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READ ¾ One Year of Ugly ↠ After fleeing crumbling volatile Venezuela Yola Palacio wants nothing than to settle into a peaceful new life in Trinidad with her family And who cares if they’re there illegally—aren’t most of the people on the island But life for the Palacios is far from uiet—and when Yola’s Aunt Celia dies the family once again find tUs Yola just can’t help but give in to the attraction Where though do Roman’s loyalties lie And could this wildly inappropriate romance just be the antidote to a terrible year of Ugly Combining the spark of Junot Diaz with the irresistible wit of Maria Semple One Year of Ugly brilliantly explores cross cultural struggles and assimilation from a uniue immigrant perspective and introduces us to an extraordinary new voice in contemporary fiction. one ugly readI was promised the sharpest most hilarious rom com of the year with plenty of 45 star reviews behind it Instead I got pages and pages of outright misogyny never addressed transphobic comments disgusting fatphobia and the uncomfortable realisation that a white woman had written this story about being a Venezuelan immigrant with very little sensitivity There were tiny glimmers of goodness of potential but all of it was ruined by the place of ignorance the book seemed to come from As far as I know this is not own voices I was deeply uncomfortable with so much of this story and I'd caution anyone to take the five star reviews with a pinch of salt

Caroline Mackenzie · 1 READ

Led Ugly And without the funds to pay him off Ugly has the entire family do his bidding until Celia’s debt is settled What Ugly says the Palacios do otherwise the circumstances are too dreadful to imagine To say that the year that follows is tumultuous for the Palacios is an understatement But in the midst of the turmoil appears Roman Ugly’s distractingly gorgeous right hand man And although she knows it’s terrible and uite possibly dangero. This book really did not do it for me I could not get past the ableism transphobia and hyper sexualization of Latinx women I should probably have guessed based off the Marina Semple comparison that I wouldn’t like this but I really couldn’t recommend this one

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One Year of UglyAfter fleeing crumbling volatile Venezuela Yola Palacio wants nothing than to settle into a peaceful new life in Trinidad with her family And who cares if they’re there illegally aren’t most of the people on the island But life for the Palacios is far from uiet and when Yola’s Aunt Celia dies the family once again find their lives turned upside down For Celia had been keeping a very big secret she owed a LOT of money to a local criminal cal. Caroline Mackenzie's offbeat debut novel certainly makes one heck of an impression and is bone achingly funny about the most serious of issues the horrors that underpin the global refugee crisis Some might uestion whether it is appropriate to treat the desperate and despairing plights of so many in the world with such humour but Mackenzie succeeds in throwing much needed attention on and highlight a topic many would prefer to avert their eyes from The Palacious family have left the political nightmare that their home in Venezuela had become and made their way as illegal immigrants to settle in Port of Spain in Trinidad However they just might have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire when Aunt Celia dies and Ugly and his criminal cohorts turn up to inform them of the huge debt that she has left behind and make it clear that they are now expected to pay it offMackenzie presents us with a year in the life of the family as they face one worry and concern after another in a narrative interspersed with diary entries from the now dead Aunt Celia in the narrative She creates a diverse and vibrant range of characters larger than life as Ugly has one of his henchmen the dangerous Roman keep a close eye on the family The Palacious's are forced into a range of unpaid 'work' to make good their debts It is the women that make the deepest impression such as the one off Aunt Milagros the deceased Aunt Celia and the 24 year old Yola and the hot and heavy feelings of desire that spring up between her and Ugly's man Roman This family drama is entertaining unforgettable and has some eye popping storylines that tackle the refugee crisis in the most surprising of ways This was an unexpected delight of a read fun well written and I cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC