God Don't Like Ugly Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2006
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0758220325
- Product dimensions : 4.24 x 1.16 x 6.82 inches
- Publisher : Kensington; 0-7394-1435-6 edition (December 1, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #710,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I still have the sequel under the stairs. I will be digging it out soon.
The storyline of this book, though very depressing, was still one that kept me glued to my Kindle. Annette's, the main character's, narration was both riveting and heartbreaking. Her childhood told through her eyes had such a low-key voice, yet this is what made the story so horrific.
In need of financial aid, Annette's mother took in a boarder, Mr. Boatwright, a man she considered to be an upright Christian, which is how he presented himself to her and the world. This is why, when he raped Annette, she didn't feel that anyone would believe her if she were to tell. Her thought processes about the abuse are so realistic as to be painful. Her almost complacent acceptance is wrenching.
When Rhoda, Annette's new best friend, entered the tale, I felt like cheering. I thought that she would be the one to 'save' Annette. After that, I was amazed, though not completely incorrect, at the direction the book took.
I was concerned while reading this about the fact that there was a sequel. So many books that are part of a series, or even have just one sequel, are unsatisfying in themselves. That was not the case here. This book was a terrific stand-alone, with a full, satisfying ending.
Character Development: 5 Stars
Annette was a simplistic character, which befitted the storyline. She wasn't particularly unique, which made her tale that much more heartbreaking. You could imagine just about any child going through what she did.
Rhoda was a roller coaster ride. All I will say is that she was intriguing. After finishing the book, I thought back on her character and nodded my head. It all fit. She was definitely my favorite character.
Mr. Boatwright was a sad excuse for a human being. I loved the way the author actually introduced some "empathetic evidence", yet did not expect the reader to buy it.
Writing Style: 4 3/4 Stars
The writing style was a little simplistic, even for being told from Annette's viewpoint. The sentence structuring could have been a little more complex; instead, it was more of a YA style. However, for all that, the style still made for an easy read. Also, in an odd way, this simplistic style made the story evoke stronger emotions.
Ms. Monroe handled the "graphic" scenes in a respectful and tactful manner without any detriment to the horror of it.
Rating: R for Pedophilia and Rape
For lack of better words, I simply loved this book. It was an interesting story, and the characters were all at least interesting (Scary Mary) even when they were not likable (Mr. Boatwright), although I did feel terribly bad for what Mr. Boatwright endured as a young boy.