The Prized Girl
From debut author Amy K. Green comes a devastating tale of psychological suspense: a teen pageant queen is found murdered in a small New England town, and her sister’s search for answers unearths more than she bargained for.Days after a young teenager named Jenny is found murdered, her small town grieves the loss alongside her picture-perfect parents. At first glance, Jenny’s tragic death appears clear-cut for investigators. In the murder of a former pageant queen from a safe and loving family, the most obvious suspect is a fan who got too close for comfort. But Jenny’s sarcastic, older half-sister Virginia isn’t so sure of his guilt and takes matters into her own hands to find the killer.But for Jenny’s case and and Virginia’s investigation, there’s more to the story. Virginia, still living in town and haunted by her own troubled teenage years, suspects that a similar darkness lay beneath the sparkling veneer of Jenny’s life. Alternating between Jenny’s final days and Virginia’s determined search for the truth, the sisters’ dual narratives follow a harrowing trail of suspects, with surprising turns that race toward a shocking finale.

The Prized Girl Details

TitleThe Prized Girl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherDutton Books
ISBN-139781524745103
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

The Prized Girl Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    A teenage pageant queen is found murdered in her small New England town. She comes from the picture-perfect family who gets together for Sunday dinners and are upstanding members of the community. When she if found dead, the main suspect is a man who has been coming to all her pageants, her "biggest" fan if you will. Most believe he could be the killer. Most, but not her older sarcastic, heavy drinking sister who has past issues of her own. She believes the main suspect is innocent and has her A teenage pageant queen is found murdered in her small New England town. She comes from the picture-perfect family who gets together for Sunday dinners and are upstanding members of the community. When she if found dead, the main suspect is a man who has been coming to all her pageants, her "biggest" fan if you will. Most believe he could be the killer. Most, but not her older sarcastic, heavy drinking sister who has past issues of her own. She believes the main suspect is innocent and has her own theory based on her previous experiences as to who might have killed her sister.The story is told through Jenny, the murdered Pageant queen's POV and Virginia, the older sister's present POV. Jenny gives us insight into her mind and life leading up to the night she was murdered. Virginia shows us her reaction to her younger sister's death and her own personal search for the truth.I did enjoy how the story was told going back and forth using both sister's POV's. This is the real strength of this book. I thought the Author wove the two sister's sections flawlessly. I thought the Author did a fine job creating flawed characters. But overall, I found the book was missing something for me. Although I enjoyed this book at times it did feel flat. Mainly since I failed to connect to any of the characters. Good not great. Will I remember this book months from now? I doubt it. This might work well as a plane book. It is entertaining but again, the most I can say is that it was good - not great. Although this book failed to really wow me, I would read this Author again.Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cleverly crafted novel, but one that I found myself having trouble connecting with the characters throughout. It could be that they felt too cookie cutter in dialogue and action, or it could be the fact that I felt I've already read a story similar to this one many times before. I do think readers who are looking to branch into the mystery/thriller genre may find this title more enjoyable than I did, and highly encourage those folks to check this one out for themselves.*Many thanks to This was a cleverly crafted novel, but one that I found myself having trouble connecting with the characters throughout. It could be that they felt too cookie cutter in dialogue and action, or it could be the fact that I felt I've already read a story similar to this one many times before. I do think readers who are looking to branch into the mystery/thriller genre may find this title more enjoyable than I did, and highly encourage those folks to check this one out for themselves.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    A tense twisted dark thriller. Amy K. Green’s debut was clever and addictive. Sisters, a murder, a small town, a pageant queen, teenage drama, a sick stalker, Bad behavior, dark secrets, missed opportunities, lost memories, obsession, coverups, lies. The story bounces back-and-forth between the perspectives of sisters Virginia and Jenny. We learn about the events leading up to the murder through the eyes of 14-year-old Jenny. We learn about the aftermath of the murder through the actions of A tense twisted dark thriller. Amy K. Green’s debut was clever and addictive. Sisters, a murder, a small town, a pageant queen, teenage drama, a sick stalker, Bad behavior, dark secrets, missed opportunities, lost memories, obsession, coverups, lies. The story bounces back-and-forth between the perspectives of sisters Virginia and Jenny. We learn about the events leading up to the murder through the eyes of 14-year-old Jenny. We learn about the aftermath of the murder through the actions of older sister Virginia, who is in her late 20s. As we got to know these sisters better the layers began to peel away and the truth began to reveal itself. I was completely captivated by Miss greens excellent storytelling. I truly was not