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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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What everyone is saying about Ugly:
Amazon reviewer says: As a domestic violence survivor myself it brought back a lot of bad memories but also made me think about how strong a person must be to walk away and never look back.
Kitty Kats Crazy About Books says: "UGLY: Will stay with me for a long long time, such a powerful, thought provoking roller coaster of a book."
Sisterhood of the Travelling Book Blog says: "This book is about enduring, and finding your inner strength, and worthiness to overcome pain and suffering."
Lina's Reviews Book Blog says: "The characters were simply breathtaking."
I Love Story Time says: "Ugly was a raw and emotional story. I was in tears throughout the whole book."
The Art of Romanace Promotions says: "This writer was born to write......This book will be on my top favorite reads of 2015."
Nerdy, Dirty and Flirty says: "This book was so powerful. I could not put it down."
Bound by Books says: "One of this years best books for sure."

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Foreword:
Ugly is not an easy book to read. The subject matter is not easy to deal with. Ugly deals with physical and emotional abuse.
Many people do not understand the dynamics of domestic abuse. Why, they wonder, would a woman stay with a partner who was abusive? The answers are simple. Lack of self-esteem, a feeling of powerlessness, no positive role models, lack of resources...take your pick. Singly, or in combination, all can factor into a woman feeling as if she has no choice but to submit to an abusive partner.
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 off from friends and family (if you have any), where do you go? What do you use for rent? For food? Shame and fear of judgement keep you from telling anyone what you've experienced. Fear of your partner keeps you from demanding better treatment.
Fear becomes your constant companion. Your life is governed by artificial rules set by your partner, which may change at a moment's notice. The rules are reinforced by brutal beatings and other physical abuse. You cling to the small kindnesses your partner may allow you. They tell you that whatever you suffer, it's your fault; you've brought it upon yourself.
Put yourself in the shoes of an abuse victim. Forget your bank accounts, your credit cards, your home and car. All you have are the clothes on your back. Where do you go for help? And what do you tell people when you ask for it? How will they react? You will be humiliated, there is no question of that. You will still live by someone else's rules. And if you're lucky, your partner won't find you before you get back on your feet.
You will need to work, and chances are you haven't been allowed enough education to qualify for more than clerking at a retail outlet. You cringe every time the door opens, afraid your partner will be the next person through the door, afraid they've finally found you and that this time, they may beat you to death.
The scenario is even worse if there are children involved. Think about how you would react in this situation. Can you understand how a family history of abuse can lead to future generations of abusive cycles? I'm not asking you to feel sympathy, although it would be difficult not to. I'm asking you to remember, abuse survivors have spent their time in hell. If you judge a survivor for living, then you're judgement is misplaced.
When you read Ugly, think about your loving family, and the support you have from them. And remember, Lily is not like you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1864 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016Y7ZU1G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

First off if you did not read the synopsis this book is very DARK and has abuse within the story.

This book hit me right in the heart from the start and had me within its grasps to the very end.
Lily is the main character and she has been through hell since she was a little girl, I kept wondering what would make her father want to beat her, call her names, and not feed her and I got my answer at the very end. I kept wondering if we would ever be told and so when it came to be I was like OMG how heartbreaking for all involved.
While Lily is dealing with things at home somehow she has caught the eye of Trent and I knew from the way he was acting something was very very off on him but I didn't want to pinpoint it if I wasn't correct. Though I was. All you can wonder through out the story is WHY did no ONE think to ask Lily what was going or why she was so skinny. It was like no one wanted to truly ask as I guess because it wasn't their business. As the story progresses it just seems to get worse for Lily and you are left wondering will she ever find happiness, will she ever have a normal life?
Then pops in not only her one true friend but later on a true gentleman. Shayne is a good person for Lily as a friend not only does she worry about her and her situation; you can tell they have an amazing friendship only because for friends to lose contact and then meet up again like nothing has changed (even though it has in life) is a true friendship.
When she meets Max Lily knows to take things very slowly with him and it seems Max can relate to Lily's situation and is willing to be there for her no matter what.
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Hard story to read. Does not sugar coat the horrible abuse Lilly grows up with. The view point we get really makes you get why the cycle of abuse repeats over and over. It takes you to the edge a few times. Lilly is able to find the courage to escape before she is killed. I loved this part of the story. Its not rushed. She slowly becomes the beautiful person she was meant to be and gets a wonderful love story on top of that. Secondary characters are fun too. Its a bit graphic for young readers, but I think anyone who has lived through any kind of abuse could benefit from reading Lilly's story.
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A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley

Where do I even begin with this one? You think you're prepared, when you read a novel like this one. Then you start reading and realize that you completely underestimated the impact it would have on you.

I think that unless you are in the position that Lily is in, you just don't know how you'll handle it. Here is a girl who has been abused for YEARS and YEARS. She honestly believes that she'll never amount to anything and she's ugly. She has a father who thinks she should be dead. I'm sorry, but that just does something to a person... a parent thinking you'll be better off dead. So put your preconceptions away and go in with an open mind.

This is a long story, but I wouldn't change any of it. It depicts Lily's life as she suffers, struggles, makes a LOT of mistakes, but eventually learns from them and learns to love herself. It's not an easy journey. She faces mountains along the way that she must climb in order to garner even the slightest victory. Two steps forward and one step back.

This is NOT a feel good read. You'll go through a whole range of emotions and just get very angry at parts. If you read all the way until the end, you'll be happy you stuck with it. The message in this one is hard to ignore.

Be Strong.
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This a dark, complex, amazing read!

McHeyzer unfolds her main character Lily Anderson before readers. What we see is the emotional, psychologica, mental, emotional and physical damage that is inflicted upon Lily throughout the story. But before you all go running off, McHeyzer provides us with the opposing strengths of Lily - her amazing resilience when faced with so much adversity from so many avenues, her ability to maintain the appearance to the outside world that she is functioning and ok, her resilence to get back up and keep going, her ethic, her honesty, her kindness and her vulnerability.

Whilst it was Lily's story - the themes that McHeyzer explores are universal and extremely relevant. I personally think when writer's write material that provokes a response from readers - then they have done their job successfully. Whether this response is empathising with Lily, or feeling the need to act for social justice so that others are less vulnerable in being exposed to domestic violence - whether as a helpless and powerless child or as an adult - the notion of being worthy is universal and still resonates equally.

McHeyzer takes her readers on an emotional journey, that cannot help leaving you question the impact of other's negativity and perceptions tin influence and shape, degrade or uplift, inspire or drown those around by their interactions. Throughout Ugly, McHeyzer provides real, developed characters which serve to aid/ hamper/ or uplift Lily's journey.

I loved this book. It resonated deeply, personally and univerally for me. I cried for Lily through the hard times she endured, and I cried for her during the times she experienced happiness. She was a complex character who was brilliantly unravelled for readers by McHeyzer, and I loved that universal notion of finding oneself to be worthy - to find your own voice, to be able to ask, to hear and to receive.

Thank you.
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