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.
*This is a dark YA/ ...more
AUTHOR: Margaret McHeyzer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
RELEASE DATE: October 20th, 2015
MY RATING: 5 STARS
UGLY: Will stay with me for a long long time, such a powerful, thought provoking roller coaster of a book..I connected with Lily on such an emotional level, the physical and emotional abuse had my heart breaking and my head reeling, such a powe ...more
**This review contains only my personnel opinion on the events of the book. You can agree or disagree with it.**
DNF at about 30%
Domestic abuse is a sensitive topic and rises a lot of moral questions. And it is not an easy topic to discuss. Some things are hard to understand for those who never was subjected to something horrible like violence at home from people who were suppos...more
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Women who have been brought up to respect themselves and assert their independence think it's simple. Just walk out. But when your partner controls all the resources and you have been cut o ...more
Lily's story touched me. Abused. Hurt. Abandoned. She was a pawn for quite a while. Her father did not care. He hurt her. Her first love used her as well until she was broken. A teenage girl with no future gives us a great lesson in strength and humility.
The book very tastefully handles heavy themes of abuse ...more
First it was her father verbally, emotionally and physically abusing her, then her boyfriend, who 'rescued' her from her father, then he became even worse, but interspersed with 'nice to her'. Lily hardly realised the abuse she is getting because she believes it is her fault and that she is ugly and stupid. Lucky to have such a handsome boyfiend. Early on when she decides to leave the relationship at her friend Shayne's urg ...more
The characters were all flat. I get that this is a tough subject, but there was no depth given to any of the scenes or any chances for the characters to be brought to a level of understanding where I would care about them.
And the ending was just meh. Far fetched and pretty clich ...more
To be honest, I feel somewhat guilty when I give a low rating to a book addressing issues as serious as these, like Ugly or This Is Where It Ends. But the thing is, with both of these books I have this nasty feeling that the topic has been milked. As far as Ugly goes, however, my main issue was not with the idea of the book, but rather with the writing style of the author.
First of all, I want to say something about the topic of Ugly: domestic violence ...more
Overall Opinion: I think this had some potential, but sadly failed. I like a good angsty read every once and I while, and I couldn't connect enough with the characters to get emotional. I was bored. (view spoiler)[ It was WAY too easy for the h to leave her husband. I felt like the climax of leaving him just fizzled out and was very anticlimactic. She has some nasty encounters with him much later, but I don't think it was handled well in that it was months after leaving him and their di ...more
UGLY isn't your classical love story. No. Not even close. It's dark and deep. It takes us inside woman's head who's been abused her whole life. It starts when she's still a teenager and her father beats her and verbally insults her. She goes days without food because he can't be bothered to buy it.
Then Trent came to the picture and I thought "good, he'll save her and proctect her from her father". He seems to do just that. For a while.. Trent seems perfect. He's patie ...more
This story has hit ...more
Possible spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
I try to stay clear of these type of books. Books that deal with real life issues. I get enough RL as it is. This "spoke to me" and I had to get it. I have never been in a physically abusive relationship, but I have gone thru some verbal/emotional abuse. Nothing as intense as Lily. I know a lot of the reviews call the MC "stupid" and "unrealistic" for staying with her dad and **POSSIBLE SPOILER** Trent. I do not find her stupid at all. I find her ...more
In this story we follow Lily, an almost 18-year-old girl who lives with her abusive (physically and mentally) father. Her mother died some years ago and all Lily has learned from her father is how ugly, incapable, stupid and insignificant she is. On her way back from school one day, she meets a guy named Trent who is the first person ever to tell her she is beautiful. After a particularly nasty night at her father's house when he was drunk and beat her to unconsciousness ...more
I loved this book and the journey it took me on. Emotional rollercoaster it definitely is and worth every moment. This book was beautifully written and told. I will say this book is one that I won't forget. Along with Lily, Max and the other characters that stood by Lily in her darkest hours and ha ...more
I hate giving negative reviews. I especially hate giving negative reviews to books that were kindly given to me for free by the author. But that's what it is about in the end, right? My honest opinion.
