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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.


*This is a dark YA/
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Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published October 26th 2015 (first published January 1st 2015)
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**༻Complimentary Copy༺** Provided by the author "Margaret McHeyzer" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

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TITLE: Ugly
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
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Nastassja
Nov 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
*This book was generously provided to me by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

**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

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Margaret
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
UGLY IS LIVE
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**For warning**

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
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 Linathebookaddict
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, abuse
I love books with messages. This book gives us lessons. Be strong. Stand up for yourself. Never doubt you are worthy of love. Never let anyone make you believe you are anything but precious.
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
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John Gilbert
Mar 24, 2022 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult read. Coercive control to the max by abusive males.

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
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J.L. Perry
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be given an ARC for this book before release. All I can say is WOW, this book blew me away. Lily's story will pull at your heart strings, no scrap that, it will crush your heart, make it bleed. This story is not for the faint hearted. My heart broke for Lily right from the very first page, and every page after, as her story unfolded. I felt a wide range of emotions while reading Ugly. Sadness, heartache, anger, pure-f@cking-rage. There were times I wanted reached into the b ...more
Willow Madison
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
This had potential, but fizzled out quickly for me. It's a pet-peeve of mine when a book's title is over used within the contents of the book...I mean, come on! How many times can we hear the word "ugly" in a row here?!

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
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Jeannette Nikolova
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

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
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Helen Power
This book is dark. I know, you would assume that from the cover (a picture of a girl literally crying) and the title (not exactly upbeat) and even the synopsis. But I’ve been reading a lot of books like these, and I have to say that this one is darker than the rest. The novel is categorized as a romance, and while there are romantic elements, I would say that the book is more about a girl learning to love herself. Sure, Max plays a role in that, but his role is much less significant than that of ...more
NMmomof4
2 Stars

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)
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NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
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Markéta
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well.. Damn. This was good.

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
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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
MM has opened her chest and showed us her heart in this story. It's a sobfest from the word go. It squeezes out every tear of frustration and every cry for help from Lily Anderson and ME. The people in her life which were supposed to love her unconditionally and shelter her from all the evils of the world, become monsters and trap her in the tower of torture & abuse. The sharp blades of slurs and criticism ripped MY soul to shreds. All the slaps and punches rained down upon ME!

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Valerie (Howler_Puff)
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-own, read-2016
3.5

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
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Mens Rea
Feb 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
What this book is about:

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
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❤️Melanie G.📖💛
This book was a difficult read to say the least. The contents of this book makes you cringe, cry, furious and heartbroken. Along with that you also feel strength, hope, love, trust and self discovery.
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
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Annika
DNF at 35%

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
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Carlene Inspired
I hate rating a book that approaches a tough subject so low, but I felt I had to in this case. Abuse, domestic violence, and sexual abuse are very hard subjects to talk about, write about, and think about. While it is the reality for many, it is easy to shy away from the subject and remain blissfully unaware. I don't feel that way, I want to embrace the problem and bring hope for a better future. I applaud books that approach it, that can open up the communication lines for friends, family membe ...more
Liz
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, dark, netgalley
Wow... This was a pretty difficult read... I think in the back of my mind I didn't allow myself to think that some of this stuff, somewhere, to someone, is reality... I swear, I was a big depressing bag of misery while reading... Very difficult...

I don't want to say much on how this book evolves, but it covers a full journey...
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Tash
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
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
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Violet_Musonda Winchester
Ugly, Ugly, Ugly… *tsk tsk tsk* Where do I begin with you…?

#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
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Briana Pacheco
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abuse, dark, ya, contemporary
WARNING: This book is DARK! Also, the main character had no one in her life to show her love, care for her, and help her. Her reasoning for sticking with Trent is because she feels like she's to blame. She thinks she's too stupid and ugly. It's what everyone tells her so it sticks. Please do NOT go into this book thinking she is dense.

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
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T.H.
Wow...this story was brilliant and I'm not sure I can truly put into words how deeply it touched me.

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
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Queen Bee
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Megan
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
What an apt title for this book. There is so much 'ugly' in this world and unfortunately for Lily she is surrounded by it for the majority of her childhood and well into adulthood. No one should ever have to endure a life such as Lily's. As a reader I was fully submersed into that world, making it a difficult book to read; it was so sad and just hurt so much.

Though the conditions are harsh this book is about survival. It's about being conditioned to believe in lies and then fighting to overcome
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Book Loving Fairy-Blog
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

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
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Yelena Bosh
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Stefanie Kral
✯✯5 Beautifully Ugly Stars!!!✯✯

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!
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Crystal
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars...

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
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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
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