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One Year of Ugly
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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The most raucous debut of 2020 It was Aunt Celia who got us into the whole mess. The entire Palacios family thrust smack into the middle of a crime ring. Having escaped crumbling, socialist Venezuela the illegal way (who needs residency permits when you know a guy with a boat?), Yola Palacios and her family are settling into their new under-the-radar life in Trinidad. But when the formidable* Aunt Celia dies, the Palacios discover that she's been keeping one hell of a secret. She's seriously in debt to a local criminal called Ugly, a debt that is now theirs to repay. He might dress like David Bowie, but Ugly's business style is pure Pablo Escobar. What he says, the Palacios must do, otherwise: big trouble. Ugly's right-hand man Romn is tasked with keeping an eye on the family but Yola can barely keep her eyes off him. Forbidden fruit is the original aphrodisiac, and when Yola and Romn fall in lust, even bigger trouble is on the horizon... Told with raw, acid humour, One Year of Ugly is a story of family, first love and finding home. A blisteringly fresh take on the migrant experience in a less-than-sunny corner of the Caribbean, and a poignant reminder that no matter what form of ugly crosses your path, there's always a way to laugh through it. *family bitch r eyes off him. Forbidden fruit is the original aphrodisiac, and when Yola and Romn fall in lust, even bigger trouble is on the horizon... Told with raw, acid humour, One Year of Ugly is a story of family, first love and finding home. A blisteringly fresh take on the migrant experience in a less-than-sunny corner of the Caribbean, and a poignant reminder that no matter what form of ugly crosses your path, there's always a way to laugh through it. *family bitch
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julesG
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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#BookMail, or better yet #TeaAndBooks and gummi pigs.

Thank you Helen! @squirrelbrain
😘😘😘😘

TrishB Can‘t beat Percy Pigs 😁 2y
squirrelbrain Enjoy! 😁 2y
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squirrelbrain
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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Huge thanks to #harpercollins for gifting me a copy of this book that‘s just come out in paperback in the UK.

I read it last year as a digital ARC and loved it - it‘s kind of a rom-com but darker whilst still being wickedly funny.

Definitely recommended as a summer read!

LeahBergen Pretty photo! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 👌 keeping this in mind. 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good read Helen 👍🏻 2y
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Lauren890
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ I listened to this on audio. It was entertaining enough and the narrator was excellent. However, I didn‘t find that it dug as deeply into the cultures represented like I wanted it to and I felt it was pretty predictable. It‘s a good beach read, which just isn‘t really my thing unfortunately.

This was a book riot #gettbr recommendation. Looking forward to the other recs they sent me!

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DanaManiac
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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Mehso-so

I w asn't quite sure what to expect of this book. I read it because it was recommended, and taking a peek at the reviews made me very curious and a bit apprehensive. It was very entertaining, so I had no issues getting through it fairly quickly. However, the overall impression that I have is that these were some excellent characters who were placed in a storyline that wasn't very well written.

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charl08
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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Pickpick

Fast paced mix of humour, crime and romance set in Trinidad amongst illegal Venezuelan migrants, by a new Trinidadian author.

Worked for me!

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charl08
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie

He waggled a finger at me. ‘As a writer, you of all people should know that someone‘s art is the clearest reflection of who they are. The better I know my subjects, the better I can keep them in line. If I was tracking a writer like, say, Echeverría, I‘d know to keep my gun locked and loaded. Someone who‘s more of a Neruda, I‘d know not to worry.‘

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charl08
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie

Trinidad likes to tout itself as this cosmopolitan melting pot.... But in fact, if you‘re not one of, or a blend of, the two majority races on the island, a pall of Otherness follows you like a lingering fart that won‘t waft away, the stench manifesting itself in relentless catcalls, the unshakeable instinct that you should always keep your eyes on the pavement, and a keen awareness that you are constantly being watched.

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danimgill
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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Mehso-so

Despite enjoying the overall writing style, I didn't end up truly liking this book. I thought Yola's character journey and the romance plot were poorly developed and the middle third of the book kind of lost the thread of the story. I liked the idea of focusing on the life of a Venezuelan refugee family in Trinidad through a humorous lens, and the author has talent, but the pieces never came together for me.

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Clare_Riley
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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I‘d never heard about Venezuelan refugees. This is the story of the Palacio family and their new lives in Trinidad. It‘s funny and dark, especially when Trini crime lord, Ugly, makes his appearance. I have to admit to feeling some guilt when laughing at some of the more inappropriate bits, but the author has said that this was the approach she was after, and let‘s face it, in times of adversity there are always those who can see the funny side.

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squirrelbrain
One Year of Ugly | Caroline Mackenzie
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Yola and her family, illegal Venezuelan immigrants in Trinidad, find themselves in debt to a local criminal called Ugly. This novel is very funny, despite its very real subject matter, as we explore what happens over the year that the family have to work for Ugly.

Just to confuse matters, Yola finds Ugly‘s right-hand man, Roman, rather attractive....

Another one for Trinidad for #readaroundtheworld @BookwormM

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#arc

Cathythoughts Sounds good Helen 👍🏻stacked 3y
rockpools Sounds really fun! 3y
BookwormM Ohh thanks for the heads up 3y
Sleepswithbooks This will be the title of 2020. 3y
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