So Much Pretty

So Much Pretty

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Five months after she disappeared, Wendy White's body is found in a ditch just off one of Haeden's main roads. Suddenly, reporter Stacy Flynn has a big story, but no one wants to talk to her in this small upstate New York town. Then fifteen-year-old Alice Piper, an imaginative student with a genius IQ and strong ideals, begins to connect the dots of Wendy's disappearance and death when a second crime rocks the town to its core.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451616750
1451616759
1451616775
9781451616774
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFFMAN 2011
Characteristics: 283 p. ; 24 cm

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An exploration of violence and vengeance.


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beachcat2
Nov 09, 2012

Not an easy read, but mesmerizing...

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jquickmsw
Mar 17, 2012

Wow. Well written, smart, suspenseful, and important: the author tackles violence against women/girls and the erosion of morality in favor of money in our culture in a way that builds as you turn pages, raises awareness and outrage. A slam-bang, consciousness-raising book that I couldn't put down. Look at all those stars by reviewers and trust them. Read it. Urge your friends to read it, too. It's NOT pretty, but it's worth your time, if you're brave enough.

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biblioholic
Mar 17, 2012

For some reason, reminds me of Alice Sebolds's "The Lovely Bones." Very, very dark. But most of all? Shatters any hope that there is a middle ground. That there is any such thing as traditional values in a modern world. Perhaps, that there is any such thing as values at all, apart from power and the elements that struggle against it. If you read this book, be prepared to be thinking about it for a good long time.

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tocch101
Feb 21, 2012

Very confusing and dark. I like how it tied everything together in the end, but almost wish there had been a bit more of a chronological background and more resolution, but still good.

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beckylunatic
Jun 16, 2011

Essentially, this is a book about privilege (sex and class), and the assumptions people make based on their perceptions of such.

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myluckytigerbelt
May 06, 2011

What starts as a typical suspense/whodunnit type of thing becomes more rich and layered the more you read. Told from many perspectives of a few different characters and documents, the story of a missing girl in a small town becomes so much more by the time you’re done reading and the way the different sides of a couple crimes are revealed are so well written and observed that this becomes a great book.

Exploring themes of Feminism, Class, Environmentalism, Small-town-life-vs.-Big-City, So Much Pretty had me hooked. The people in this book were always fascinating and this reads way better than books like this tend to. You will question when a member of a society has the obligation to speak up, to tell, even at the risk of their own comfort. I highly recommend this book and will be waiting less than patiently for Hoffman’s second book.

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