Review: ‘Pretty Girl-13’ by Liz Coley

Review: ‘Pretty Girl-13’  by Liz ColeyPretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
Published by Harper Collins on March 19th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 344
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological thriller about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity and then piece together her own identity.

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.

With a tremendous amount of courage and support from unexpected friends, Angie embarks on a journey into the darkest corners of her mind. 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 people responsible, or is there another way to feel whole again?

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.

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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.

reading progress



Were they kidding? Were they crazy? She couldn’t have been missing for three years. That wasn’t the kind of thing a person would…just forget. (11)
I want my life back, you bitch. (37)
I never, ever, ever, ever gave up on finding you. (58)
There’s much to admire in a survivor, isn’t there? (124)
Ask yourself if a guy who’d use you like that is worth it and come to the obvious conclusion. (189)
Happiness is the best revenge. (189)




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