The Beautiful-Ugly
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The Beautiful-Ugly


She's sixteen. She's alone. And the world thinks she's crazy. What could possibly happen next? Well, she's going to show them...

When sixteen-year-old Connelly Pierce wakes up inside an unknown psychiatric hospital with both her wrists slashed, she begins the arduous task of piecing together the events of her life that led her there. Her own cognitive behavioral therapy (as she had learned so well from them). Beginning with the sudden death of her mother and father when she was six, and the only world she knew disappeared, literally, overnight. That's when, with no known or, at least, close relatives, she and her nine-year-old brother Eric find themselves cast into the nightmare quagmire of government child protection agencies, and Connelly begins her incredible fourteen-year journey--her dark odyssey--into her own brave new world. A world, she realizes, she must not only quickly adapt, but fight back as well, if she hopes to survive. (Please note: this is the complete three-book trilogy in one volume.)

Title:The Beautiful-Ugly
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:524 pages

    The Beautiful-Ugly Reviews

  • Mariah Bowman
    Nov 05, 2014

    Out of the what I'm sure are thousands of books I've read, there are only a handful of them that wrench every emotion there is out of me. This is one of those books. I know I'll go back every once in ...

  • K C Smith
    Nov 09, 2014

    As an avid reader, I require - make that demand - that a story meet a few criteria to be worthy of my attention. I must be able to relate to the protagonist or at least be interested in the character'...

  • Steve Bridger
    Feb 08, 2015

    In truth I have never been affected so much by a book before. If I could give 10 stars then I would 5 stars are not enough. James Snyder is a rare and wonderful talent. He not only tells a story - his...

  • Sarah
    Oct 24, 2014

    This series was about a girl whose life went from bad to worse. Expect death, abuse, rape, illegal drugs, and a whole lot of unfairness. If you like books like that, you'll probably like this....

  • Ally
    Nov 27, 2014

    I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.I really hate abandoning books. But this one. I have a really good reason why I should abandon this one. No, it is not because it is long. No, it is more about ...

  • ?Joycedale?
    Nov 04, 2014

    book 1What a horrible story. It starts out with Connelly waking up in a mental facility with slashed wrists. She then starts recalling what lead her to this point. This book covers age 6-9Her parents ...

  • Richard Taylor
    Jan 18, 2015

    the fault is not within ourselves, but with our starsJames Snyder's haunting story of tragedy and despair of a young child kicked around by loss, fostering, abuse, homelessness, and helplessness conta...

  • Nicole Storey
    Oct 27, 2014

    Would I recommend this trilogy to others? Yes. Would I ever read it again? NoThough the story is brilliant at times when depicting life in the foster system – the highs, lows, tragedies, and small t...

  • Denise Liebig
    Feb 21, 2015

    “Beautiful Ugly” is a fitting title for the unsettling subject matter contained within. It is the story of a six-year-old girl, Connelly Pierce, who, along with her brother, is placed within the ...

  • Caroline
    Oct 29, 2014

    I won this as a First Read on Goodreads.What a fantastic book!! From the outset the story has you gripped.I will not go into details of the plot and spoil it for anyone.The story follows Connellys lif...

About James Snyder

James   Snyder

James Snyder was born in Memphis, Tennessee and fell in love with the cadence and sound of storytelling as a child, listening to the meandering tales of his Southern grandmothers and great aunts. While still a child, his family moved to Napa Valley, California where he attended middle and high school, and began taking writing classes at the local college. He left after a year to join the military,