certain how this was going to end and was very surprised. The ending while twisted still has me thinking. It really gave me a lot to chew on, and I am not sure how I feel about it quite yet. I felt like a lot of the story was left a little open ended, left up to my own moral compass. And I think I like that.... I think. This was a good solid thriller. Extremely well written and very well plotted. Having said that I think this will probably appeal to the less seasoned thriller Reader. It was a very good book but thriller lovers are a tough crowd.... you know what I’m talking about. And if I’m being honest there are a couple things that didn’t sit with me entirely. First of all Jenny’s age. Now I realize she was in the pageant world and she probably was forced to grow up a little quicker than others, but I thought she acted much more like a junior or possibly a sophomore in high school, I thought eighth grade was pushing it. In fact I forgot she was that young until they mentioned it again. Then there was Virginia. I just thought some of her actions (the alcohol, the pills) were a little cliché. Not a big deal in an otherwise extremely well done thriller. Looking forward to the next one from this talented author.This book in emojis. 👑 🎒 🔪 🍸*** Big thank you to Dutton for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***For more of my reviews and bookish thoughts please visit my blog or follow me on Bookstagram 💕
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Folks, I read a lot of psychological thrillers, so when a good book follows a similar narrative that I'm already used to reading, it usually doesn't pan out well. The Prized Girl is written so perfectly, and the author obviously is very talented in storytelling. Let me just get that out in the open, because I really did enjoy the story overall. We have two point-of-views (Virginia's was my favorite) and they eventually uncover the mystery as we teeter between the two. My main concern was that Folks, I read a lot of psychological thrillers, so when a good book follows a similar narrative that I'm already used to reading, it usually doesn't pan out well. The Prized Girl is written so perfectly, and the author obviously is very talented in storytelling. Let me just get that out in the open, because I really did enjoy the story overall. We have two point-of-views (Virginia's was my favorite) and they eventually uncover the mystery as we teeter between the two. My main concern was that this book checked off all the boxes for psychological thrillers, and it got a bit too saturated with secondary storylines. It was probably 100 pages too long, at least. Maybe to add shock value, but this story could have been condensed, and we could have taken some of the focus off the secondary characters a bit further. Sadly, I figured out what happened very early on in the novel, so the remainder of it just felt drawn out. It's getting harder to surprise me lately with this genre. If you aren't a big psychological thriller reader, The Prized Girl will definitely be enjoyable, dark, and a wild ride. If you read a lot from this genre, you'll know exactly how the story's narrative will develop. Go in with an open mind, but also go in with expectations. Great debut novel in a saturated environment.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5The first month of the year and I’m already struggling with thrillers AGAIN. Sigh. I had high hopes for this one, the premise and structure sounded interesting enough and I’m always excited about a debut. Unfortunately for me this one just didn’t work at all, maybe I’ve just read too many similar books, but in the end, this was just a mess for me.I’m just going to highlight what was problematic for me quickly because I think for the right reader this may work great, that reader just wasn’t 2.5/5The first month of the year and I’m already struggling with thrillers AGAIN. Sigh. I had high hopes for this one, the premise and structure sounded interesting enough and I’m always excited about a debut. Unfortunately for me this one just didn’t work at all, maybe I’ve just read too many similar books, but in the end, this was just a mess for me.I’m just going to highlight what was problematic for me quickly because I think for the right reader this may work great, that reader just wasn’t me. If you haven’t read a bunch of thrillers recently then this may be better for you, but for me it was predictable and kind of draining. I had zero connection to Virginia, frankly I found her pretty intolerable and I while I did want to know who killed Jenny, the answer itself was horrible and disappointing. The whole last part of the book was convoluted and messy and it felt like certain things were added just for shock and didn’t feel as if said things were of any value to the book. The author is a good writer though and the pacing was good, this had potential for me but the execution just didn’t work.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. Thirteen-year-old Jenny is a former beauty pageant queen found murdered in her small New England town. The press is eager to report the details on the rape and murder of a beautiful girl who appeared to be living a picture perfect life. The police are confident they have solved the case before it even begins, focusing completely on an intellectually disabled man known to attend all of Jenny's pageants.Jenny's older sister Virginia isn't so certain the police have it right and decides 2.5 stars. Thirteen-year-old Jenny is a former beauty pageant queen found murdered in her small New England town.  The press is eager to report the details on the rape and murder of a beautiful girl who appeared to be living a picture perfect life.  