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The Beautiful-Ugly

(The Beautiful-Ugly Trilogy #1-3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  50 reviews
She's sixteen. She's alone. And the world thinks she's crazy. What could possibly happen next? Well, she's going to show them...

When sixteen-year-old Connelly Pierce wakes up inside an unknown psychiatric hospital with both her wrists slashed, she begins the arduous task of piecing together the events of her life that led her there. Her own cognitive behavioral therapy (a
Paperback, 524 pages
Published September 21st 2014 by Bandera Publishing Company (first published September 20th 2014)
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Mariah Bowman
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Out of the what I'm sure are thousands of books I've read, there are only a handful of them that wrench every emotion there is out of me. This is one of those books. I know I'll go back every once in a while and re read it as I do with all the ones that make me feel.
I won't use any spoilers here but just an overall reflection on the book.
The way the story is told takes you through the journey and pulls you in so that you are crying one minute and hoping for better times, then if not laughing, at
Steve Bridger
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In truth I have never been affected so much by a book before. If I could give 10 stars then I would 5 stars are not enough. James Snyder is a rare and wonderful talent. He not only tells a story - his writing makes you live and breathe it. You become emotionally immersed. 'The Beautiful Ugly' is searingly visceral if you're ready to be challenged, to be enraged by the wrongs of society against children, if you're ready to witness evil and then fly high on soaring strength of the human spirit the ...more
K C Smith
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reader
As an avid reader, I require - make that demand - that a story meet a few criteria to be worthy of my attention. I must be able to relate to the protagonist or at least be interested in the character's journey. Next, the Writer must make several stops along my emotional continuum; if I am to become and stay invested in a story, I MUST FEEL. Finally, and perhaps the most important requirement of all, there must be a reason for the ink and paper. Have something to say.

The Beautiful-Ugly describes
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This series was about a girl whose life went from bad to worse. Expect death, abuse, rape, illegal drugs, and a whole lot of unfairness. If you like books like that, you'll probably like this.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abandoned
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

I really hate abandoning books. But this one. I have a really good reason why I should abandon this one. No, it is not because it is long. No, it is more about the content.

Whoo! I should had gotten a rating for this. (Like rated G, PG, PG-13...) This one, The Beautiful-Ugly, is probably on the Rated R scale. Actually, it is pretty darn dark, so it is even further down. Like really dark. There is this child molestation scene and a lot of...

Victims. I'm not
Nov 04, 2014 marked it as to-be-finished
Shelves: first-reads, signed
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Richard Taylor
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the fault is not within ourselves, but with our stars

James Snyder's haunting story of tragedy and despair of a young child kicked around by loss, fostering, abuse, homelessness, and helplessness contains a certain genius that demands determination to appreciate. The story itself is a cruel work of art that deserves five stars. However it in encumbered by being much too long and detailed. One needs discipline to plow through parts of it to fine the pearls. A much shorter and faster moving story w
Nicole Storey
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Would I recommend this trilogy to others? Yes.
Would I ever read it again? No

Though the story is brilliant at times when depicting life in the foster system – the highs, lows, tragedies, and small triumphs – the author tends to go off on tangents, leaving the reader wondering what the point is and if he'll ever reveal it. I felt many of the sex scenes and constant profanity was a bit much. A lot of it was not needed and became tedious after a while. Also, he focused on many aspects of the story
Denise Liebig
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Beautiful Ugly” is a fitting title for the unsettling subject matter contained within. It is the story of a six-year-old girl, Connelly Pierce, who, along with her brother, is placed within the “system” after the sudden death of their parents. The events of this poor little girl’s life are detailed within the memories of her older, broken self. The way in which the author portrays Connelly’s life, placing the reader within the situations the girl has experienced, gives the reader an all-too rea ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read-list
I won this as a First Read on Goodreads.
What a fantastic book!! From the outset the story has you gripped.I will not go into details of the plot and spoil it for anyone.The story follows Connellys life till she is in her Twenties.You feel her highs and lows as you follow her journey.This is not for the faint hearted as parts of it are very gritty and realistic. I felt myself drawn into her story and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.I really enjoyed the style of writing that James ha
Julie Powell
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yes, a disturbing read but then life does have its raw edges, especially when a child is at the mercy of a flawed society...this story holds no punches.

What does happen when a child is orphaned? What measures are in place to keep them safe? Does anyone listen to them or understand how they feel? This book gives possible and depressing answers.

This is about a harrowing journey, yet it does hold out hope. It could have been a shorter read, good editing would sort that.

