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Pretty Is
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
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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 TimesA fiercely imagined fiction debut in which two young women face what happened the summer they were twelve, when a handsome stranger abducted themEveryone thought we were dead. We were missing for nearly two months; we were twelve. What else could they think? -LoisIt'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 MayThe 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.
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wallacereads
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
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Working on finishing my third book for the #24in48 readathon. How great is this bookmark from Bucharest?!

UwannaPublishme 😍👍🏻 5y
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wallacereads
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
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I am not doing as well as I like on the #24in48 due to some other priorities, but I am home now and ready to bunker down for the rest of the weekend. Switching tracks to something a bit lighter...I think! #mountTBRchallenge

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KarenUK
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
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#day20 #septembowie #ohyouprettythings ..... Something from my TBR... the rating aren't great on Litsy, but the lovely @Booksandcooks 's review had me sold👍😊

Marchpane It does sound good! 5y
Cinfhen #whatsthebeefLitsy This book sounds really good! I'll be curious to read your review 5y
Megabooks Thanks! 😊 I hope you enjoy it! 5y
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

I really loved this. Fantastic $3 book outlet find! I'm sorry it has such a bad rating. It suffers from misleading blurb syndrome. It's a story about two women who were affected in strange ways by a rather benign kidnapping. No thriller here. Just two really interesting character studies. I couldn't get enough of these women!

Megabooks Also count me as a member of the #LitsyMigraineClub tonight! 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 6y
ReadingEnvy Hey! Can you email me? My username at gmail. Thanks! 6y
saresmoore "Misleading blurb syndrome"—yes! Sorry for the migraine, though. 6y
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ValerieAndBooks Hope your migraine goes away quick!! 6y
Megabooks @ReadingEnvy Email sent! 6y
Megabooks @saresmoore Happens too often! Thank you! 6y
Megabooks @ValerieAndBooks Thanks! 💜💜 6y
Megabooks @ReadingEnvy Let me know if you didn't get my reply to yours. My phone was acting weird. 👍🏻 6y
mrozzz Interesting! I almost picked it up the other day but decided against it. 6y
Megabooks @mrozzz It was a random choice for me. I always feel I lucky when they work out! 6y
mrozzz 👌🏻me too! 6y
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Megabooks
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
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I'm listening to And the Band Played On (amazing!!) while drinking coffee and just started this hardcover book. It has an abysmal rating on Litsy. We'll see... Any other late night people doing the #24in48 #readathon? Any other Littens awake?

WarpedSweetness I'm awake, though not doing the readathon. I'm trying to catch up on reading I've neglected all week. 6y
Megabooks @WarpedSweetness Nice to find someone else awake. 👍🏻 My dog is already begging for breakfast. We usually don't do this! 6y
LauraJ Just winding down. 😴 6y
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WarpedSweetness @Booksandcooks It is currently 3:05am here. I had a long nap earlier in my day and now I'm wide awake. I should go to sleep soon, but I have more reading I want to do. 6y
Megabooks @LauraJ Have a good night's sleep! 6y
Megabooks @WarpedSweetness Yes! I had a nap in the afternoon yesterday then slept from 8-2, so I feel I've gotten a fair bit of sleep. I'm east coast, and I'm guessing you're mountain? I always feel cool when I go to the mountain time zone because it's so small. Idk. That's probably weird. 😉🤣🤣 6y
GypsyKat You're doing fantastic!!! 6y
Megabooks @GypsyKat Thanks!! 6y
WarpedSweetness @Booksandcooks That's not weird! Lol I am mountain time. I used to be eastern time, but I recently moved in March so I'm still getting used to it. Lol 6y
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Jessclay10
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
Panpan

This should not be listed as a suspense novel. I could have cared less about any of it.

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Gleefulreader
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Panpan

This started out with an interesting premise: two girls are abducted without force when they are 12 years old and live with their kidnapper in the woods for two months before being rescued. The story picks up with them as adults living as a professor and an actress. Ultimately though, an interesting beginning fell apart under the weight of too many layers, questions and nonsensical plot devices with a disappointing ending.

BookBabe Great review 👍🏻 6y
Gleefulreader @BookBabe thank you so much! 6y
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Gleefulreader
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She is speaking here of the book-within-a-book that is part of this novel. I wonder if the author is self-aware enough that this is a wink at the reader, as this book neatly fits this description.

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Gleefulreader
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Ooh - I like this. Because how many words have I stumbled over pronouncing when suddenly asked to say then out loud after a lifetime of reading them only in a book.

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Gleefulreader
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
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When you spend the day driving your kid to and fro for a team party, sometimes you just have to head to the bookstore with your gift cards and indulge. This one sucked me in from the first page.

LitHousewife That one looks good!!! 6y
Bette I liked this one, it was unusual. 6y
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Chaggarty
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
Mehso-so

I wanted to like it, but so many problematic aspects that I just couldn't get around. Was the incessant need for acceptance some neo-feminist statement? I just don't know. I don't know if the book knows, either.

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StephD
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
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75% of the way through this book, and just when I thought I knew what's what....I'm thrown for a loop.

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thebookmagpie
Pretty Is: A Novel | Maggie Mitchell
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Pickpick

This was a surprisingly great and creepy read! I wasn't as impressed by the book within a book parts as the straightforward narrative but I honestly could have spent another 300 pages with the two main characters.

susanw I liked this one too! 6y
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tkmadden
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"Only then can you forgive a girl for being pretty: if she's an idiot or a liar." Loving the excerpt of Pretty Is up at #Guernica -- looking forward to the full read.

tkmadden @annabelgraham this might be up your alley. let's book club it! 7y
annabelgraham Ooh can't wait to read this 7y
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