Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Pretty Girl-13

Expected publication: March 19th 2013 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
*Approved via netgalley
Synopsis via Goodreads
Pretty girl 13 when she went missing

to her family, 

to her friends, 
to the world


but still missing 
her self

In Liz Coley's alarming and fascinating psychological mystery, sixteen-year-old Angie Chapman must piece together the story of her kidnapping and abuse. Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing—and ultimately empowering—page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

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. 

Liz ColeyAbout the Author

Liz Coley writes fiction for teens and for the teen in you. Her first published work was science fiction short stories, published in Cosmos magazine and several anthologies. Liz lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, her teenaged daughter, a snoring dog, and a limping old cat. When she's not involved in writing-related activities, she can be found sewing, baking, shooting photos, playing tennis, and singing. Liz loves reading aloud.


  1. I really glad you loved this one, Shane! I do agree Liz managed to keep it from getting too extremely depressing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm very happy with all the positive reviews I see popping up everywhere. I won this book not so long ago and I can't wait for my copy to arrive. It sounds intense and I can't wait to meet Angie.

    Great review!

  3. awesome review.I am exited to read this one. Hopefully i will be listening to the audio in the next month. I am hearing such wonderful things about the book, I can't wait!

  4. I can't wait to read this! It has been patiently waiting on my shelf!


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