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God Don't Like Ugly (God Don't Like Ugly #1)

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New York Times" bestselling author Mary Monroe sweeps readers back to the streets, porches, and parlors of civil rights-era Ohio to bring to life the first steps of an enduring friendship between two girls from opposite sides of the track. . .
Annette Goode is a shy, awkward, overweight child with a terrible secret. Frightened and ashamed, Annette withdraws into a world of
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Kensington (first published September 1st 2000)
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Monique
Alright so after hearing about this book from others and seeing it all over the train in the hands of young women who really looked enthralled (I find out the best books just by looking at what others read) I decided I had to read this book and well it only took three days but I didnt really enjoy it. I dont know if it was the subject matter (sexual abuse, racism, friendships, low self esteem and murder/revenge) or the fact that I just didnt like any of the characters--I stopped feeling sorry fo ...more
Shelia
Sep 19, 2009 Shelia rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Wow was this book intense! What the main character goes thru is mind boggling at times. She's learned to lie to bill collectors and run from the klan before she's 5 and at 7 she starts getting raped by a family friend. Her best friend Rhoda never seems to totally fit the story but she still plays an intricate part in helping her figure out how to get the family friend to stop. A few twists and turns. Towards the end I got really mad because for a brief moment I felt bad for the family friend but ...more
Raquel King
Dec 05, 2011 Raquel King rated it it was amazing
"God Don't Like Ugly" by Mary Monroe was one of the best books I've ever read. I like how the author almost gives the reader what they want. I know when I was reading it I stayed interested. Annette is the main characters name, she gets molested by brother boatright for years-someone who everyone , including her family trusted. This is the beggining to all her problems. Annette couldn't stand him, and confided to her new friend named Rhoda. Rhoda was the complete antithesis of Anette. Annette w ...more
Ama Major
Jan 05, 2012 Ama Major rated it really liked it
I passed by this book a countless amount of times based on the title alone I was un interested. Well to make a long story short I found Mary's other book "Upper Room" at Target and fell in love with her writing style so I went to Amazon and bought a bunch of her other books this one included, I just love Annette, PeeWee, Muh'dear and even Rhoda and Scary Mary.

Mary engages you into each character but she does not force you to pick a side. She shows bad and good sides of each character even evil o
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Chevonne
Sep 19, 2011 Chevonne rated it it was ok
The story was...good. I did however even as a teenager when I first read it become annoyed by how elementary some of the writing was. I kept wondering of the author, "Did she not have a thesarus on hand??" All the characters were all the time "gasping", or "sighing" or "hollering" or rolling their eyes or growling, moaning, groaning or whining in situations where those actions seemed uncalled for or out of place. I just wanted to scream "Use a different word!!" The dialogue wasn't all the time b ...more
Nikki Dobbins
Nov 02, 2009 Nikki Dobbins rated it liked it
I was angry throughout the book. Not for what happened to the main character (even though it was a horrible experience) but actually mad at the character. I was mad at Annette because she never spoke out about what happened to her, only to Rhonda. She began to stand up for herself against Mr Boatwright but not enough for her to be more active in trying to stop what was happening. Ina way it was like she liked it and she began to like Mr. Boatwright. They were like companions. When it was to the ...more
Nicki
Jul 07, 2011 Nicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-lit
THIS BOOK WAS SO FRUSTRATING. But in a good way. Let me explain.

I felt really connected to Annette as a main character and I felt her frustration and pain. Some of her experiences are horrifying and it was so hard reading through these parts. I wanted to hop into the story, have a talk with Annette, and then HELP her. She was hurting so much and she became so lost. That's what made this a frustrating read for me because the entire time I just wanted Annette to reach out to someone and let them i
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Brandy
Aug 29, 2015 Brandy rated it liked it
This was one of the many books that made me wish that I could give half stars. It was definitely better than a 3 to me, but not quite a 4. I found myself laughing out loud several times, and then sympathetic and sad at others. This book touches on every emotion and brings you in for a close look into the African American culture that you might not get unless you were part of it. I have already ordered the 2nd book in the series, and I was surprised to see that there are many more as well. I'll r ...more
Shannon
Jan 14, 2012 Shannon rated it did not like it
This book was SLOOOOOW and unnecessarily long. The author repeated herself, made goofs in the storyline, created characters with no depth or real emotion, and she is in dire need of a thesaurus. I don't think I will ever be able to hear the work "incredulous" again without thinking of this book. In addition, as someone who listened to the audio book I was tremendously disappointed with the performer (I guess that's what they are called) who stumbled on words and made no attempt to hide her swall ...more
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Jenene W.
Excellent read! Kept my interest and the flow was great. Anxious to see where life takes Annette!
Kimi
May 06, 2013 Kimi rated it it was amazing
Interesting beginnings for this fictional/biographical God series by Mary Monroe. This southern historical story line is sad but often true for those that have suffered the fate of childhood trauma, rape, abandonment; one ultimately roots in favor of the underdog- as humans with a conscious, we don't enjoy the sufferings of others unless they had it coming.
I enjoy casually inserting character names into conversations I have with people. My two favorite names were Scary Mary and Mr. Boatwright. S
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(FROM JACKET)In her richly drawn new novel, Mary Monroe brings to life the bond between two girls from opposite sides of the track-and the shattering event that changes their lives forever.

At the heart of the story is Annette Goode, a shy, awkward, overweight child who keeps a terrible secret. Mr. Boatwright, the boarder her hardworking mother has taken in, abuses her daily. Frightened and ashamed, Annette withdraws into a world of books and food.

