God Don't Like Ugly

God Don't Like Ugly

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by Mary Monroe
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe sweeps readers back to the streets, porches, and parlors of civil rights-era Ohio to bring to life the first steps of an enduring friendship between two girls from opposite sides of the track. . .

Annette Goode is a shy, awkward, overweight child with a terrible secret. Frightened and ashamed, Annette withdraws

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New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe sweeps readers back to the streets, porches, and parlors of civil rights-era Ohio to bring to life the first steps of an enduring friendship between two girls from opposite sides of the track. . .

Annette Goode is a shy, awkward, overweight child with a terrible secret. Frightened and ashamed, Annette withdraws into a world of books and food. But the summer Annette turns thirteen, something incredible happens: Rhoda Nelson chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, generous Rhoda, who is everything Annette is not—gorgeous, slim, and worldly—welcomes Annette into the heart of her eccentric family, which includes her handsome and dignified father;her lovely, fragile "Muh'Dear;" her brooding, dangerous brother Jock;and her colorful white relatives—half-crazy Uncle Johnny, sultry Aunt Lola, and scary, surly Granny Goose.

With Rhoda's help, Annette survives adolescence and blossoms as a woman. But when her beautiful best friend makes a stunning confession about a horrific childhood crime, Annette's world will never be the same.

"A coming-of-age journey depicted with wit, poignancy and bite." —Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 turner--and one that will stand out on bookstore shelves with its bold, purple-hued cover. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758220325
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
GOD Series
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
376,734
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.18(d)

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God Don't Like Ugly 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 607 reviews.
Bernice Ashley More than 1 year ago
A must read book had to read her next book and god still don't like ugly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the entire series! This book was nothing less than brilliant. Mary Monroe is an amazing author. I am on the 2nd to last book right now in the God Series: God Ain't Through Yet. And just discovered there is yet another final God Series Novel, God Don't Make No Mistakes. I'm Hooked!
Billie Jeanne Harris More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Just finished the second and purchased the third.
poca106 More than 1 year ago
I loved the book!!!!! I read years ago. When I saw it in the book store I just had to get it back on my Nook!!!!
izziebelle More than 1 year ago
I like the way the authur is able to combine the expereinces of Annette, without the reader having to read the sequels in order. This was great entertaininment reading.
Roymeshia Simmons More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time :)
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Thee best
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Great Read… Can't wait to read book 2?
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MzJoGo More than 1 year ago
Very real & raw story.
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Will keep you crying and laughing at thr same time,.raw life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books in the God series and I loved them all! I was so disappointed when I got to the last one. I was looking forward to finishing that one and moving on to the next one. All of the books are so entertaining that I kept the book in my bed and fell asleep reading it and woke up reading it. I have each of the books in paper back and on my Nook. Mary Monroe gets two thumbs up from me.
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