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Reviewed by Elizabeth Butts for Readers' Favorite
The Ugly Duckling is an incredibly relatable book, especially if you ever had the opportunity to play that role growing up. This book follows Libby, a girl who was scorned by her first 'love' in high school. And by 'scorned,' I mean she harbored a huge crush on the high school quarterback, who she became friends with during their time at the park where she walked her dog. She was a bit chunky in high school (hey, happens to the best of us) and dreamed of her 'happily ever after' with Prince Charming.
Flash forward a few years and she's dropped weight, dyed her hair blonde (because that's what the boys like), and has not lacked for male attention, except for some strange reason, the boys that only see the exterior package don't seem to want to settle down. She starts a relationship with Jude via a hookup after meeting him at a bar, while growing a friendship with his roommate, Will, who is wheelchair bound. So, will the real Prince Charming please stand up? Is it the hottie with the British accent or the best friend who will stand by you no matter what?
Annabelle Costa created a heroine who was all too realistic for me! The awesome thing is that she created a scenario where the heroine got all she ever wanted by changing everything about herself, but realized that it wasn't what would lead to her happily ever after. Being okay with who you are is completely fine, and once you love yourself, you can find someone who loves you, too. Anyone who doesn't love you as you are isn't good enough for you. Excellent life story wrapped into a perfect chick-lit read.