The police are confident they have solved the case before it even begins, focusing completely on an intellectually disabled man known to attend all of Jenny's pageants.Jenny's older sister Virginia isn't so certain the police have it right and decides to start her own investigation, which readers quickly learn has a lot to do with her own troubled teen years.Alternating between Jenny's POV in the weeks leading up to her death and Virginia's search for her killer in the present, we learn that the picture perfect life the press presented is far from the truth.  There are family secrets ready to surface, high school drama, and a long line of suspects.  Virginia is determined to solve Jenny's murder and put her own past behind her.The Prized Girl had a lot going for it:  the storytelling is clever and flows well in the alternating POVs, unfolding at a great pace. The problem for me is that the story started strong but became far too convoluted for me.  What was clever at first turned into ridiculous plot twists to keep the story going for about 100 pages too long.  Not a single character is likable and that made it hard for me to care about solving the mystery.  The only reason I finished was because I wanted to see just how ridiculous the conclusion was.  It was a typical twist ending.Thanks to Dutton Books and Edelweiss for providing a DRC in exchange for an honest review.  The Prized Girl is scheduled for release on January 14, 2020.For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Sarah Swann
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this. This was dark, twisty and took some routes I wasn’t expecting. I had to knock off a star because of how it ended, I really didn’t like how it all played out. I understand why it did, but I wanted something different. It really did surprise me and I didn’t want to put it down.
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  • Wendy Walker
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this one! I did not figure out the ending, it moved fast and was written in a way that made me pay close attention. The perfect combo for a thriller! Here is what I "officially" said about it!Gripping prose, complex characters and dark family secrets propel this story about a murdered teen pageant queen to a perfectly unexpected finale. A stunning debut!
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  • Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
    January 1, 1970
    The Prized Girl is a murder mystery/thriller centered around the murder of a young, beautiful, former pageant star - Jenny. The story is told back in time through her perspective and in the current day through Jenny’s somewhat estranged older sister, Virginia, who is trying to solve the case. •As the story unfolds, it’s clear that Jenny wasn’t as innocent as the media paints her to be and Virginia seems to have a sordid past of her own.•The different perspectives unwind beautifully and this The Prized Girl is a murder mystery/thriller centered around the murder of a young, beautiful, former pageant star - Jenny. The story is told back in time through her perspective and in the current day through Jenny’s somewhat estranged older sister, Virginia, who is trying to solve the case. •As the story unfolds, it’s clear that Jenny wasn’t as innocent as the media paints her to be and Virginia seems to have a sordid past of her own.•The different perspectives unwind beautifully and this story is way more twisted than you’d ever guess.•There are so many things I loved about this book! While none of the characters are particularly likable, they’re incredibly intriguing. The dialogue was so real and I felt a lot of emotions throughout. This is one of the more we’ll written thrillers I’ve read in a while.•I can pretty much guarantee you will NOT be able to guess this ending. There were so many twists and side plots that came into play, I know a lot of people will disagree but it was almost too many twists for me! •I definitely recommend this one for your next thriller and I’m anxiously awaiting Green’s next book!Thank you to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    A fast paced and absorbing suspense! I loved the consistent back-and-forth of sister perspective storytelling, and how their time-lines built to an unexpected, and well thought out climax. I couldn't have imagined thinking as Jenny did, when I was in eighth grade, but child pageants and a modern world can be a daunting reality indeed. This unassuming and poignant thriller has immense potential to take readers by storm!Galley borrowed from the publisher.
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    An impressive debut novel – a good solid mystery thriller. Who killed Jenny the former teenage pageant queen? Through dual story lines we learn of Jenny’s life leading up to her murder and in present day, we hear Virginia’s story. Virginia is Jenny’s troubled half-sister who is detached from the family, attending the funeral barely noticed, and then takes an interest in learning the truth about the murder after the police appear to be rushing to judgment on their main suspect. The story held my An impressive debut novel – a good solid mystery thriller. Who killed Jenny the former teenage pageant queen? Through dual story lines we learn of Jenny’s life leading up to her murder and in present day, we hear Virginia’s story. Virginia is Jenny’s troubled half-sister who is detached from the family, attending the funeral barely noticed, and then takes an interest in learning the truth about the murder after the police appear to be rushing to judgment on their main suspect. The story held my interest to the end. Many thanks to Edelweiss and Dutton Books for the opportunity to read The Prized Girl in advance of its January 14, 2020 release.Review posted at:https://www.michelereader.com/post/an...
