Big Mouth & Ugly Girl (Hardcover)

By Joyce Carol Oates

HarperTeen, 9780066237565, 272pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2002



Matt Donaghy has always been a BIG MOUTH

but it's never gotten him in trouble - until one day when two detectives escort him out of class for questioning. Matt has been accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.Ursula Riggshas always been an UGLY GIRL

A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating - or at least that's what she tells herself. Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.

But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really said that day . . . and she is the only one who can help him.

In her first novel for young adults, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates has created a provocative and unflinching story of friendship and family, and of loyalty and betrayal.

Praise For Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

"Compelling. Honest and penetrating."
-Kirkus Reviews

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

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

"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

-Washington Post

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

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

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