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Hideous Beauty

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  127 reviews
When Dylan and Ellis’s secret relationship is exposed on social media, Dylan is forced to come out. To Dylan’s surprise they are met with support and congratulations, and an amazing reception at their highschool dance. Perhaps people aren’t as narrow-minded as he thought?

But Dylan’s happiness is short-lived. Ellis suddenly becomes angry, withdrawn, and as they drive home f
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 28th 2020 by Usborne Publishing
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, queer
This should have been their love story. But one of them is dead.

One moment Dylan and his boyfriend Ellis are driving to a romantic picnic, the next they're drowning in a lake, stuck inside the car. Only Dylan makes it out alive, rescued in the last second by a mysterious saviour. But they left Ellis behind. And Dylan is set on finding out why.

Hideous Beauty is a dark YA mystery. I'm glad to see that the publisher decided to add content warnings at the beginning of the book that informs readers a
Alexandra Scarpello
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is my call to action to never trust Twitter marketing again.

TLDR Tropes:

- Contemporary thriller
- Gay lead
- Some mystery elements
-Character study

I picked this book up instantly after reading on Twitter about how it was an emotional thriller akin to "One of Us is Lying" with an LGBT star. I struggled even writing the tropes list on this review because Hideous Beauty was such an emotional dead zone to me.

The story revolves around Dylan, who has an amazing Boyfriend named Ellis. When the two
John Moore
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really beautiful LGBT+ story. A thriller mixed with a gorgeous romance that had my heart doing flip flops. I really recommend it to any one who loves a good mystery and relatable queer characters. Out June 2020 from Usborne and sure to be a hit!
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*TW: Grief, Survivors Guilt, Drug Use, Cancer, Rape and Abuse*

Wow, I'm not even sure where to start with this review. Friends, this book has left me all over the place! By far, one of my absolute favourite reads of 2020. (I'm going to keep this as non spoilery as far as possible, because nobody's experience of reading this book should be tarnished)

The characters guys, these characters!, Dylan is such a relatable character, in so many aspects of his personality and thought processes I could see m
Karen Barber
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Even though one of the characters dies early on, this is a love story through and through. It’s the love story of Dylan and Ellis, but it’s also about the love between friends and the love we need to have for ourselves to really live.
The book opens with Ellis and Dylan making a big coming-out statement at their school dance. There’s a very positive vibe - until we learn this situation has been somewhat forced on them after someone anonymously posted a clip of them being intimate online. It seems
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This is the best book I’ve read in 2020.

I can’t even put everything this book made me feel into words. I cried for probably 75% of the time I spent reading it, but it’s the reason this book was so good.

I’ll probably rewrite this review once I stop crying, but please know that this book is a gem. I picked it up barely knowing what it was about (I wasn’t aware of something that is literally stated in the description), and maybe that’s how you should go about it.

Hideous Beauty was beautiful becaus
William Stafford
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't read much Young Adult fiction, being neither young nor particularly adult, but I devoured this book in a couple of days. This is the gay love story I needed years and years ago - but I guess the world was different back when I was growing up. Think 'Love Simon' with added tragedy and a thread of mystery that runs through the narrative, which unfolds across a timeline that veers between the present and the recent past. It's a sweet and witty read, and you fall for the two leads almost as ...more
Minx Laura
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amazing book. Please everyone read this book. Wow truly touching and thought provoking.
Empire of Books
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come but I absolutely adored every single page of this.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Content warning: Car Accident, Death, Homophobia, Biphobia, Abuse, Rape, Violence, PTSD, Drug Abuse

I wish I could give this book more stars. I really do. Not to sound cliché but: I wanted to love this. It's gorgeously written, heartbreaking, sad and still managed to crack me up now and then. William Hussey is one great writer and "Hideous Beauty" is a complex exploration of identity, grief, loss and basically just a well-written coming of age novel that I really enjoyed. Well, for the most part
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Holy shit who do I have to kill to get a copy of this book
Reuben Thomas
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites-2020
TLDR, avoiding in-depth commentary and spoilers: I love love love this book. Buy it, read it, support it. Brilliant, realistic characters; excellent queer representation; thrilling mystery; important themes; beautiful writing. Essential reading. SERIOUSLY BUY IT.

Full review: This was our second book club read and I’m pleased to say it was much better received than the first. We did it over the space of five weeks, and for the first few chats we didn’t actually have much specific to say other the
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Hideous Beauty by William Hussey has been one of my favourite reads of 2020. The love between Dylan and Ellis was so beautiful and emotional and I felt absolutely wrung out after reading this book.

