Such a Pretty Girl, a review by Shelley

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T. Greenwood

Kensington Books
Publishing October 25, 2022
304 pages


I couldn’t help but think of Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby and of course, I remember those Loves Baby Soft adverts from the 70s’. They were creepy then and they are creepy now. The book is also reminiscent of the Jeffery Epstein scandal, but this story focuses more on the mother/daughter relationship than the scandal itself and that’s what I enjoyed most about it.

The mother in this story is bad, really bad. She is negligent, a narcissist, selfish, self-centered, and exploits her daughter in many ways, she was an awful stage mother too. I am sad to say she reminded me of my own mother, who was selfish as well, just in a different way and she never exploited me. It was a tough subject to read about but things like this happen every day. I enjoyed the two timelines that are narrated by our main character, Ryan. She was one tough cookie and became the type of mother her own wasn’t.

This was such a thought-provoking read with an excellent plot that takes on the #metoo movement in a unique way. The characters weren’t always likable they were definitely interesting and very real, I actually felt their raw emotions.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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