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    Description

    Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble, until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.

    Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating, or at least that's what she tells herself. Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.

    But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really said that day...and she is the only one who can help him.

    In her first novel for young adults, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates has created a provocative and unflinching story of friendship and family, and of loyalty and betrayal.

    ©2002 Joyce Carol Oates (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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    "Oates has written a fast-moving, timely, compelling story." (School Library Journal)

    "Screen celebs Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe deliver alternating chapters in perfect counterpoint, superbly capturing the divergent emotional journeys in affect, tone, and pacing." (AudioFile

    "Distinguished novelist Oates' first young adult novel is a thought-provoking, character-driven drama." (Booklist)

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    • Global
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    • Paris Granville
    • 03/11/2005

    Prose that grabs you

    I've secondary school for 10 years and spent time taling with hundreds of adolescents. The author really captures the voice of real teenagers, never as simple as adults think. The protaganists are complex, authentic, and well-written. The intro to the two young people really grabbed me. The narrative was very compelling.

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    • m.vipond
    • 02/04/2020

    Skips chapters

    So far I know it skips chapter 17 (pages 122 to 126) I have not gotten further. I replayed this several times to make sure I didn't miss anything.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 08/09/2019

    Fantastic

    Loved the story, the lessons, the characters! The story could be real life, things we've been through and seen. The narration by Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe was perfect!

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    • HB
    • 13/02/2013

    novel for EFL

    Would you listen to Big Mouth & Ugly Girl again? Why?

    Great voices, especially Ursula.

    Have you listened to any of Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think.

    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting book for my students, too. Especially Ursula as a tough and at same time insecure girl might help my female students in their process of growing up.

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    • Hedwig
    • 18/02/2012

    Hilary & Chad are great as teen outcasts

    Would you consider the audio edition of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl to be better than the print version?

    Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe did a great job of adding depth to the characters - particularly Hilary's portrayal of a gawky, teenaged girl irritated with her parents and disenfranchised at school until she turns things around by taking the moral highground and sticking up for a classmate.

    Have you listened to any of Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think it's a great story particularly for those who can identify with being an outsider, which many of us are at some point in our lives but very often as a teen.

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    • Maria
    • 31/03/2011

    great

    I was able to follow it in the book. And the exagerations in the voice were great

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    • JJCougar
    • 22/05/2019

    Easy enjoyable read

    JC Oates is a gifted writer. She is able to transform her vivid imagination into very readable prose. The story is simple but made into a page turner.

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    • VLG
    • 08/08/2018

    Just not my taste

    The book is narrated really well and that's the only thing I liked about it. It just wasn't that engaging to me and I had a hard time sticking with it. I've read other books, during this one. It just didn't keep my interest.

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    • Matthew S. Hill
    • 26/03/2017

    Awesome story! Amazing narration!!!

    I loved this story! This is an instant classic.

    The narrative was spit on by both Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe.

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    • Annalisa
    • 12/03/2016

    Thought provoking and modern

    How much can words and jokes be misinterpreted in a terrorism stricken world? How much can a family be affected by collective distrust? How can teenagers learn values such as sympathy and loyalty when adults can't set a good examples? These questions and others about school management and friendship were raised. Gender issues were also explored at length, but without stealing protagonism to the issue of bullying and finding a scapegoat for the whole community. American suburbs appear in a precarious balance between mute happiness, tinged with boredom, and hysteria.
    I only wish the characters other than the bigger-than-life Ugly Girl were given more elaboration. Big Mouth could have said more about himself and his family and friends. Mothers are weak, unsteady shadows. Fathers are even more ghostly sketches. Brothers and sisters are relegated to corners and backgrounds. More confrontations would have given all of them further realism. The 2 protagonists take up virtually all the space and make the story feel slightly flat.
    Having said so, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and finished it off in one sitting.

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    • Kathrin Kropf
    • 10/07/2015

    Great book for pupils and adults

    Interesting, thrilling, tender, so many insights into the world of teenagers at an American high school .