The main premise of the story is that because of a leaked viral sex video, Dylan is forced to come out to his parents about his and El's secret relationship. They decide to go to a school dance to get the awkwardness of seeing their classmates after the video is seen out of the way. Things seem to go
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Usborne Publishing for providing me with a copy of Hideous Beauty, in exchange for an honest review!

Dylan and Ellis have been seeing each other, in secret, for several months, because while Ellis is openly gay, Dylan hasn't come out to his parents or people at school yet.  When a video of them is leaked on social media, Dylan knows it's time to let them know, before they hear it from neighbourhood gossip.  With everyone showing more support than he expected, a bright future
Jacob Smithson
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Wow! This book had me in all kinds of feels. I highly recommend this book!
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unfortunately, I predicted a few of the mysteries quite early in, but this is still a very important book.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, m-m, mature-ya
Beautiful romance.
Beautiful friendship.
Hideous ugly-crying throughout.

I could not put this down!
Kat Ellis
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An incredible book about first love, acceptance, and the secrets we bury deep within ourselves. This broke my heart and pieced it back together. Just brilliant.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf

***Book given by UK publisher, Usborne, in exchange for an honest review/reaction***

After his secret relationship with Ellis is exposed on social media, Dylan has the come out. But, to his surprise, everyone is really kind and supportive. Or at least, seem to be. So when Ellis’s car loses control and things take a tragic turn, Dylan begins to realise that he knows very little about the boy he love and the people around him. But Dylan knows he has to figure out th
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
everything about hideous beauty was perfect, and i fell in love instantly.

this book kept my attention from the very first to the very last page, which generally doesn’t happen a lot. reading it was a literal roller coaster of feelings; at first, i was exposed to a huge amount of humor and cuteness, so i ignored the book summary and thought, so it’s going to be another fluffy contemporary after all? but fortunately, it wasn’t. as soon as i got used to the characters’ humor (which was exquisite, b
Beth Jones
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book at YALC last year in a competition and I was super excited. I’ve felt drawn to it for a while and I kept seeing amazing things about it online. And those thoughts were definitely not wrong, this book really impressed me!

The first thing I noticed was wow, this book is dark. I read the first 50 pages one night in one go and it was harrowing. I did not expect this to be so dark and truly upsetting, but it was also so downright beautiful. Dylan, Ellis and Mike were all such great cha
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Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading Hideous Beauty some days ago and I just can’t stop thinking about it. I haven’t read such a haunting book in a while.

It’s so painful yet beautiful. Raw and intense. Deep and authentic. I was captivated from the very beginning. But if you think after reading the summary of the book you’re prepared for this... let me tell you: you’re not. I spent most of the book actually crying and with teary eyes but also smiling and in awe. The characters are absolutely wonderful, each in th
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book 😁

I won't go into the plot as I don't want to give anything away so I'll just let you know what I loved. Firstly the main characters Dylan and Ellis, I loved them, individually and together as a couple. They had so much personality, I felt I clicked with them early on in the book. And the way Hussey portrayed the relationship between the two was beautiful, he brought across such a purity of first love.

I really enjoyed how the book went back and forth between presen
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was really emotional and such a good read. The mystery behind Ellis's secrecy builds up slowly as Dylan struggles to come to terms with his powerful feelings for him. Dylan's grief at Ellis's death and his emotions while watching his best friend try to fight an incurable illness start to consume him and he becomes obsessed with finding out who saved him and left Ellis to die on that fateful night. The prejudice and homophobia from classmates and adults throughout the book gives it a da ...more
Bradley Birkholz
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed William's 'Hideous Beauty.' It's a touching tale of LGBTQ+ identity and relationships with an intense, emotional mystery interlaced. I completely fell in love with the characters and was in constant emotional turmoil with each page over what transpired. I think that William covers aspects of the LGBTQ+ experience in such an intimate, poignant, and powerful way, and I couldn't recommend this book enough!
James Bennett
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HIDEOUS BEAUTY tells the story of Dylan and Ellis, two teen high school students. By turns, it's an uplifting love story and a dark mystery, with a powerful message of acceptance and hope at its heart.

Fresh, intriguing and moving, William Hussey presents an effervescent and heartfelt tale that will doubtless thrill readers young and not-so-young alike.

A stand-out work of Young Adult LGBTQ fiction, HIDEOUS BEAUTY deserves every accolade coming its way.
Stéven Khalgui
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly a masterpiece. I had to stop reading it in public because I couldn't hold the tears anymore.

The last 50 pages broke me, I had to take my time reading them, as I kept crying over and over.

I will forever keep this book in my heart.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. Breathtaking, beautiful writing and with some shocking plot twists. I adored this.
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