fictionalizations of child abuse/abduction, but Pretty Girl Thirteen has to be the best one. It had more realism, and was more relatable than Room, and although I did really enjoy Living Dead Girl, I felt that the psychological factors in Pretty Girl Thirteen made it really stand out.A brilliantly absorbing novel. I'll be looking out for further books by Liz Coley.

  • Jenni Arndt
    2019-01-31 23:22

    Actual rating is 3.5, decided to go with the lower due to predictability.What a riot reading this book was! I have to say that I was surprised to check Goodreads and see that this book clocks in at just over 350 pages after reading my egalley. I breezed through Pretty Girl-13 so fast that I thought for sure it would be in the 200 page range. A story that plays games with your mind and keeps you wondering what will happen just around the corner with every page, this is not one to be missed for sure.Angie went missing on a Girl Scout campout when she was just 13 years old. Her parents exhausted all of their resources searching for her and right when they were about to give up hope, she re-appears. This is 3 years later, she is now 16 years old and remembers absolutely nothing of the last 3 years. According to her she just came home from the campout and is still 13 year old Angie. As the story unfolds it becomes a really great psychological thriller that I felt unraveled at just the perfect pace. One complaint that I do have, however, is that the novels glaring parallels to a certain TV show (that I can’t name for fear of spoilers) made it all a bit too predictable (DM me if you want me to extrapolate). I do have to say that not a lot ended up taking me by surprise and I figured out much of what happened chapters before it was revealed, but nevertheless I had such a good time reading this that it didn’t hinder my reading experience too much.Angie was way more levelheaded for someone who went through what she did than I could have ever imagined. All throughout the story she was able to joke about what she had gone through, I guess this is thanks to her “amnesia”. She didn’t know how to feel about anything because she had no first hand idea about what actually happened to her. She does find herself in a bit of a romance and while the guy who ends up being her love interest was a bit cheesy and cutesy for me, he was still so sweet and I could see how that was just what Angie needed in her life at the time. She also finds a great friend in Kate, who was very supportive of her. I’m not entirely sure that with all the things that happened to her everyone would have been so flippant about it all, including Angie, but for some reason the tone of the story worked. There isn’t too much I can talk about plot-wise here because pretty much anything that I mention would be a spoiler. So just know that this is a really good psychological thriller that keeps you turning the pages at an extremely fast pace. I couldn’t take in this book fast enough, and even though I always saw exactly what was coming, I had so much fun reading it. __An Advanced Reader's Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

  • Chanelle
    2019-02-10 18:01

    On the surface, this was a five star book. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. When I wasn't thinking about it...well, that didn't happen. Too many books focus on the kidnap itself. The time spent being kidnapped. I liked that this looked at the after effects. I liked that it focused on Angie coming home. Because there's trauma there too. Different, but still trauma.The book starts with Angie's return home. It's been three years since she was taken, but to Angie, no time has passed at all. In fact, she still thinks she's thirteen, still thinks she was camping with her friends, still thinks that it's August. She can't quite believe what her stunned parents tell her, and the face in the mirror just isn't hers. But with the help of a psychologist, Angie learns the truth: she has DID (dissociative identity disorder) and there are a number of Angie's, but which one you'll get depends entirely on the circumstance.SPOILERS AHEAD.Like I mentioned above, on the surface this was fantastic. It was interesting, haunting, emotional and tragic. But, unfortunately, the second half of the book led me to a few problems and though I was enjoying what I was reading, in the back of my head I was very disbelieving and quite irritated.A lot of the big twists are revealed and then forgotten. Some of the twists were good ones, ones with a lot of fallout after. With 90% of these cases, the fallout wasn't mentioned. It was skipped and we were briefly told what happened later. It wasn't good enough for me.My biggest complaint of this was after Angie attacks Yuncle and her parents find out what had happened. I expected this huge emotional scene, especially a confrontation between Angie and her father, and instead that wasn't explained. We're later told her parents accepted it and now her Grandma won't come to Christmas? It felt to me like a cop out.Another complaint...when Angie manages to mould two of her alters with her own personality, she gets back all of their memories and isn't affected one tiny bit by it. The girl was held captive for 3 years and terrified of her captor, not to mention the incident that caused her to have an alter in the first place. But she doesn't think about it or react to it at all. She carries on dating and babysitting and going on with life as though none of that never happened. For me, that was really unrealistic.There were more things I had a problem with, but I won't go into it. Because at the end of it all, I still really enjoyed reading it. I devoured the entire book and finished it quickly. I wanted more and more and more. And actually, maybe I'm so annoyed at the parts missed out because in fact, I just wanted to know more and that's a sign of a good story. If I didn't care about the book, I wouldn't want more!4 stars.

