Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Pretty Girl Thirteen by Liz Coley

Title: Pretty Girl Thirteen
Author: Liz Coley
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 28th February 2013
Pages: 304
Genres: Young Adult/Paranormal Thriller
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

When sixteen-year-old Angie Chapman walks in the front door of her house, everything looks the same.

The same, but not quite.

Why is her handsome father's black hair completely grey?

Why does her mother collapse in tears? Then they tell her: she has been missing, presumed dead, for three years.

But while Angie can't recall a single detail of where she has been or how long she's been gone, there are people who do remember. People who can tell her everything. If only they weren't locked inside her mind.

Is she ready to learn the truth about Pretty Girl Thirteen? 

When I first received this book, I had no idea what to expect. I had never heard about this book before, and from reading the press release that came with it, I didn't think it would be my kind of book. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised!

The story starts with a thirteen-year-old girl called Angie, who is in the woods on a girl scout camping trip. Early one morning, she goes into the woods to pee. One moment she's innocently crouching amongst the leaves, and then suddenly she is three years older, on her own street walking towards her house. Through DNA tests and assessments, she finds out that she has been violently and sexually abused. However, she doesn't remember anything about what happened in the three year gap in her life. That's when she finds out she has developed Disassociative Identity Disorder, meaning her brain has created multiple identities that she constantly switches between, much to the confusion of her family and friends.

I think this is the only psychological thriller I've ever read, but I'll certainly try to read more of those from now on. This book didn't disappoint!

The only fault I found was that I didn't feel very connected to Angie. For someone who is meant to be confused, overwhelmed and emotional she didn't say much about how she was feeling. It was hard to feel empathy for her - actually, I felt quite detached. However, this isn't a huge problem for me as the plot was fantastic and unique!

I know I would have read this book in one sitting if that was possible (school gets in the way of everything...). It's such a gripping book and I could hardly bear to put it down!

One thing about this book: there are a LOT of twists. Some of them seemed pretty unnecessary to me, but they didn't really do any harm to the story. Some of them were predictable, and some of them added just the right amount of drama.

'Pretty Girl Thirteen' is a very enjoyable read - although it's really creepy in some places, but that adds to the excitement of it all! I recommend this to everyone. Mysterious, poignant, exciting and sinister - not to be missed! 5/5.


  1. This book sounds amazing! I really want to read it now! Lovely review, Amber! I'm really going to have to scour the bookshops once it's released. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Thanks Lucy! It's out today! Good luck with your search ;D

  2. Brilliant review, Amber! Seen this one floating around the blogosphere and I've been lusting after it ever since. So glad you liked it apart from the disconnecting. Nothing worse than the character glossing over their feelings :(
    But...yaaaaaaaaaaay :D

  3. Great review, Amber! I love your new rating system, the hearts are so cute :D
    I haven't heard of this before but now I'm really intrigued. I love books with twists! It makes it so much more gripping! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thank you! It literally took me five hours to go through all of my blog posts and add the new rating system...*sighs*. Glad someone appreciates it though!

      You should definitely read this Zoe, you won't regret it. :)

  4. Hi Amber,
    Thanks for sharing. This sounds like an intresting yet creepy thriller and I might have hunt it down. Happy Blogging.

    - Sunny @

    1. Thanks for your comment! It's certainly creepy, but in a good way if that makes sense!