Book Boner: Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter

So I went and read a book.

First of all, this calls for a brag.

I managed to read a whole, entire book AFTER my baby was born. And in less than a month’s time.

I am pleased with this.

One thing I didn’t want to lose after having a baby was being able to just pick up a book and read. And yes, it isn’t easy, but it can be done. I read while breastfeeding, in doctor’s offices, while baby napped (screw laundry!). It wasn’t easy, the effort had to be made, but it can be done, people. Just another little baby step to feeling like me pre-baby, albeit with a little multi-tasking thrown in.

How writing is now done around this house.

How writing is now done around this house.

So now let’s talk about this book I enjoyed. Lindsay Hunter’s Ugly Girls. Released last November, I’m just now getting to this book on my shelf, but I whipped through this sonofabitch in about three weeks time. I’m a sucker for a good character-driven story and this one is it.

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Now I’m not so skilled at book reviews, but I truly loved this book and want to spread the word. I recently finished Station Eleven and while it was decent, I found Ugly Girls to be so much better and had to brag on it a bit.

Bear with me. I’ll give you a brief gist as best as I can do without blowing the plot.

The story focuses on Baby Girl and Perry, two strange best friends who steal cars, ditch school and end up in jail cells. Baby Girl and Perry are being trolled on social media by a creeper named Jamey who’s pretending he’s a high school student looking for a friend. When what he’s looking for is so much darker.

There. I think that’s sufficient?

This seemingly-simple, yet riveting plot, is paired with brief flash fiction-style chapters that switch between five different POVs throughout the story. Hunter weaves an interesting tale and amazingly colorful characters. They’re all hard to look at, have their personal flaws (and then some) but you become pulled in and eat up their individual stories. I enjoy characters who aren’t perfect and I fell hard and fast for the lot in Ugly Girls.

If you need a good read, snag Lindsay Hunter’s Ugly Girls. This book makes you feel ugly in the prettiest way. And as a reader, that’s a very good thing.

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    bookowly

    July 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Congrats on your baby! It is amazing what you have done, wish you to be the best mommy! :)

    Run into your review by mistake and you talked me into putting this book on my to-read! Thank you!

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