  • Alexia
    2019-01-31 02:12

    I have had this book on my Goodreads shelf since right before I started blogging, but I’ve only owned a copy of it for a few months. I am honestly kicking myself for not reading it sooner because it had EVERYTHING in it that I love. It was the perfect example of a dark contemporary, which I love. Dark, horrifying themes throughout the book. Things that made my stomach turn. It was actually very reminiscent of All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark. That was another book I absolutely loved. It’s an oldie, but goodie.Anyway, back to Pretty Girl-13. We start off with a prologue that details where Angela was before she was kidnapped. It was early in the morning and she was on a Girl Scout camping trip with her friends, Katie and Livvie when she was taken by the man.Fast forward to 3 years later and she doesn’t even know 3 years have passed. She’s just walking home and she thinks she’s walking home from the camping trip. But she’s not. She’s been gone for three years and when she returns home, she has to face so much. She has to face her family, who have seemingly moved on without her. She has to face her friends, who are now juniors in high school and she has to face the law enforcement who want to put her kidnapper behind bars.There’s just one problem with that. Angie doesn’t remember anything from her time with him.There’s a reason for that. There’s a reason she can’t remember anything from her time with him. There’s also a reason deep dark secrets are buried away in her brain and she has no knowledge of the secrets. The reason will horrify you and make your stomach turn. It will also make you question everything you’re being told in this story.I loved Angie. She wanted to figure out who the mystery kidnapper was. She wanted to find out exactly what had happened to her in those three years. She wanted to know why she couldn’t remember anything. She wasn’t afraid to do the work in order to find out what happened to her. Even the hypnosis. Even the more experimental treatments.She had the support of her family and even Katie, her best friend from when she was thirteen. Katie had become a bit of a leper in recent time and Angie is really her only friend. That made me sad, but it also made me happy that Katie stuck by her throughout the book. At a time when Angie really needed support, Katie was there, supporting her and loving her.This book was really good and I am SO glad I finally read it as part of our readathon. I really want to talk about more of the book, but I’m trying to avoid giant ass spoilers. If you enjoy “dark contemporaries” and haven’t read this one, you need to.

  • Whitney
    2019-02-18 00:13

    I really wanted to like this book, but I have read way too many true-life accounts of multiple personalities to be able to take it seriously. The plot twists were way too obviously foreshadowed, and there are major plot holes.SPOILER ALERTS(view spoiler)[To start with, it takes WAY more than a few months to integrate multiple personalities -- we're talking years, maybe DECADES. Ridiculous. Second, Angie's reactions to her new memories and integrations are equally ridiculous. She figures out that she has an extra alter she didn't know about, and she's upset because it happened during finals week and she needs to study? Seriously? You can't get an extension when you've just recently returned to school after being held captive by a sadistic f*$% and you're trying to catch up on 3 years of lost education? And even if you couldn't, isn't it slightly more important that you have A NEWLY DISCOVERED EXTRA PERSONALITY? (Oh, and also, there are boys. Because you have time for that when you're skipping through grades, babysitting, and integrating your abused personalities.)Lastly, HUGE SPOILER, aside from giving the whole thing away to any semi-experienced reader halfway through the book, the pregnancy plot twist is super-ridiculous. Not because that couldn't happen -- many of the true crime stories I've read include pregnancies and childbirth -- but because it would be quite obvious to the doctors who examine the girl post-escape at the beginning of the book, that she was a 16-year-old girl WHO HAD GIVEN BIRTH. Jesus Christ on a shingle.(hide spoiler)]Now, having said all that, I would say the beginning of the book had me hooked, but about 1/3 of the way in, my continued reading became morbid curiosity to see if it was really going the way I thought it was. (It was.) There was potential here, it just didn't pan out.

