ANN HERRICK Books for Kids & Teens    

The Ugly Girl Party

Chaucer Publishing

 

Faith's wish to get off to a good start at her new high school is shattered on the first day, as she quickly discovers that drop-dead gorgeous Hunter and friends decide she lives in the "wrong" house and wears the "wrong" clothes. They systematically harass her and seem determined to make her life miserable. She fantasizes about how she'll get even some day when she is a famous singer/actress, but meanwhile just wants to make it through the day. She meets a couple of possible friends, but finds it hard to trust anyone. 

When maybe-friend Julia tells her about the upcoming talent show, Faith is determined to win in order to impress her tormentors. Then nice-guy neighbor Riley invites her to the homecoming dance. She's excited to go until she gets there and realizes that something is up--something terrible. And when she reacts, she finds herself in danger of being suspended from school. Faith questions her own goals, decisions, and values as she struggles to find her way.

 

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REVIEWS

4 Stars

I hate bullies and can't understand why some people feel the need to put others down, especially when someone is new in town. Faith has a style all her own and she's very comfortable in her own skin. When she moves to a new state with her dad and younger sister, she has to navigate the social system of her new school and it isn't pretty, which kind of made me mad.

I love how confident Faith is and the way she is able to draw others into her circle. The friends she gravitates to are great and unique. I love the way she handles the bullying--her character is such an example to teens. I love the positive message and the way Faith deals with the ugly parts of fitting in, especially at the culmination of the book. 

Ms. Herrick has a comfortable way of writing that really brings me back to my younger years and gave me some nostalgic feels. And for an adult reader, that's a lot of fun. I always enjoy her books and look forward to reading more.

~~Katie, Katie's Clean Romances

 

 

Itís never easy being the new girl at school, but Faith has a few extra challenges that most of her classmates do not.

Faith was a well-developed and interesting character. I really liked the fact that her flaws were so important to how the story progressed. Instead of being something minor and forgettable, they were actually serious issues that changed the way she saw the world and pushed her to do and say things she might not have otherwise done and said. Seeing Faithís positive and negative sides only made me like her more because of how completely I got to know her and how much I could empathize with some of the things she struggled with...

Some of my favorites scenes involved the time that Faith spent with her talkative little sister, Erin. They had their share of disagreements like all siblings do, but they genuinely cared about each other at the end of the day. They also shared a lot more in common than either of them might have wanted to admit. Both of these things made it so much fun to see what would happen to these sisters next.

Iíd recommend The Ugly Girl Party to anyone who would like to read a story about bullying and trying to fit in.

~~Astilbe, Long and Short Reviews