But the summer Annette turns thirteen, somethin
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Michaela
Jul 04, 2009 Michaela rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ESL students/ young adults
Shelves: esl
At the beginning this book was a real page-turner. Plus, the language is fairly easy and the chapters short. The story got interesting really fast and for some time I didn't want to put the book down.
However, the book later had some lengths - certain periods of time were just stretched out too much and it was not as interesting anymore.
The end provided closure and rounded off the book well. Interesting story, but it could have been about 80 pages shorter and would've still been nice.
I would rec
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Jeri
Feb 03, 2011 Jeri rated it liked it
Shelves: f-women, kindle
Story of a young black girl, terribly overweight, in the south in the 50's, starting when she and her mother are deserted by her father, escaped the south and moved to Ohio -- where they just eke an existence and the mother takes in what the girl thinks is a boarder....who from age 7 on molests her over and over again while her mother is at work...she finally meets and befriends the young girl across the street, Rhoda, the daughter of the town's undertaken and of mixed-blood not only beautiful b ...more
Daniel Eria
Feb 17, 2015 Daniel Eria rated it it was amazing
The title itself is very interesting. Life will always be unfair, the story is so frustrating and i found myself mad through out the book. looking forward to read all the books though!
Jocelyn Boffman green
Jan 01, 2016 Jocelyn Boffman green rated it really liked it
Read this book many years ago, and I absolutely loved it. Great story line, and character development. I Also enjoyed all the books included in the series.
Jessica
Apr 09, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
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Nike
Feb 23, 2013 Nike rated it really liked it
I am always astounded by the licence and shame that comes with abuse! I am on page 203 of this book, and I find that even though its fiction it just resonates too much with stuff I read about in the papers! Annette needs to have someone who really sees her and likes her to make her feel good about herself and to know that she does not have to ut up with this?! The characters are developed enough for me to know that I don't actually like any of them, but I can actually see why tey are the way the ...more
Valerie
Annette Goode, born in the racist South of the 1950s, is the heroine of Monroe's strong second novel (after The Upper Room), a coming-of-age journey depicted with wit, poignancy and bite. Up until 1963, when 13-year-old, overweight Annette Goode meets beautiful Rhoda Nelson, only daughter of the Richland, Ohio, town undertaker, Annette's life has been a nightmare. After Annette's father left her mother (Muh'Dear) for a white woman, Muh'Dear has scraped by as a domestic, stealing leftover food fr ...more
Jerri
Jun 18, 2010 Jerri rated it it was ok
SPOILER ALERT!!! I could've really enjoyed the book but the fact that the abuse went on for so long unchecked really annoyed me. I almost put it down several tines for that very reason. Now I understand that this is probably more realistic than not, and the author was not writing a fairy tale but seriously? How did this clown of a man hoodwink EVERYONE? And the serial killer friend? Yeah, OK. I don't care enough to read the 2nd book in the series.
Emily Smith
Apr 14, 2010 Emily Smith rated it it was ok
I found this book to be too predictable. Although it was fast paced enough to keep my interest, at the same time it was frustrating to hear the characters rehashing their dialog over and over without changing the outcome. Actually the author was able to create interesting and memorable characters however she didn’t have them progress and develop in any way. Ive tried to read the second book also and these stagnant characters made it so I couldn't finish.
Carla
Aug 30, 2010 Carla rated it it was amazing
I love this book and the author. There is alot going on and it definitely held my attention. There is a sequel to it as well.

Rhoda and Annette go through a lot together and one of these girls is a murder and if you have not read it you will have to do so to figure out which.
Nardsbaby Reader
Jan 07, 2009 Nardsbaby Reader rated it it was ok
I See Why

I was extremly bored reading this book, although it recounts a tale of extreme hardship of young overweight Annette, who suffers repeated sexual abuse the characters are more interesting than the very predictable melodrama.
Jamal
Sep 07, 2014 Jamal rated it really liked it
I Loved this from Beginning to end. everything from The 60's setting,To The Bizarre characters..I almost Felt like i lived in This community of richland ohio amoung All These people.....EXCELLENT story telling here
Tamela
Aug 01, 2010 Tamela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to anyone
I got this book from B&N free fridays. Untill a co-worker mention the book, I began to read it. One word to describe my reading experience....WOW! I can't wait to read the sequel "God still don't like ugly".
Simply Stephanie.
Sep 15, 2008 Simply Stephanie. rated it really liked it
This book was AWESOME!!
It shows the true meaning of friendship
&& how only your true friends are being
honest when they say they will always be there to help you,protect you,&& love you unconditionaly.
Debra Henderson
Oct 23, 2015 Debra Henderson rated it it was amazing
This was a very good read about an "underdog" coming into her own spot. Enjoyed it, and ready to tackle the 2nd in the series...... "God STILL Don't Like Ugly"................
Brenda
May 26, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
loved it--- a black woman telling like it was------- and aometimes still is ---- i have started next book
Katie Wennechuk
Jan 02, 2012 Katie Wennechuk rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about abuse within family and all its confusing/conflicting emotions. Dark and triumphant.
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I am the third child of Alabama sharecroppers and the first and only member of my family to finish high school. I never attended college or any writing classes. I taught myself how to write and started writing short stories around age four. I spent the first part of my life in Alabama and Ohio and moved to Richmond, California in 1973. I have lived in Oakland since 1984.

My first novel THE UPPER RO
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