Monthly Archives: December 2012

Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates

Big Mouth and Ugly Girl

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.

-J

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome to my new blog, One Billion Books! If you haven’t done so yet, please read my About page for more information on this site.

Having received about 40 books for Christmas this year, I thought now would be a perfect time to get started on this blog. I mostly enjoy reading young adult and fantasy novels, but I’m known for liking stories by Stephen King and some nonfiction as well. Soon I’ll be composing a list of all of the books I finish, starting on January 1st. But for now, here’s a list of the books my parents bought me for Christmas, so you can see what will be coming up for a while:

  • Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates (currently reading)
  • The Dream Where the Losers Go by Beth Goobie
  • Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
  • Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel
  • Hold Still by Nina LaCour
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher
  • Aimee by Mary Beth Miller
  • Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Candy by Kevin Brooks
  • The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles
  • Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson
  • Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
  • After by Amy Efaw
  • Break by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Right Behind You by Gail Giles
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
  • Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
  • Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
  • The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
  • Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  • Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen
  • Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
  • Saving June by Hannah Harrington
  • Willow by Julia Hoban
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  • Beastly by Alex Flynn
  • Get Well Soon by Julie Halpbern

Have a great holiday break and happy new year!

-J