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I read the premise of this book I wanted to read it, it reminded me a little of Jon Benet and the whole pageant scene with the small town feel thrown in. The story is told from Jenny, the pageant teen who dies perspective, and her older sister, Virginia, who is trying to find out who killed her. The stories weave and intertwine seamlessly making for one interesting story.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    The Prized Girlby Amy K. Green**Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this ARC ebook.**This story is told in a back and forth story line between Virginia now; and Jenny before her untimely demise.**Jenny was a beautiful 14 year old girl. Her mother started her in beauty pageants at a young age and she was always top of the pack. Through her pageant career she came across Benjy, whom I believe was a bit touched. He was her biggest fan, until one day she gave him a note saying she was done with the The Prized Girlby Amy K. Green**Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this ARC ebook.**This story is told in a back and forth story line between Virginia now; and Jenny before her untimely demise.**Jenny was a beautiful 14 year old girl. Her mother started her in beauty pageants at a young age and she was always top of the pack. Through her pageant career she came across Benjy, whom I believe was a bit touched. He was her biggest fan, until one day she gave him a note saying she was done with the pageant world. This is when Jenny's life started to take a nose dive. Her mother lost get grip on reality and her daughter. One day Jenny is found brutally murdered and raped. The only suspect any one cares to point the finger at is Benjy. That is until Jenny's 1/2 sister, Virginia, starts to stick her nose in the case. You see Virginia has her own set of problems. She's a drunk who also likes to mix her drinking with a couple ambien to really forget her troubles. Virginia has her own set of demons she tries to keep at bay during her investigation... you see when she was Jenny's age, 14 years old at the same high school she started sleeping and having a relationship with her math teacher Mark Renkin. As the story unraveled my mind was seriously doing a ping-pong when I thought I finally figured out who killed Jenny. Seriously at one point my mind was spinning with WTF could it be.Amy Green did a great job keeping my on my toes; as once again the murdered in this was not anticipated in the slightest.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    The Prized Girl is a tense tale of small town murder, it was a huge page turner to be sure but if I'm honest it didn't quite do it for me.On the plus side the writing was excellent, the story fairly rocked along and there were emotional thought provoking layers to it that were compelling. A young girl, a pageant queen, killed before her life really began, a sister who was absent, parents who were hiding secrets, this was a truly twisted tale.My problem was I didn't really engage with the The Prized Girl is a tense tale of small town murder, it was a huge page turner to be sure but if I'm honest it didn't quite do it for me.On the plus side the writing was excellent, the story fairly rocked along and there were emotional thought provoking layers to it that were compelling. A young girl, a pageant queen, killed before her life really began, a sister who was absent, parents who were hiding secrets, this was a truly twisted tale.My problem was I didn't really engage with the characters the way I felt I should. The young Jenny felt way older, sister Virginia was a bit spotty and then the whole thing became extraordinarily convoluted in the middle there. Twists coming at breakneck speed, all subtlety lost, too many suspects all with the same motive. Boy for one place it was rife with the perverted.Overall though it pulled things together well in the end, leaving a melancholy sense behind it.If you like psych thrillers you'll enjoy this. I just feel it could have been a bit more layered throughout rather than going for shock value moments.
