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Born Ugly by Beth Goobie
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Read from April 09 to 11, 2012

Shir knows her future doesn't hold much for her; how could it when her life to this point has been so miserable? Her mother hates her because she is a reminder of her drunk dad; she can't count the number of times she has been threatened with being kicked out of her home. Her facial features make her an easy target of meanies at school, where she has had dog excrement smeared on her face, to go along with the moniker of "Dog Face." She finds solace in her part-time job making deliveries for a convenience store and also at "MySpace," her name for a spot near a local bridge where she drinks beer. Another teen finds her there and as they slowly become friends, Shir begins to come out of her shell. Something about the delivery business causes her to wonder if the packages contain only groceries. Who can she turn to for help?

The pain of bullying is more than adequately described in this novel. Shir endures things that should happen to no one and one way she copes is with alcohol. She is at times not a likeable protagonist but who can blame her attitude with what she is living with? Recommended for ages 14+ due to language and teen drinking.
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