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Unbeautifully - Madeline Sheehan This review is going to be very different from my usual reviews. I'm only going to share the two key points which totally made this book a 5 star read for me. I usually try to be very vague when I'm writing my reviews so I don't give any of the story away or too many details about the characters. I personally don't want to know very much going in to a book. So with that being said:


Another thing making this review very different is I won't be using gifs or pictures.....Yes, it's me, Shannon and I'm not using any gifs. I know, I know. I'm going serious on this one.

First thing I absolutely loved, loved, loved about this book was as soon as the characters realized how they felt about each other, they expressed it...in words. Because of Ripper's physical disfigurements, Madeline Sheehan could have easily had him not believing Danny could be attracted to him, desire him, love him etc. She could have gone there but thank God she didn't. I think my favorite passage from the book was when Danny told him she loved him.

"Ripper," I whispered, clinging to his neck as he carried me from the bathroom into his bedroom. "I think I love you."
Laying me gently down on his bed, he climbed over top of me and covered me with his body.
"Yeah, baby," he whispered, sliding back inside of me. "Ain't no other explanation for what a girl like you is doin' in bed with a man like me."

Did they fall in love fast? Yes. Do I have a problem with that? No. I think it happens that way for some people. It just kills me when so many of the romance novels I read, the characters fall in love and they pussyfoot around and don't express their feelings and I get so frustrated! He immediately returns the sentiment in like 3 pages, I think it may be the same day in the book. The point is, they fell in love and owned their feelings and expressed them by saying those three little words...I LOVE YOU. I seriously wanted to kiss my Kindle! It's like the Vols had just scored a touchdown against the Gators. I was overjoyed, ecstatic, elated.....bottom line, it made me happy and I was able to endure what lied ahead.

Now my second point (on why the book gets 5 stars) is where I suppose I'm setting myself up for negative feedback. Good thing I really don't care what people think nor am I concerned with opinions other than my own. This is the only book in this genre or similar genres I can recall the heroine getting pregnant and having an abortion. Now let me be clear and very clear here. I'm NOT advocating abortion. However, don't mistake my not advocating it by ASSUMING I'm against it. What a woman chooses to do with an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy is not only none of my business, it's not the governments either.

Here's the thing, I'm not suggesting every character that happens to oops....get pregnant should have an abortion, but I think other authors may be playing it safe by avoiding it all together. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, they're taking place. A total of 784,507 abortions were reported to CDC for 2009 and women in their 20s account for more than half of all abortions which is usually the age group I'm reading about. So kudos to Madeline Sheehan for keeping it real, even though this part of story honestly broke my heart.