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  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I'm just going to say it...I hate pageants. Long before the unfortunate JonBenet Ramsey murder happened back in 1996, I hated pageants. It is so not my thing. That being said, I was still thoroughly invested in watching all the news about the murder and watch all the documentaries out of pure fascination. To this day, my opinion is that it was the parent of one of JonBenet's rival pageant contestants who got sick of her getting all the glory. Moving on...."The Prized Girl" was utterly Ok, I'm just going to say it...I hate pageants. Long before the unfortunate JonBenet Ramsey murder happened back in 1996, I hated pageants. It is so not my thing. That being said, I was still thoroughly invested in watching all the news about the murder and watch all the documentaries out of pure fascination. To this day, my opinion is that it was the parent of one of JonBenet's rival pageant contestants who got sick of her getting all the glory. Moving on...."The Prized Girl" was utterly captivating for me and kept me looking forward to getting back to the book every time I had to stop reading. The book is riveting, fast-paced, twisty, and darkly chilling with an ending that you won't see coming..A positively stunning novel by debut author Green and I am already looking forward to her next book! Thank you Dutton Books for my gifted copy! #partner
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  • Reads a Latte Thrillers
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to believe The Prized Girl is a debut novel. As a devoted thriller reader, I'm wondering where has Amy K. Green has been all my life (you are amazing), and, what other captivating stories does she have up her sleeve? Whatever it is, I definitely want to read more from this author. This story is all consuming. At first it feels like simple teenage angst with a dose of sibling rivalry rolled into a domestic family drama. It turns out, things are much more deep, complicated, dark, and It's hard to believe The Prized Girl is a debut novel. As a devoted thriller reader, I'm wondering where has Amy K. Green has been all my life (you are amazing), and, what other captivating stories does she have up her sleeve? Whatever it is, I definitely want to read more from this author. This story is all consuming. At first it feels like simple teenage angst with a dose of sibling rivalry rolled into a domestic family drama. It turns out, things are much more deep, complicated, dark, and twisted. Each character carries their own bag of secrets and the book itself is like the slow peeling of an onion. Told between the past and present between the voices of two sisters, the entire story comes into focus as the narrator (the older sister) learns the truth about her sister's murder. I'll be thinking about this book for the rest of the evening and wondering if the ending means we have a sequel to look forward to. Kick off your 2020 with a well-developed thriller and pick up The Prized Girl.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the back and forth narrative between the two sisters in this book. You're able to get to know and connect to each character.This book definitely had enough to keep you intrigued and guessing along the way. It had me hooked from the very beginning.I felt a lot of emotion with this one and am looking forward to reading Amy Green's future books.
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    When you are the outcast of the family and your sister, that was everyone's favorite, turns up dead, it shouldn't be that hard. Except she was still your sister and you want answers. You won't get the answers until the the very end of this non-stop ride that keeps you guessing at every turn. Fans of Gillian Flynn can pick this up while waiting on her next book.
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  • Michael David
    January 1, 1970
    An unputdownable, uncomfortable novel about the rape and murder of a 13-year old beauty pageant queen. I read the review in PEOPLE WEEKLY, who stated it was darkly funny, and was incredibly intrigued that anyone would say that about this topic. They're right, thanks to the character of half-sister Virginia and her own issues, but this a dark mystery with a dark ending. Kids/teens should not be put on pedestals. Great debut by the author.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    When a girl teen girl is murdered in a small town, her sister starts to investigate and solve the crime. The author uses dual narrative, alternating between the weeks leading up to the murder, told by Jenny, the victim, to current day narrative by her sister Virginia, This book has twists and turns up until the end of the story that I didn't see coming. I lost the connection with the story several times, not sure if it was because of the switch between past and present or just the content of the When a girl teen girl is murdered in a small town, her sister starts to investigate and solve the crime. The author uses dual narrative, alternating between the weeks leading up to the murder, told by Jenny, the victim, to current day narrative by her sister Virginia, This book has twists and turns up until the end of the story that I didn't see coming. I lost the connection with the story several times, not sure if it was because of the switch between past and present or just the content of the story line. But I did enjoy this debut novel from the author and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense/mystery books.
