Pretty Is

Pretty Is

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"[A] stunning, multilayered debut . . . . with a great deal of intelligent, beautifully written panache. . . . What a satisfying novel, with its shifting perspectives and competing stories and notion that our relationship to the truth changes with time and distance." - The New York Times

A fiercely imagined fiction debut in which two young women face what happened the summer they were twelve, when a handsome stranger abducted them

Everyone thought we were dead. We were missing for nearly two months; we were twelve. What else could they think? - Lois

It's always been hard to talk about what happened without sounding all melodramatic. . . . Actually, I haven't mentioned it for years, not to a goddamned person. -Carly May

The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still. Maggie Mitchell's Pretty Is beautifully defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime story expectations and announces the debut of a masterful new storytelling talent.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781627791489
Branch Call Number: MIT
Characteristics: 306 pages.


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Jan 12, 2018

I was really disappointed in this book. It focused too much on the victims, you never understood the motivations of any of the characters. You never got beyond the girls, who never seemed really bothered about being kidnapped!

Mar 02, 2016

I enjoyed reading the beginning of this book anticipating the real story of the girls' kidnapping. However, I came to see towards the end many questions were left unanswered. We know the girls were kidnapped, but there is no real story behind the kidnapper or why he did it. The book is really about how the kidnapping changed the girls and who they became after it.

Sep 23, 2015

I really liked the first half of the novel simply because I found reading about grown up kidnapped victims strangely fascinating. My biggest problem with the book was the ending. There is little resolution and you left with a thousand unanswered questions. After finishing, I was left feeling unsatisfied.

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