It is 1814 and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is 16 years old. She is not exactly considered a beauty, she can’t meet her father’s expectations, and she doesn’t get along with their stepmother. Mary is not particularly content with her life. Everything changes completely when she encounters an enticing young poet named Percy Bysshe Shelley.
"Readers will feel as though they are with Mary on every journey she takes, facing anything that comes her way. Hemphill’s writing is simply enchanting."
Mary and Shelley quickly fall in love and run away to live in scandal. The young couple travels through Europe and England, with Mary’s stepsister, Claire, tagging along. This way of life is definitely complicated, but it’s the one of their choosing. They face many obstacles, including financial troubles, deaths and jealousy. Mary is forced to ponder the choices she’s made and the direction she wants her life to go in.
On one of their treks through Europe, Mary finds what she wants to do. While sitting around with a group friends telling scary stories, she is given the idea to write one of these chilling tales herself. FRANKENSTEIN is born.
HIDEOUS LOVE is the beautifully-written story of Mary Shelley. Stephanie Hemphill wrote in first-person free verse giving the tale a poetic, personal feel that is one of a kind. The characters are wonderfully described and aptly portrayed. Mary is a relatable character, even though she lived almost two centuries ago.
HIDEOUS LOVE is a beguiling tale that will surely capture the interest of its readers. It is an emotional, coming-of-age story based on the life of the author of one of the most famous stories ever written. Readers will feel as though they are with Mary on every journey she takes, facing anything that comes her way. Hemphill’s writing is simply enchanting.
Reviewed by Amanda P. on October 22, 2013
- Publication Date: October 1, 2013
- Genres: Young Adult 13+
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray
- ISBN-10: 0061853313
- ISBN-13: 9780061853319