Born Ugly

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Born Ugly

By Beth Goobie

Red Deer Press, Paperback, 9780889954571, 271pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2011

Description

Westchester 2011 Honorable Mention

2013 Saskatoon Book Awards: Young Adult Literature Award nominee

To say Shir is unpopular is a understatement. In fact she's less than homely, therefore a target of casual cruelty in high school. Even though she wishes to remain invisible, bullies find ways of tormenting her, viciously. Worse still, she's an outcast in her own family.

There are two areas where Shir can overcome her negative self image. One is at her part-time job where the kindly Mr. A has hired her as the driver of his grocery delivery truck. The other is at her secret retreat - myplace - where she can sip her beer and watch the river, undisturbed.

But neither sanctuary is safe; Shir discovers that Mr. A's kindness is part of a plot to use her as an accomplice in shady dealings, and her haven by the river is intruded upon by a boy who simply won't go away. While these invasions shatter her initially, both lead to her throwing off the mantle of victim and asserting herself for the first time in her life.



About the Author
Beth Goobie graduated from the University of Winnipeg and the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. She is an award-winning writer of young adult fiction including I'm Not Convinced, Mission Impossible and Before Wings. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Praise For Born Ugly

"This taut thriller showcases the award-winning Canadian author’s gift for creating memorable teen characters who confront tough issues alone—in this case, teen bullying, portrayed in gritty, claustrophobic detail by its victim...Goobie’s third-person voice relentlessly puts readers directly in Shir’s head, pulling no punches in creating a memorable, believable character." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This book will be enjoyed by those who like to root for the outsider and are not afraid of reading edgy material. This is a good addition to young adult collections." -- VOYA