Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

When I first read Pretty Is, I thought that it was based on a true story. The way that it was written evoked a certain “realness” from it.

I think Maggie Mitchell did an excellent job at presenting this story about two girls who were kidnapped years ago. Lois and Carly May felt so real. I thought they were actually real people.

The plot itself for me was at first hard to get into; it was frustrating that both Lois and Carly May were so evasive about what happened that summer years ago. However it was so interesting seeing their thought process; the way they both dealt with their now adult lives.

There was also a small mysterious/thriling element in the story that made you want to keep passing the pages.

The pacing may be hard for someone if they don’t have a lot of patience. I was waiting throughout the whole book to finally see Carly Mae & Lois meet again, but it took so long.

Frankly, the end of the book is what may make you dislike the book a bit. I was enjoying it so much, and I expected that by the end of it I’d get all the answers that were hinted at throughout the book. However it was left up to interpretation. I wanted to explicitly know the kidnapper’s reasoning. I wanted to see more of Lois & Carly Mae’s life after being found that summer. I wanted a lot of answers but got barely none. 

In spite of that, I still think this is a good book. I think it’s a unique read that’ll entertain you, and leave you wanting more.


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3 thoughts on “Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

  1. Hmmm, it kind of sounds like it was slow and draggy and it sucks how you didn’t get the amount of answers you were hoping. That sounds pretty frustrating. Lovely review Marianne, I hadn’t heard of this one before.


  2. It’s a pity about the lack of answer the novel provides, it sounds a bit frustrating; especially when that’s what you want (and I think I’d want to know why too!) but at least you were able to still enjoy it 🙂


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