  • MagicalReads
    2019-02-16 18:13

    It's been hours and hours since I finished this book, yet, I hadn't write a review. What could I say, which words could I use to say how much I loved this book?The story was so interesting. I had nvcer read about multiple personalities but found it to be very interesting. The main character and her alters were so strong for going through what they both and all went through.I also learned a lot about DID and found it very interesting. I'm also amazed by how human's brain can work and what it can do. I just found it to be fascinating.The way the story was told was great. I could realy feel like the main character and her alters and see what they saw.This book was truly amazing and I loved it. But as I almost always do when I like a book, I whish I could read more of it.The writing was great even through the use of "she" to refer as the main character and word like "dady" to refer as her dad was a little bit confusing in the begining. Not that I didn't understanf it and who it refers to just that it felt like a first and third person narrative at the same time. But somehow, I liked it. Don't know why but I did.The descriptions were good and it felt like I could see what the character and her alters have seen, and I could get their feelings.Anyway, I just loved this book and I highly recommend it.

  • Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads)
    2019-02-01 23:10


  • Grace
    2019-02-16 00:06

    TW: Molestation, and Sexual Assualt, Abuse, PedophiliaThis is a story I went into not expecting too much because I really never heard anything about it. I just know when I first joined GRs years ago I read the synopsis and really found it interesting. Typically, when you choose a book for your TBR list from years ago your thoughts and interests change. But for some reason. I still wanted to read this and that is why when I saw it I bought it, that is why it has been on my TBR for the longest amount of time out of any other book on my shelf, even if I've moved it on and off several times. It's always been there. I picked it up and know now that there was a reason I never moved past wanting to read this book. It is a book I think I needed to read and I think anyone and everyone should really read it. Now that all that rambling is out of the way to let me just give you a brief description of the plot. We follow a young girl named Angela. When she was thirteen years old she vanished, then three years later she walks back into her families life. She still thinks she's thirteen years old and has no recollection of what happened during those three years that were wiped from her mind. So, of course, her case is brought back completely renewed and the search begins all over again.She's placed in therapy because they are worried about what could've caused her to ultimately just not age mentally and resulted in her not recalling anything during that time. And things go from there.I just I thought this was only going to be an exciting psychological thriller but it turned out to be way more than that, I did, of course, have some problems with certain language used here and there but this resulted in character growth for our main character. Something I really appreciated.I found some of the reactions to meeting someone they didn't like came across as incredibly juvenile but you can't expect much from a thirteen-year-old living in a sixteen-year-old girl's body. But these were my only real issues with the actual story. The story overall opened my eyes to the struggle that many women and men have faced in their lives and also gave me a better understanding of something that is often doubted by many as a thing that is possible and does happen. I feel enlightened after reading this story.Not to mention some parts in this book just completely blindsided me. I feel really stupid for not picking up on certain things, but the story overall had so many moving parts and components to it that they distracted you from delving deeper into other side parts of the story. I think Liz Coley really thought out everything that happened in this story.It really got me thinking, I see what she wanted to do and she also gave me some perspective on things I have never really truly thought about. If anything, I really do think this is a story everyone should read. I know certain uses of the S word can turn people away from it, but I urge you to push through the story and finish it.This is a book I'd say everyone should read alongside the S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher.Both talk about an important subject matter that is also sensitive and approach them both differently but they still both have an important message. I think people should really give these underrated books a look.

  • Wendi Lee
    2019-02-14 21:54

    This book makes me feel very conflicted. It's the sort of novel that gets you invested from the very first chapter, and holds you hostage until the last page. Angie was abducted from a Girl Scout camping trip when she was thirteen years old. She returns to her family's home three years later, with no memory of what had happened to her. With the help of a savvy psychologist, Angie discovers that she suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and her other alters (or personalities) hold memories of what happened to her during those long years.I really hated some of the characters in this book. Her father's response to her coming home is awful! It's explained later that he has a lot of guilt from her disappearance, but does it really have to keep him from interacting with his traumatized daughter?? Angie's fairweather friends are equally despicable, with the exception of one. I felt very badly for Angie. Lots of the traumatic events happen off page, filtered through her alters, but even with that small comfort, she has a lot of difficulty integrating back into her old life. It seems as if the other people around her expect her to rebound quickly. I wanted to shout at them: she was prisoner for three years!!! Give her some space!!!! Grrrr. And then some of the details were a bit unbelievable. The detective was very nice and caring, but I didn't understand why he would make the choice at the end of the novel. In any of the police procedural novels I've read, people would be demanding the police department tidy up any loose ends. I also found it hard to believe that reporters didn't find out sooner who Angie was, and that they gave up hounding her (and the detective) so quickly after they had. The choice that Angie makes at the end also saddened me. Trying not to spoil anything, but I can see how that decision will haunt her as she gets older, or when the circumstances in her life change. All in all, "Pretty Girl-13" is a highly readable, highly debatable YA thriller.