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  • Elaine's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny Kennedy, 13 year old beauty pageant queen is dead, murdered. Her half sister Virginia, a 20 something year old non contributing, non functioning member of society with a drink problem is not happy with the police investigation and is motivated to do her own digging. Virginia bites off more than she can chew as one secret leads to another that leads to another. Everyone is a suspect in a town thriving on gossip and full of secrets.The clever and complex story is told in a now and then Jenny Kennedy, 13 year old beauty pageant queen is dead, murdered. Her half sister Virginia, a 20 something year old non contributing, non functioning member of society with a drink problem is not happy with the police investigation and is motivated to do her own digging. Virginia bites off more than she can chew as one secret leads to another that leads to another. Everyone is a suspect in a town thriving on gossip and full of secrets.The clever and complex story is told in a now and then format. Jenny's story starts five weeks before her death and Virginia's story starts from Jenny's funeral. Two sisters who, on the surface, couldnt appear more different from one another. They are both flawed, particularly Virginia, but you can't help rooting for them both throughout. I started this book on Monday morning finishing on Tuesday evening and found I couldn't put it down. I am always happy to say that I didn't have the murderer figured out although I suspected everyone at some stage or other! There are shock twists and turns as the book explores some difficult themes. With brilliantly drawn characters throughout including dysfunctional parents, warped teachers, toxic teens and over friendly cops, I found this to be an exciting, dark and edgy thriller. 5/5 ⭐
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  • Toya
    January 1, 1970
    Ex-beauty queen, 13 year old Jenny is found murdered. The local town is floored and fans pour in to pay their homage. The suspect has finally been captured, and everyone can sleep a little easier. 26 year old Virginia is Jenny’s half sister. Her dad and stepmom treat her like she’s the world’s biggest delinquent, disappointment, and crappy sister. Unlike everyone else, Virginia isn’t convinced that the suspect is the one who killed her sister. She’s determined to find the true killer even if she Ex-beauty queen, 13 year old Jenny is found murdered. The local town is floored and fans pour in to pay their homage. The suspect has finally been captured, and everyone can sleep a little easier. 26 year old Virginia is Jenny’s half sister. Her dad and stepmom treat her like she’s the world’s biggest delinquent, disappointment, and crappy sister. Unlike everyone else, Virginia isn’t convinced that the suspect is the one who killed her sister. She’s determined to find the true killer even if she has to do it alone.This story alternates between Virginia’s present day POV and Jenny’s POV (right before she died), which I loved because it gave a lot more insight into both characters and the motives behind their decisions. There were so many dark twists and turns as more side characters came into play, which I definitely wasn’t expecting. I was flying through the pages as I wanted to know what happened to Jenny.However, the plot twist reveal in the last 50 pages or so of the book was a HUGE slap in the face. I was so utterly disappointed, which took this solid 4 star book down to a 3. The ending felt cheap and incredibly unsatisfying.Thank you to Dutton Books for my review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    I was looking for a twisty dark thriller, and got just what I was looking for in The Prized Girl!I loved Amy K Green’s debut, and felt like both timelines for each sister were equally intriguing. The story alternates through older sister Virginia’s current perspective, and bounces back to younger sister and beauty queen Jenny, before she was brutally murdered.So many dark secrets, and twists. I think I guessed 10 different ways this story would play out, which was one of my favorite parts of the I was looking for a twisty dark thriller, and got just what I was looking for in The Prized Girl!I loved Amy K Green’s debut, and felt like both timelines for each sister were equally intriguing. The story alternates through older sister Virginia’s current perspective, and bounces back to younger sister and beauty queen Jenny, before she was brutally murdered.So many dark secrets, and twists. I think I guessed 10 different ways this story would play out, which was one of my favorite parts of the whole book.*Thank you Dutton publishing for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own
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  • Intellectual Magpie
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 star read for this psychological coming of age novel.... Thank you to Dutton books for sending me an ARC of THE PRIZED GIRL in exchange for an honest review. Releasing JANUARY 2020.*TRIGGER WARNING* this book does have context of sexual/mental/physical abuse* .. Set in a small town we hear from two sisters at two very different points in their lives.... Jenny... the younger 13yr old perfect pageant queen as she starts to unravel what life truly looks like and what becoming a teenager throws 5/5 star read for this psychological coming of age novel....🌟 Thank you to Dutton books for sending me an ARC of THE PRIZED GIRL in exchange for an honest review. Releasing JANUARY 2020.*TRIGGER WARNING* this book does have context of sexual/mental/physical abuse* .. Set in a small town we hear from two sisters at two very different points in their lives.... Jenny... the younger 13yr old perfect pageant queen as she starts to unravel what life truly looks like and what becoming a teenager throws at you... and Virginia... the older sister who has done nothing but let everyone down... but is now determined to find out who’s the murder in the small town... who raped and murdered her perfect sister Jenny? .As the story unfolds we are taken through the lives of the small town... unburying secrets of dark times within both sisters, seeing how fate tangles a web sometimes we don’t see before we step through it... having to decide, who is the victims and who are the true monsters within this story.. .I was definitely left guessing as to who’s hand was truly bloody until the very end. This book, though written from two separate characters one in the past and one in the present... Amy Green did a phenomenal job creating individual voices for both the characters and I was never having to figure out which was speaking. Her grasp of the thought process within the characters with what they dealt with was exceptional and raw. .A book that kept me turning the pages till the crack of dawn every night.
