The Ugly Girl Party

Young Adult - Coming of Age
172 Pages
Reviewed on 09/18/2017
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

On her first day at Delwick High, sophomore Faith Ticknor is experiencing a mixture of anticipation, fear, and excitement. Being the “new girl” is not fun, but at least she could hope for the best. She had friends in Brownsville and was confident she would make new friends in Delwick. Faith, her sister, and her father had been studying the art of new beginnings since the death of her mother. As long as she held her head up high and stayed positive, Faith believed that all would be well. Unfortunately, her introduction to fellow classmates leaves Faith less than impressed when she is instantly marked as inferior in the eyes of the socially pretentious. What can Faith do to change their opinions and assure herself of a tolerable existence in this new life? Maybe she will win the school talent contest and just prove what she is worthy! The Ugly Girl Party by Ann Herrick reminds us of the injustices suffered during those adolescent years.

Herrick’s command of the middle grade thought process is spot on. I found myself nodding vigorously or smiling in recognition of Faith’s struggle to maintain a stiff upper lip while being true to herself. The high school years are a crucial part of character development and Ann Herrick is to be commended on this well-constructed novel of gritty entertainment. Since this is written in first person narrative, I found it easy to relate to the characters in the story. As Faith works her way through some important issues, this perspective gives the reader a front row seat to the action in the story. This is definitely on my YA book list!