Big Mouth and Ugly Girl is the kind of book that makes you feel the characters’ emotions. Unlike any other book I’ve read, the author switches between first and third person point-of-view, which is confusing at first but also makes the story very unique. Matt’s story is told in third person, telling of a witty student who is interrogated by the police after making a joke about blowing up the school to some friends. Ursula’s story is told in first person, telling of a misfit basketball star who just wants to be accepted. When Ursula decides to stand up for Matt and tell the truth about what happened the day he was taken into custody, the two misfits form a friendship.
Although Matt’s point-of-view should have been elaborated on more (in my opinion, anyway), Big Mouth and Ugly Girl was a heartbreaking book that really shows you what it’s like to be “different.”
I’ll definitely be checking into some of Joyce Carol Oates’s other books, particularly Freaky Green Eyes, of which there is a preview in the back of Big Mouth and Ugly Girl.