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God Don't Like Ugly [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Monroe
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Annette Goode, born in the racist South of the 1950s, is the heroine of Monroe's strong second novel (after The Upper Room), a coming-of-age journey depicted with wit, poignancy and bite. Up until 1963, when 13-year-old, overweight Annette Goode meets beautiful Rhoda Nelson, only daughter of the Richland, Ohio, town undertaker, Annette's life has been a nightmare. After Annette's father left her mother (Muh'Dear) for a white woman, Muh'Dear has scraped by as a domestic, stealing leftover food from her employers' kitchens; Annette overeats to compensate for her father's abandonment. Annette is only seven when she asks their boarder, Mr. Boatwright, to be her daddy. Soon after, he begins raping her. Annette, who considers herself fat and ugly, endures silently, thinking no one will believe her. She suffers the attacks for years until Rhoda befriends her and decides the man must be stopped. Monroe's characters are well drawn, full-bodied and not all bad. Monroe paints sympathetic portraits of Judge Lawson, the honorable white man Muh'Dear works for; Mr. Nelson, the undertaker; Scary Mary, who runs a brothel but has a good heart; and Pee Wee, Annette's young gay friend. However, it is the convincingly depicted friendship between Annette and Rhoda that drives the narrative and gives Annette the courage to end her abuse. In using a young girl's innocent voice to narrate, Monroe recounts a tale of extreme hardship with a hopeful, uplifting tone. Some readers will find the characters more enjoyable than the plot, which occasionally lapses into predictable melodrama, but readers of contemporary African-American literature will discover a highly satisfying page turnerDand one that will stand out on bookstore shelves with its bold, purple-hued cover. (Oct.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "God Don't Like Ugly" May 8 2003
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Jasmine W. Lowe
´¿God Don´¿t Like Ugly´¿
God Don´¿t Like Ugly is a story of a girl name Annette Goode. Annette was a shy, overweight, dark-skinned young girl who went through a lot during her life. When she was young her and her mother moved and a man name Mr. Boatright moved in with them. Throughout the first year Mr. Boatright replaces the absence of little Annette´¿s dad. In the second year Mr. Boatright starts sexually abusing Annette who was only seven years old. he continues to do it for the next ten year of Annette´¿s life.
When Annette moved into her new house she meets a girl name Rhoda, who becomes her life long friend. Rhoda is everything Annette would like to be, beautiful, strong, smart, thin, and light-skinned. Rhoda lives in a house with her father who is a Negro undertaker, her white grandmother, referred as Granny Goose, her white Uncle Johnny, and her brother Jock. Having Rhoda as a friend helps Annette in some ways and in some ways it doesn´¿t.
The book was very interesting, I never was bored once reading it. It´¿s an excellent novel. In some of the characters one might find characteristics of themselves. I can relate to Annette. Sometime I feel like the shy fat girl who has no friends and searchers for a person to confide in. The difference between Annette and I is that I haven´¿t been sexually abused. Then on the other hand, I feel like I can also relate to Rhoda. Sometimes a person has to stick up for themselves and not take so much drama from people. I really don´¿t like when people try to take advantage of other people. There is also a difference between Rhoda and I, some things that I thought Rhoda wasn´¿t cable of I wouldn´¿t do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for teachers Jan. 30 2003
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God don't like ugly portrays a girl name Annette Goodie. She is a girl that is very over weight, low self - esseem, dark skin and in the eyes of the public ugly. As a child her mother keeps her quite and uncurious by feeding her lots of food.Her mother was under the impresion that he is a bad girl at all times. Now remind you that she is poor and I really have never seen a dirt poor child extremely over weight. Her mother takes in a boarder name Mr.Boatwright. Her mother allows him to spank her when need. He then rapes her at the tender age of seven. Taking her innocents,purity,dignity. Because she is so nieve and innocent she believes no one will believes her if she tells someone because she is unsitely to the eyes of some people.This sexual abuse went on for seventeen years! It is a regular thing by pleasuring this sick man almost everyday. She soon meets a beautiful, fairskin, green eyed girl girl named Rhonda. She is also not like by some of the commuinty because of their ignorance of being an undertakers daughter. She exposes Annette the life of being a teenager and loving herself for who is.Annette tells Rhonda her secret of her abuse that took place for years. Rhonda does something that will change Annettes life for the good even though she does not realize it.This book was magnificent! Mary Monreo is an excellent writer which makes you laugh and cry.The one thing that I could not believe is that fact that the whole community knew this man spent every moment he could with her in that house. No one suspected a thing what he was doing to her. This book portaryed a test of friendship and loyalty. Of all people to not suspect a thing,it was her own mother. This is a book for college and high school students to read about the horrors of sexual abuse. Read more ›
