Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: Hideous Love - Stephanie Hemphill

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 3 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Fitting the period. I enjoy it.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 312 p.
Add it: Goodreads

This is the story of Mary Shelley. A young girl who fell for Percy Shelley when they connected intellectually and took off to travel together. Tagging along with them is Mary's half-sister Claire. Mary wishes to be rid of her, but Percy enjoys her company. Mary learns a lot while with Percy, but she also suffers a great deal as a result of their couple-ship. This is her story, not a happy tale at all.

This book will probably only hold you until the end if you are curious about Mary's life. This book is quite slow going and honestly not entirely worth it to keep going if you are not fascinated in some way. This story was definitely much easier to breeze through than a biography would be, but this is a work of fiction. I enjoyed getting to learn a bit more about Mary Shelley and all of her losses. She had a lot of tragedy surround her, much more than most people now at her age. There's not really much to say about this story beyond that though. It was an okay read but I much preferred the authors novel Wicked Girls.

First Line:
"I want to be beauty,
but I am not."

Favorite Line:
"our wily messenger pigeon,"

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm...perhaps this is one I'll skip. I'm interested because it's about Mary Shelley, but I read the author's similar book about Sylvia Plath and wasn't very impressed.

    Thanks for the review!


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