Saturday, March 26, 2016

Confessions of an Ugly Girl Book Review

2016 Reading Challenge

11. Confessions of an Ugly Girl by Alice Wasser

Millie Glockenfeld will never fall in love. She will never get engaged. She will never get married. She will never live in a house with a white picket fence and 2.4 children. And all for one very simple reason: she is ugly. Fortunately, one thing Millie has learned over the years is that she doesn't need a man. She's got a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crazy but lovable cat lady who lives downstairs from her. What more does a girl need in life? But then one day Millie meets Sam Webber. He is adorably handsome and absolutely perfect (well, almost). And Sam thinks that Millie is beautiful. Now there's a chance that Millie might get the happy ending she's always secretly wanted... if only she can learn to look in the mirror and see what Sam sees.

My Review:
First of all, the story was told in a journaling format. In the beginning, Millie wants it to be about confessing what it's like to be single and ugly in her thirties. As the story develops, Millie winds up getting a boyfriend and it transforms into her confessing all about their relationship. Millie seems to be someone who has low self-esteem. I found her to be relatable as I think all females/women go through a period where they think they're not pretty enough to fall in love with someone. It was nice for a change to have the heroine be someone who wasn't necessarily skinny as society has made it out to be that the skinnier, the better. Millie seems to feel left out when her friends start marrying off and having kids and all that comes with it, as she doesn't feel that they can relate to her anymore. From personal experience, it can be hard to be in your late 20's or in your 30's when you're still single, not married and not having kids yet (as everyone else around you is doing that). The message that I'm getting to is that things may not always turn out the way you wanted them to by a certain time in your life and that's okay. I recently turned 29 and thought my life would be completely different than what it is now and that's not the case. However, I also realize that I'm not the only that feels that way and we're all doing great and that's all that matters. I just don't think some things are meant to be yet and I have to be patient.

Millie overstated the fact that she considered herself to be ugly. Even when a guy becomes interested in her, she still doesn't believe she's pretty enough. Fortunately for Millie, Sam comes into her life and sees her for who she really is. While Millie was relatable at times, I also found her to be extremely annoying as well. I liked Sam and it was different to get a glimpse into the life of someone who's quadriplegic. I couldn't believe how Millie's mom was, pressuring her to get married and not even giving Sam a chance, etc. I didn't particularly like the fact parts - it made Millie seem like a Debbie downer about everything. I did like how Sam made Millie see the bigger picture - that she is better looking than what she thinks she is and that size doesn't matter.

Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!


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