Title: Pretty Girl-13
Author: Liz Coley
Release Date/Publisher: March 19th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: February 21st 2013
Reminiscent of the Elizabeth Smart case, Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological mystery about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity.
Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts 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 past three years of her life?
Angie doesn’t know.
But there are people who do—people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her “alters.” As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?
Liz Coley’s alarming and fascinating psychological mystery is a disturbing-and ultimately empowering-page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.
What I thought:
This book was creepy, a bit disturbing at times but it really draws you in. It’s hard to explain what’s so good about this book without revealing too much, but I think it’s really the reality of it. Kidnapping does happen to real people, and those people find ways to survive the horrors of what happens during that.The multiple personality disorder Angie gets because of this is real too, although rare as far as I know. In the end though it actually saves her life.
Angie was kidnapped when she was a kid and because of her brain’s way of coping with this trauma, she forgets 3 years of her life. So much happened to her in those years, and as you read you’ll see just why she had to block it all out to survive. Coming home after all that time isn’t all happy right away either. She has to try and go on with her life, but it seems as if everyone’s left her behind and she can’t pick it up again so easily. Especially when the personalities continue taking over and talking to her. I think the one doing the rocking at night was the creepiest personality.
I know I was shocked at quite a few things as I read this, especially figuring out exactly what did happen during those years to her. It’s a good book and I really enjoyed it, but definitely be prepared for some of the stuff that gets mentioned as a result of her kidnapping (such as rape).