And honestly, this book just made me angry and depressed. I knew this wasn't going to be a feel-good read. I was expecting and looking forward to something dark, something gritty, something to stir my emotions and make me uncomfortable. And that, it did.
Abuse, whether it be of domestic, s ...more
I don't want to say much on how this book evolves, but it covers a full journey... ...more
Review copy kindly provided by author in exchange for a honest review
Ever so often I come across a book that blows me away. I know with Ugly I was going to get a book that I would LOVE but I never thought I would get a book of this magnitude. A book that I sit here as I write this review, wondering two things. Why I haven’t read anything by this author before and where the heck did this book come from. As quiet simply I don’t know if I can write a review th ...more
#SorryNotSorry but this book. Got. Me. Fucked. Up!
Not in a, oh my goodness how can all these terrible things happen to a person fucked up. But the kind of cringe-worthy, eye-rolling, cheesy-mac-cheese, terrible character development (what character development?!?), bad story execution type of fucked up.
I gave up at 47% and skimmed through the 1 star/2 star and 5 star reviews on Goodreads and a majority of the lower ratings DNF at th ...more
5 'Snowflake' stars
Lily is mentally, physically, and emotionally abused by her father at a very young age and it doesn't stop. His words and his actions are so cru ...more
Lily's story was so intense, so gripping I had a hard time putting it down. From the first few pages I was sucked into a world where pain, heartache and loss were so overwhelming. I felt everything Lily felt, yet there was no way I could jump through the pages and help her.
I'm not going to lie, there were moments throughout this story I gasped for air, the struggles she faced are so true, so rea ...more
Though the conditions are harsh this book is about survival. It's about being conditioned to believe in lies and then fighting to overcome ...more
Ugly is DARK, intense and abusive, it's raw, real and painful. At times I had to walk away from the book angry because of Lily's excuses and reasoning. She like most victims, blames herself for all the terrible things that happen to her. But don't give up on her, she finally decides to do something about her circumstances and with the support of friends, loved ones and an unexpected gentleman. Lily is able to turn her world around and the ending is absolutely phenomenal! Well done Margar ...more
It was never like this before. Ever.
I'm twelve years old and I can remember when Mom, Dad, and I were all happy. But that was years ago. It's been a long time since there's been any happiness in this house.
If this book doesn't make you a crying mess, there is no saving your soul. I cannot begin to explain how deep this story touched me. I'm not trying to be cheesy or cliche but without having too many expectations of an author who I haven't read their work before, UGLY moves past the dark an ...more
I was nervous to read this. I was both mentally and physically abused so I went into this book with my guard up. I fell in love with Margaret when I read her book A Life Less Broken and Allyn she's still one of my all time favorites. But, Ugly wow!!! It's a YA book and very dark on top of that. This is a must read.
Lily lives with her father.Her mother passed away. Her father is an unbelievably cruel, evil, violent, drunk ugly piece of crap. There I said it! ...more
Lily doesn't know what it is to live in a home where you have a loving caring family. Her mom passed away years ago and she is being raised by her father, if that's what you want to call it. He's horrible! He's atrocious! He's an absolutely deplorable human being. He not only hurts her physically but emotionally as well. Lily has no one to turn to, she does everything to be invisible to her teachers and peers at school and it's been working, until one day a boy smiles at her. Soon th ...more
This book was so powerful. I could not put it down. Lily's story is amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. To go from one abusive household to another.....
Lily has grown up feeling worthless, because well, that is what she was told. She was told this so often she believed it. There was a tragic accident that happened when she was very young and that is when everything started. Now at 17 she finally has the strength to leave her father behind and not look back. Little does she know, her savi ...more
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF UGLY AND MISTRUST
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I'm Margaret and I'm a self-published author.
Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best selling status on my YA/NA book - Ugly, and my YA book - Mistrust.
My last three books have been YA and I'm completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and ...more