Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Review: Ugly

Title Ugly
Author Margaret McHeyzer

Release Date October 26, 2015

If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to see.
If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to feel.
If I were dead, he'd never raise his hand to me again.
If I were dead, his words wouldn't cut as deep as they do.
If I were dead, I'd be beautiful and I wouldn't be so...ugly.
I'm not dead...but I wish I was.

Part of me feels badly for giving Ugly such a low rating. It deals with tough subjects (domestic violence and sexual abuse), so I want to give the author props on writing a book that deals with something that most people would shy away from. However, if I'm being completely realistic, I just can't make myself rate this book any higher.

First, let's talk about the characters. All of the characters felt like cardboard cutouts. They didn't feel unique to the story at all and they all lacked any sort of depth. I didn't connect with Lily. I didn't feel her struggle and, in the end, I was left feeling lukewarm towards her. I don't understand her connection with Max. It was almost like she just latched onto the one "nice" guy in her life and that was it. I say "nice" because while he's not abusive, he still seems to have some controlling tendencies.

As for the story, it just didn't work. It's got such potential, but it didn't live up to it. Lily has no sense of self-worth (NONE at all). I suppose you could overlook that since she's been abused for numerous years. However, what I was unable to overlook was this... Lily is smart. She graduates high school with a 3.9 GPA and multiple scholarships. Yet, she doesn't seem to recognize abuse. No, sorry. I can't reconcile the two.

So, pretty unrealistic story and cliché characters make for a less than awesome book. It was pretty disappointing since I had high hopes for Ugly.


2 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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