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Annotation: Contains Mature Material
Catalog Number: #186811
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Special Formats: Adult Language Adult Language Mature Content Mature Content
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 343 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-541-54499-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-541-54499-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018043550
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Isolated from her family, with an ailing mother and few connections to the real world, Beth Soames finds perverse pleasure in trolling strangers on the internet. Her favorite targets? The beautiful attention-seekers e ones who made her life miserable in high school because she was fat and quiet. When she meets Tori, a troll who's even more skilled d more brutal an she is, she thinks she's found a true connection. But at the same time, Beth starts to form a reluctant friendship with Amy, a beautiful, peppy girl in one of her lectures. Despite Beth's skepticism, Amy truly seems to want to be her friend. But Tori's venom is bleeding into Beth's real life, and she'll have to make a choice, soon, about what kind of person she wants to be. Beth's unhappiness is tangible, especially at the novel's start, and her caustic personality can be shocking, although that's half the point. Her struggle to connect with people is palpable and painful, and readers will find that they root for her despite themselves.
Publishers Weekly
Fugly is a portmanteau of fat and ugly, and 19-year-old Beth thinks she-s both. Her only pleasures are food and trolling the seemingly happy, pretty girls who post endless bikini selfies. She-s good at making up new internet personas, and she doesn-t mind when things turn cruel: it means she-s getting attention. But one day at college, she accidentally makes a friend-a bona fide happy, pretty girl, and even if Amy can be silly and puppyish, she-s kind and friendly, and Beth can-t help but enjoy spending time with her. Around the same time, she makes a web friend, Tori, a highly skilled internet troll who doesn-t balk at hacking. Although Beth has qualms, she finds Tori hard to resist. The lessons that Beth learns (pretty girls have feelings, too; the internet may be virtual, but it can cause real pain) feel expected, lessening the story-s emotional resonance. But in her YA debut, Waller, who also writes horror fiction, tells a convincingly realistic story, particularly when describing Beth-s conflicting desires and the ways in which binging can combine satisfaction and fury. Ages 14-up. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Eighteen-year-old Beth is overweight, shy, and has labeled herself "fugly." While she struggles to take care of her family and study for university, Beth tries to keep herself invisible. Online, however, Beth has numerous false profiles that she uses to troll "the Beautiful People." She is known on social media as the malicious MidnightBanshee. Every account that she destroys is a win. Then she meets two vastly different girls; Tori is an online troll who teams up with and cultivates a relationship with Beth, and Amy is a sweet pixie of a girl who sees something in Beth that no one else does. Amy sweeps Beth into university life, introducing her to friends around the British city where they live. Her two lives abruptly collide and Beth has to face the repercussions of her malevolent online behavior. While the secondary characters (especially Amy's roommate Patrick) are fleshed out and authentic, Beth comes across as mean and angry for over half of the story making it difficult to sympathize with her. The dangers of online bullying, cyberstalking, and phishing are heavy-handedly presented. Incidents of sexual harassment and suicide are woven into the plot as well, but gentler themes of seeing past someone's physical appearance and the qualities of true friendship offer a counterbalance to some of the more negative concepts. VERDICT A supplemental purchase for libraries where titles by Julie Murphy or Lauren Myracle are popular. Claire Covington, Broadway High School, VA
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Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 9-12

A wrenchingly honest, thought-provoking exploration of a girl judged and dismissed by society who must break the cycle of shaming that traps her in her real life and comforts her in her online one. In real life, eighteen-year-old Beth is overweight, shy, and geeky. She's been bullied all her life, and her only refuge is food. Online, though, she's a vicious troll who targets the beautiful, vain, oversharing It Girls of the internet. When she meets Tori, a fellow troll, she becomes her online girlfriend-slash-partner-in-crime. But then Tori picks a target who's a little too close to home for Beth. Unsettled, Beth decides to quit their online bullying partnership. The only problem is, Tori is not willing to let her go.

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