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Ugly by [McHeyzer, Margaret]
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Length: 323 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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New York Times Bestselling Young Adult Novel:
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/NA standalone, full-length novel. Contains violence and some explicit language.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3792 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016Y7ZU1G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

The first sentence of the prologue worried me. However, I was encouraged to read on by my morbid curiosity. Anxious to turn the pages, I found myself picking the book up, putting it down, thinking about it while getting on with other things. I lost sleep and even fell into a slumber with book in hand only to wake up startled. This has to be one of the most difficult and disturbing reads for me yet, so therefore I feel it necessary to warn you that the Lily Anderson's story is one of child abuse. Strong language and vividly described scenes which literally horrified me, are rife.

One thing is the harsh storyline and another is the author's writing style which I really liked. Told in first person and present, the linearly fashion used gives the book a continuity. Some parts are Lily's flashbacks though and this extension of the plot gives the book even more strength if that were ever possible. I loved how her sentences were clipped and precise. I loved how she developed Lily's character from a six year old to a woman in her midtwenties. I hated what she had to go through to become a person in her own right. Despite so much despair and so little hope, I had every faith in the author's storytelling abilities. And she didn't disappoint.

Lily's father is nothing less than an ogre. It is hard to image what he put her through, how cruel and to what extremes he would go to, to make his daughter suffer. His constant insults and repression form his daughter's personality which in turn, makes her believe that she is ugly and worthless. She has no friends and no wish for them either. All she wants is to disappear off the face of the earth. Not being noticed means no explanations are called for.
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Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer
5*

Wow! This was an incredibly intense read for me and one that I was not entirely prepared for.

McHeyzer brings forth a very sensitive topic in this book that I haven't really read about in-depth before and for that reason, it was at times, a difficult read. There were so many times that I just wanted to shake Lily in this book! I wanted her to to see the light, for her to recognize her own worth, and frankly, to grow a pair but she had to get there in her own way. I daresay, much like real-life, outsiders can see the situation much clearer and more objectively than those involved. I think the author did a brilliant job with this book. I think she treated the topic with respect and did it a great justice.

The book may have triggers for some, otherwise highly recommend.

*arc received in exchange for honest review.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog
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4.5 stars

This is a tale about a girl. A girl that has been so broken that her spirit floats in the breeze like ash. She’s what you read about in the paper, hear about in the news. She’s the face of the domestic violence victim who stays. Lily is brainwashed, dominated and beaten by her father. She thinks she’s escaped his cruel world but only enters another.

This story will shock you, bewilder you and leave you wondering how anyone can stay in an environment like that. This book will be too much for many readers. For some, it will resonate.

Lily’s shines bright like a beacon of hope.

I was given the privilege of being a beta reader for this book and I am giving my honest opinion.
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By Caz on 6 August 2016
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WOW

It's now 3am in Australia and I couldn't put this book down until I finished this book.

Let me begin by saying how silly I am (that's putting it nicely), I have had this book staring at me in my library for months and months and I give my self a massive slap on the forehead for not starting this sooner.

Where to start what an amazing story, the way the author wrote this story was fantastic. There's not many books I can say, I have wanted to cry, get angry, get so frustrated with the main character Lily but also feel so sorry for her. I just loved Lily and how many times I was screaming in my head at her to just go just get the hell out.

I loved her best friends Liam and Shayne they were fantastic characters as well.

To stuttering Max goodness me loved loved loved him, I'd take one of him if he walked into my local cafe.

If you into books with a strong as hell main character, that comes from the lowest of lows to come out on top and you don't mind violent abuse and crazy family's then you have to read this book if you haven't already.

Thank you Margaret McHeyzer firstly for keeping me up all night, thank you for providing a book with so many feels in the best possible way. I am so glad I finally read this and now can't wait to read your other books 5++++
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** Review written by Gayle from Bloggers From Down Under **

Meet Lily.
Young, just twelve years old.
She should be enjoying life, going to school, socialising with friends. just simply being a young girl.
But she isn’t.
She’s living in hell.
She’s living with a monster.
Each day is the same.
Always hungry, always fearful that he’ll come for her.
She lives in fear.
Death would be so much better.
Lily prays for it, the darkness, the stillness to take her pain away.
But it never comes.

This is the life of a girl abused at a level so many suffer from each and every single day.

This is Lily’s story.
This is her voice.

Ugly…Guys this hurt….And I mean hurt beyond hurt. My chest ached, I ugly cried, it hurt to breathe.
And I absolutely loved every minute of it.

It’s extremely rare and unique that a novel can capture you and take you hostage just by reading the prologue, but Ugly did.
From the first word to the very last I was transfixed, I honestly couldn’t put it down.

The emotion.
The subject matter.
The rawness.
The grittiness.
The detail.
Ugly had it all.

At times I’ll be honest I found some scenes distressing, but I pushed through and why?
Because Ugly is a perfect example of so many women and men in this world that are affected by domestic abuse. A real problem in the real world that I personally don’t believe is addressed enough.
So many victims are unheard, left to deal with the trauma on their own, suffering each and every single day because the fear grips them so tightly that they cannot see a way to claw themselves out of it.
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