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I recently read Mary Monore's, God Don't Like Ugly and I must say I enjoyed this book. It can be upsetting to say the least since the story is about a young girl name Annette, who's sexually abused by her mother's tenant Mr.Boatwright. She's a lonely, scared, troubled and depressed and overweight girl until she meets and becomes bestfriends with Rhoda Nelson. Things begin to change for the both of them as their friendship blooms, with each passing year. Their lives will never be the same again. Throughout the story you'll also meet unforgettable characters like, "Muh'Dear", Granny Goose, Uncle Johnny, Aunt Lola, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, Aunt Bernice, Pee Wee, Jock, Scary Mary and more. I was delighted and hopeful when Annette and Rhoda became friends and could see and sense their need for one another. I'm glad they had one another and did what they could to help one another through some difficult times. I couldn't get enough of this book and can't wait until pt.2 is released next year. I have many unanswered questions, that I'm sure will be answered then. Though this is a touchy and taboo topic for many people, it is true to life and needs to be addressed. Victims of rape and molestation need to be heard and helped. Their abusers need to be held accountable to the highest degree. Mothers need to be careful about the men they choose to live with regardless of the situation. This story proves that, even if it's fiction and happened during a different time era. Thanks Mary for giving a voice to this topic and victim. Looking forward to God Still Don't Like Ugly ...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read Toni Morrison or Maya Angelo instead
I read this because the author was likened to Maya Angelo and Toni Morrison. They each wrote a book dealing with a young African American girl being raped ("I Know Why the Caged... Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Karen K
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ought to be required reading in schools"
I started reading GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY on a Monday night, read past midnight. The next night, after everyone had gone to sleep, I'd run to the book to see if Annette was in danger. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Teresa LeYung Ryan, author of LOVE MADE OF HEART
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity!...and that was ugly.
I personally love reading books that take place in the South in the early to mid 1900's of the African American experience. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by "wendypendy"
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time Reading
I found the book to be utterly boring, and completely unbelievable. I don't recommend this book for readers that enjoy reading. Read more
Published on March 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Once you get over some of the "shocking" parts the book is a good read. Deals with being strong, self esteem, goals, secrets, find love within self, and growing up. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by S. M. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow, but what an ending!
This was a very good book and highly recommnend it to all! Maybe there was too much detail, but a was totally surprised. Also glad that the heroin was a plus size woman!
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by G. Gartin
5.0 out of 5 stars Award Winner!!!
I saw this book every time I went to the bookstore, but was reluctant to buy it, being that I had never heard of Mary Monroe. Also no one I knew had read it. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Englishruler
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ!!!!
I LIKED THIS BOOK, ALTHOUGH I HATED TO READ ABOUT THE TRAGEDIES THAT ANNETTE SUFFERED THROUGH AS A CHILD. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by keyan
4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD!!!
THIS BOOK WAS REALLY GOOD! I HATED THAT ANNETTE HAD TO GO THROUGH SO MUCH AS A CHILD, BUT SOMETIMES THE THINGS THAT DO NOT KILL YOU MAKE YOU STRONGER. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by keyan
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Tear Jerker
God don't like Ugly was one of the most emotional books that I have ever read. While I was reading it, I felt as if I were right there amongst the characters. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003
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