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Fugly by Claire Waller (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 at 7:03pm

Fugly is an eye opening book about identity, appearance, choices, friendship, trust, and the dangers of the internet. Beth, a nineteen year old college student, hates the real world where she is judged for being overweight and shy, but lives for the online trolling empire that she's created. She destroys the social media profiles of the Beautiful People, strangers who have everything she doesn't and loves the anonymity that comes with it. Then she meets Tori, another troller wo may even be more skilled that Beth. Tori becomes her best friend, her partner in crime, and her girlfriend? But she also meets Amy, a kind and extroverted Beautiful Person who befriends her at the university library for reasons that Beth can't quite understand. For a while, things are as close to perfect as they'll ever be. However things get messy fast when Beth's online world crashes into her real one. Beth discovers the cost of her secret identity and has to decide who she wants to be in the real world.

I really enjoyed this book and the messages it portrayed. I also absolutely loved the fact that Beth clearly isn't straight but the author made 0 mention of that, didn't use it as some sub-plot/conflict, and wrote about it in a way you would with a hetero relationship. This book is paving the way in many positive ways

- Rowan, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

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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.