Overall, a worthy book and ce
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
I don't usually give a book 5 stars, but THE BEAUTIFUL-UGLY blew me away. When the parents of Connelly and Eric are killed in a car accident, they find themselves caught up in government agencies. Brilliantly written I felt as though I could understand their fright and helplessness. I loved descriptions of Connelly's ability to create art. A wonderful read!
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, favorites
I had to search through my past emails to and from the author to find notes to be able to make an accurate review and still, this feeble attempt will never do his book justice. I finished this book in June of last year and was not at that time able to give a proper review due to personal life circumstances...

This is a beautiful, sweeping saga told of what happened to a young girl whose parents died suddenly. While beginning at age six-teen, the author goes back into her life to give us the hist
Peggy Mitchell
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart wrenching, awe inspiring!

I simply loved this book! It was so well written, the story so intricately woven. The trials and tribulations of this young girl tugged at my heartstrings as I was drawn, ever more deeply, into her life. The author expertly painted her thoughts, feelings, and experiences onto the canvas that is this book.

I think this book is a very important work about a real-life situation. To me, it eloquently serves to raise the consciousness of an all-too-frequently occurring s
Kelly Pinella
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Connelly Pierce trusts the wrong people and eventually turns to drugs while she's on the run. The girl is lost in hurt, unable to move through the process of grieving and forgiving. The book is super long, but I was determined to see what happens to the girl who stumbles around from one bad encounter to another in a cruel world. Connelly is a girl who isn't satisfied in life; she's mad at life and greatly disappointed that she's been separated from her only brother and bitter that her parents ar ...more
Linz Bassett
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Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll admit that this book took me longer than necessary to read, simply because it was a somewhat odd read, compared to my usual novels of fantasy, romance and sci-fi. though since it was my first giveaway I had won, I endured the change and read on.
And it was Amazing.
whether it was the way James Snyder artfully created a world of his own where there was no barrier between masking true horrors this world can hide, or the way we, somewhat magically yet depressingly witnessed Connelly Pierce- a
susan murray
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Con and Eric have a normal life until their parents die and everything is turned upside down. They only have each other and soon are separated leaving con on her own having to deal with different things. Life for con has its ups and downs she only wants to be loved but even when that happens something eventually goes wrong and she's on her own for the first time looking for Eric. Interesting reading what happens to con and who she meets along the way. Ending was ok but got a bit lost in parts es ...more
Robin Franks
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harrowing read

Going through Conelly's life is a very harrowing journey. The story telling is very realistic and the tension is emotional in the extreme. This story makes you want to make a difference in the life of a foster child. This book will give you a new perspective on life.
Wendy Jensen
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
An excellent book. I felt so may emotions reading this story. Connelly, six years old and her nine year old brother Eric are split up and lost in the system after their loving parents die in a tragic accident. There is no family that can help them. How they made it as far as they did is a wonder. A very emotional read.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, first-reads
Received through first reads, thanks!

In simplest terms (to me) The Beautiful-Ugly is an epic. It follows Connelly through 14 years or so, from childhood to adulthood and the many different lives-within-lives she goes through. It was definitely emotional, as it's one of those books you can look back at the character and just go "how the hell did they get to this point?"

The Beautiful-Ugly (The Beautiful-Ugly Trilogy, #1)

Into the Abyss (The Beautiful-Ugly Trilogy, #2)

Where All the Rivers Run (The Beautiful-Ugly Trilogy, #3)
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A beautiful yet ugly ride through the tumultuous life and times of Connelly Pierce. Just when I thought it was safe another curve was thrown at me. This story is an emotional roller coaster ride which I may have to save and read again!
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not a bad book just not my cup of tea. I really wanted to quit a fourth of the way through it but couldn't. I had to keep going. Really that is how it was throughout the whole book. Wanting to stop but not being able to until it was finished. I also needed a box of tissues near by at one point.
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won “The Beautiful-Ugly” by James Snyder as a First Read on Goodreads. This book pulls your right in and follows the highs and lows of Connelly's life. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from James Snyder.
Beautiful ugly

This redeeming little story tells the tale of two orphans who get caught in a system that still leaves our children vulnerable and how with a little love and kindness most things. can be overcome
Clare Hardy
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
what a page turner I have rushed through this book. From the first page the darkness of this book had me gripped. Well written with a great story a really good book
Dolores Ledesma
Me costo mucho terminarlo!
Karen Latham
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and heart breaking

I'm not good at reviews. I just wanted to say thank you.
It's not my normal type of book but it was beautifully-ugly
This wasn't a bad book but it was a long one. Originally written as a trilogy it is now just one book. It was interesting and devastating to read about Connelly's was just long. I found myself skimming the last "book". I would've enjoyed it more if it was written as a standalone book and not had so much filler in it. If I would've read each section separately I wouldn't have finished the series
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