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Publisher's Summary

Reminiscent of best-selling writers Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, critically acclaimed author Mary Monroe is a fresh voice in contemporary literature. In God Don't Like Ugly, she weaves a powerful tale of devastating abuse, the strength of friendship, and the burden of terrible secrets. Shy, overweight Annette Goode is only seven years old when Mr. Boatwright, a boarder in her house, begins sexually abusing her. She keeps this information to herself for years, until gorgeous, self-assured Rhoda Nelson becomes her new friend. Annette confides in Rhoda and finds the strength and courage to survive to adulthood. But Rhoda has skeletons in her closet that could doom them both.
©2000 Mary Monroe (P)2001 Recorded Books,LLC
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1 out of 5 stars
By anmlfan on 08-25-12

I finished it, but it was a struggle

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Monroe again?

Probably not

How could the performance have been better?

The voices were whiny and began to grate on me after a while.

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure if it was the narration, the story, the characters, or the fact that my lack of sympathy for the main character makes me feel like a horrible human, but something about this book really turned me off. I finished listening to it, but it was painful. I am horrified at my lack of sympathy for the young girl in this story, but honestly, I just didn't find her situation realistic. Maybe if the author had done more to help me believe in her, or the narrator hadn't made me want to scream "JUST TELL YOUR DAM**D MOM, ALREADY, SO I CAN STOP LISTENING TO THIS BOOK!!" I may have been more on her side.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on 03-21-14


This is a story that was hard for me to pause and continue, later. Best of all, was the excellent job of the narrator. Her voice, with the Southern accent, and inflections, made me subconsciencely, nod my head in recognition. The actual story, was mind-boggling. And, until the story was nearly finished, I very frustrated with the lead chacerter. What happened to her at an early age; was sad. But, there was no justification for her to keep that terrible relationsip going when she was old enough to know better. I also loved the fact that the author did not stoop to allowing Annette to slim down to what most folks in this country, believes to be the ideal' size 6. Instead, as she grew up, she developed the self-confidence in herself that enbabled her to accept herself for who and what she was. It was a very enjoyable book and I look forward to Part 2.

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