  • Faye, la Patata
    2019-01-26 02:18

    Can also be read on The Social Potato.Thank you Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for the free copy of this novel in exchange for a review. This did not influence my review in any way.Despite the three stars I gave, I did somehow enjoy this. I love reading psychological thrillers, because I find the human psyche intimidating and fascinating, and books that explore this are far and few between. Liz Coley writes a rather unique approach to this with Pretty Girl-13, providing us, readers, a chance to see what has happened in Angie's life when she was kidnapped and held captive through her eyes and the eyes of her alternate personalities, different sides of her who took over her being in order to protect her from the dangers she was surrounded by. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people will love this, based on the premise alone.So why did I not like this enough to give it 5 stars? I have a feeling I'll be one of the minority here, but here are some reasons why:NARRATIVEThere was simply not enough narrative for me to absolutely and 100% emphatize with the main character, Angie. There would be a passing sentence or two here and there saying what she felt, and then it would go back to "she did this, and then did that", telling us what actions she did next. As someone who was confused, lost and utterly bewildered with the circumstances, you'd expect you'll find out more of what Angie was going through emotionally through the internal narration. But because it was the opposite, it didn't become as "personal" as I hoped it to be. There were a lot of scenes that were supposed to be dramatic and powerful, but because I didn't feel intimate enough with Angie, it simply felt... not dull, not boring, but lacking? I truly wish that I read more of what Angie felt in the book - they simply needed to be told, especially since they come from a traumatic experience. I think it would have been better if the story was told in the first person point of view, for perhaps that way, there would be more room and opportunities for internal monologue and emotions. I wanted to feel sad and frustrated like the heroine, but I really just couldn't...CHARACTERSAs previously said, there were many sides of Angie here, sides of hers that took over her body whenever certain circumstances happened. To be honest, I found the other sides of hers to be more interesting. They were fun to read, and I actually felt more for them (but then again, these personalities or personas were the ones who experienced all the bad stuff), than the main one. It's a shame we don't see a lot of them, and it's a shame that her other sides had little to no internal dialogue. It would have been cool to know more about them aside from what we discover in the letters they wrote for the main personality, because these other personas were actually the ones who brought color in the book. DILEMMAS (twists?)Phew. One thing you need to know about this book, it's this: there are a LOT of twists, or dilemmas (problems Angie has to face), that after a while, it starts to feel the others were simply no longer necessary. Some of them were predictable, some were not, and some felt were simply added to make the character seem more vulnerable and helpless.Like for example, after getting back from three years of absence, she meets two of her three best friends. The third one became an outcast after reporting to the police a party that reeked of disaster. She makes out with the guy BF, and regrets it because he already was the boyfriend of the other BF. Then he comes back, tells the heroine they aren't really together-together, and then they have sex. Conveniently, he breaks up with the other one, but being more mature this time, our heroine rejects him. He gets back with the other BF, and both of them come back to Angie with a vengeance, as they tried to make her life miserable.Really? Was that just necessary? Angie already has enough on her plate, and here comes again another dilemma she has to face. Certainly, there are others, and it simply becomes too much after a while (well, it seemed that way anyway to me). She overcomes all of these, of course, and suffice to say, she would have matured either way, with or without those problems placed there. Halfway, I felt "choked" with all of the things she had to go through. Can't they simply give her a rest already?!Overall, this is a promising read. Yes, it wasn't as emotional and gripping as I thought it would be, based on the fact this is a psychological thriller, but it was a decent read nonetheless. It may not have worked for me, given that I expect a lot from books, but I won't be surprised if others like this a great deal. It tackles a lot of sensitive issues that may not be suited for the faint-hearted, but come on, it's part of life, so you may as well read about it :PA solid 3 - 3.5 stars.