Big Mouth & Ugly Girl (Paperback)

By Joyce Carol Oates

HarperTempest, 9780064473477, 288pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2003



Big Mouth

No I did not. I did not, I did not. I did not say those things, and I did not plan those things. Won't It anyone believe me?

Ugly Girl

All right, Ugly Girl made a mistake. I'd told my mom what I'd heard in the cafeteria, and she'd told Dad. Evidently. I'd thought for sure they would want me to speak up for the truth.

Praise For Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

“Compelling. Honest and penetrating.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Believable, full-blooded characters. Convincing high-school back-drop.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A thought-provoking, character-driven drama.”
-ALA Booklist (starred review)

“A fast-moving, timely, compelling story.”
-School Library Journal

“A divinely readable novel, one of the finest and most provocative in any genre of late.”
-Ruminator Review

“A superb story bursting with themes relevant to high school life today.”
-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Middle and high school kids will find a lot rings true in “Big Mouth and Ugly Girl.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

-Washington Post

“Should bring Oates a whole new generation of fans.”
-Denver Rocky Mountain News