Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

By Maggie Mitchell

"[A] gorgeous, multilayered debut . . . . with loads of clever, superbly written panache. . . . What a pleasing novel, with its transferring views and competing tales and suggestion that our courting to the reality alterations with time and distance." -The long island Times

A fiercely imagined fiction debut within which younger ladies face what occurred the summer season they have been twelve, while a good-looking stranger kidnapped them

Everyone idea we have been useless. We have been lacking for almost months; we have been twelve. What else may possibly they believe? -Lois

It's continually been not easy to discuss what occurred with out sounding all melodramatic. . . . really, I haven't pointed out it for years, to not a goddamned individual. -Carly May

The summer time precocious Lois and lovely Carly might have been twelve years outdated, they have been abducted, pushed around the kingdom, and held in a cabin within the woods for 2 months via a charismatic stranger. approximately two decades later, Lois has turn into a professor, instructing British literature at a small collage in upstate big apple, and Carly may perhaps is an actress in l. a., consuming an excessive amount of and suffering to restore her occupation. while a film with an incredibly established plot attracts the 2 ladies jointly once again, they need to face the general public publicity in their mystery historical past and confront the darkish longings and unspeakable truths that hang-out them nonetheless. Maggie Mitchell's Pretty Is fantastically defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime tale expectancies and declares the debut of a masterful new storytelling expertise.

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The scent of nachos teased me. My fingers itched to pick up a ball, to send it flying down the lane. I loved bowling. I just hadn’t done it in weeks…because of him. Of Aaron. This was where we had our first date. Where we were supposed to be having a date. Right now. A sharp pang stabbed my heart and each thud was like a hammer against my chest. How had things gotten so messed up? Before we started dating—and even during—I used to think of him as Heart Stopper; I’d see his smile and my heart would give one solid thump and then poof, stop.

Are you getting a divorce? Are we becoming a statistic? ” My father let out a startled laugh, erasing the seriousness from his face for at least two full seconds. ” He quickly waved his hands. ” I let out a deep breath and sat back down, eyeing them warily. I wasn’t ready to relax just yet. The ‘nothing like that’ left a lot of ground uncovered. For instance, they could tell me I had been adopted or something. ” I asked. I shouldn’t have. As soon as the words left my mouth, I knew it’d been a mistake.

And then I burst into hysterics, laughing and crying at the same time. It was a silver necklace with a pendent. The pendent was…I couldn’t fathom the words. It was a small silver heart. Shooting through the heart was a single arrow, the tip made of a black stone. Onyx. My heart leaped and I wasn’t sure my ribs could contain it long. “I’m sorry,” I sobbed, the word bubbling out of nowhere. ” It was beautiful and ironic. And I didn’t deserve it. ” The words, spoken so softly, hit me like a lead fist and went straight through my chest to my heart.

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