Seventeen year-old Vanessa perceives herself as ugly, especially since her former friend Joy has screamed that insult at her for the past two years. Full of pain over her parents’ rejection, being bullied by Joy and having no friends Vanessa numbs herself by drinking at weekend parties. Her downward spiral has made her abandon her love of dance, which she use to be good at.
Thanks to alcohol demolishing her self-restraint and causing blackouts she invites the wrong person into her life, Adam, who demands their relationship remains a secret. When Vanessa meets former bad-boy Travis, she begins to believe she’s someone worth caring about.
Travis begins helping her to pull away from her dependency on alcohol and Adam when her world begins to crumble. A cell phone video of three classmates assaulting her is sent to everyone in school. It’s been edited so that she looks like a willing participant. With a few unlikely allies by her side, Vanessa takes control of her own life and makes a stand against her attackers.
UGLY, a contemporary YA novel of 45,000 words, is an account and aftermath of the struggle against bullying and sexual exploitation as seen from three points of view: the victim, the bully, and a new friend.
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First 150 Words:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; that’s what the famous quote says. The one written by Plato. I don’t believe it. At least, I’ve never felt this way. I think it
is made up by someone who was beautiful; one who has no idea what it is like to feel ordinary. Definitely not written by someone who is ugly.
I am not beautiful in any way, shape or form. I never have been. I am not particularly smart, so I don’t have that going for me. I don’t have some amazing talent
that exceeds anyone’s expectations of the average 17 year old. That is not to say that I am not able to do things well. I can. I am able. I am just not the best at
I am not looking for pity from anyone. I am just expressing my thoughts; those that I feel are real and true.