Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter audiobook

Ugly Girls

By Lindsay Hunter
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Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780374533861
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With Ugly Girls,Lindsay Hunter delivers a powerful, voice-driven novel with the breakneck pacethat people have come to expect from her. The Chicago Tribunecalled her stories “Mesmerizing…visceral…exquisite.” The Boston Globe called them “incredibly urgent.” And now we have thegreat pleasure of Lindsay Hunter’s searing, poignant, hilarious first novel. Ugly Girls, at itscore, is about the friendship between two girls, Perry and Baby Girl, and howthat friendship descends into chaos, taking their world and the identities theyhold dear with it. Their friendship is woven from the threads of never-endingdares and the struggle with power; their loyalty, something they attend to likea pet but forget to feed. Ugliness is something they trade between themselves,one ugly on the outside and one on the inside. While the girls spend their nights sneaking out, stealingcars for joyrides, and eating french fries at the twenty-four-hour Denny’s,danger lurks. Jamey is pining after Perry from behind the computer screeninside his mother’s trailer. He’s been watching the girls for a while, onFacebook and in person—though they’ve never seen him in the flesh—posing asa boy from a high school a couple of neighborhoods over. When they finally do meetJamey face-to-face, they quickly realize he’s far from a nice high school boy,and the girls will do whatever is necessary to protect themselves.

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Summary

Summary

With Ugly Girls,Lindsay Hunter delivers a powerful, voice-driven novel with the breakneck pacethat people have come to expect from her.

The Chicago Tribunecalled her stories “Mesmerizing…visceral…exquisite.” The Boston Globe called them “incredibly urgent.” And now we have thegreat pleasure of Lindsay Hunter’s searing, poignant, hilarious first novel.

Ugly Girls, at itscore, is about the friendship between two girls, Perry and Baby Girl, and howthat friendship descends into chaos, taking their world and the identities theyhold dear with it. Their friendship is woven from the threads of never-endingdares and the struggle with power; their loyalty, something they attend to likea pet but forget to feed. Ugliness is something they trade between themselves,one ugly on the outside and one on the inside.

While the girls spend their nights sneaking out, stealingcars for joyrides, and eating french fries at the twenty-four-hour Denny’s,danger lurks. Jamey is pining after Perry from behind the computer screeninside his mother’s trailer. He’s been watching the girls for a while, onFacebook and in person—though they’ve never seen him in the flesh—posing asa boy from a high school a couple of neighborhoods over. When they finally do meetJamey face-to-face, they quickly realize he’s far from a nice high school boy,and the girls will do whatever is necessary to protect themselves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Was innocence ever an option for Perry and Baby Girl? They’ve bonded over skipping school and joyriding in stolen cars, but what they really share is a deep sense of loss…One bad choice follows another, fear triumphs over compassion, and the whirlwind of hopelessness grows. Acclaimed short story writer Hunter’s debut novel is a gritty and unrelenting baring of lost souls that pulls readers along. The girls are not ugly, but their lives are.” Library Journal
“Hunter has done a superb job of establishing and maintaining mood and tone while creating a story that is compulsively readable. And that ending…!” Booklist
“Two high school girls put on a tough act to hide deep-seated insecurities in this gripping character-driven novel…A haunting portrait of longing.” Kirkus Reviews
“Lindsay Hunter is the mistress of grit, all the dirty little details that make a story feel real and sad and true.” Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

Reviews

Reviews

by Ryan 9/13/2017
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Fantastic!

This is a truly great debut novel. I am a big fan of both of Hunter's story collections and was interested to see how her lightning quick style would translate to the landscape of a novel. I was impressed to say the least. Ugly Girls is easily one of my favorite books of the year.

Author

Author Bio: Lindsay Hunter

Author Bio: Lindsay Hunter

Lindsay Hunter is the author of the story collections Don’t Kiss Me and Daddy’s. She lives in Chicago, where she is the cofounder and cohost of the flash-fiction reading series Quickies!

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English