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  • Nicole reading_with_nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny has been a pageant queen since she was little; now 13 she is still on top of the pageant circut. Jenny was tired of doing pageants and her mother was not taking it well. Then there is Virginia, she is Jenny’s half sister. Virginia is nothing like Jenny, she is not perfect and she is not into pageants; she is the complete opposite of her sister. One day the news comes that Jenny has been murdered and raped, this takes a serious affect on Virginia; she is determined to find out who killed Jenny has been a pageant queen since she was little; now 13 she is still on top of the pageant circut. Jenny was tired of doing pageants and her mother was not taking it well. Then there is Virginia, she is Jenny’s half sister. Virginia is nothing like Jenny, she is not perfect and she is not into pageants; she is the complete opposite of her sister. One day the news comes that Jenny has been murdered and raped, this takes a serious affect on Virginia; she is determined to find out who killed her sister. The story is told from both Jenny and Virginia perspective and the writing is so well done. For Amy K. Green’s debut novel I was not disappointed in anyway. This book will keep you guessing who did right up until the end
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    There are two points of view told for this story. There is Jenny and her older sister, Virginia. Jenny's point of view/voice was more "raw". Plus, I found Jenny's story to be a sad but intriguing one. It was Virginia that I found to be more broken than her sister. However, her voice was not as interesting. When it came to the two sisters; it felt like I was reading two different stories and not two storylines that ran concurrently to mesh into one final ending. Despite this factor, I did read There are two points of view told for this story. There is Jenny and her older sister, Virginia. Jenny's point of view/voice was more "raw". Plus, I found Jenny's story to be a sad but intriguing one. It was Virginia that I found to be more broken than her sister. However, her voice was not as interesting. When it came to the two sisters; it felt like I was reading two different stories and not two storylines that ran concurrently to mesh into one final ending. Despite this factor, I did read this book within a few days. When it came to the ending; I was sad for Jenny. It seemed like revenge for her death fell flat. I did not think Virginia got justice for her. This book was light on the psychological thriller.
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  • Alix
    January 1, 1970
    A good psychological thriller starter book!I’m writing this review with some hindsight and have had some time to stew on my thoughts.The plot totally brought on some JonBenét Ramsey vibes. Like I’m 75% sure most of the plot was modeled after several theories about the infamous unsolved case.While the story drew me in, there were definitely parts that were ‘ewwww’.Remember that scene in F.R.I.E.N.D.S where they find out about the jellyfish sting? That was my reaction to some of this book.Virginia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️A good psychological thriller starter book!I’m writing this review with some hindsight and have had some time to stew on my thoughts.The plot totally brought on some JonBenét Ramsey vibes. Like I’m 75% sure most of the plot was modeled after several theories about the infamous unsolved case.While the story drew me in, there were definitely parts that were ‘ewwww’.Remember that scene in F.R.I.E.N.D.S where they find out about the jellyfish sting? That was my reaction to some of this book.Virginia is a bitch. And while it’s hilarious it’s also infuriating! Brandon is kinda creepy?JP is the consummate bad boy. Mark is just EW. And I just feel sorry for Hunter. Oh and the parents are ughhhh.This book is 370 pages long and the last 70 pages felt-unnecessary?!The twist left me conflicted... like I wanted to see it happen and at the same time I was like ‘REALLY!?!? THAT’S IT!?’So if you’re just dipping your toe into the pool of psychological thrillers, I think you’d enjoy this one!
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  • CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
    January 1, 1970
    The Prized Girl by Amy K. Green is a great thriller with plenty of mystery! It was easy to follow the characters and plot while at a steady, decent pace. Alternating characters/chapters make this a fun one! Definitely recommend it!Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Releases 2020, detailed review to come!
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  • Michele Lipford
    January 1, 1970
    Such a scary story. It had some very twisted details. I was hoping for Jenny to receive rest after all the time that was going by. There was times when I wanted to read between my fingers. Everyone should know that some towns, family, and friends are not what they seem. This book covers all the factors.I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway for a honest review.
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  • Morgan Schulman
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review What a fresh take on the dead teenage beauty queen! I enjoyed this one considerably more then I expected- I’ve read so many books with this theme that felt cliche and overwrought, but this one was a pleasure to read, more of a book to savor then a fast burn. I loved both girls. Can’t wait to see more from this writer!
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