Pretty Is

Pretty Is

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"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 When precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in an Adirondack hunting lodge for two months. Maggie Mitchell's spellbinding debut Pretty Is is about the repercussions of that formative summer, when two girls who previously did not know each other shared an experience that would shape all their days to come. At the novel's start, Lois Lonsdale has begun teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York. Out in LA, Chloe Savage (formerly Carly May) is a lonely actress, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie script with a shockingly familiar plot comes into their lives, the women must grapple with unresolved losses and gains that have lain hidden for years behind the public's feverish presumptions."--
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781627791489
Branch Call Number: MITCH
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG 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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