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Book Review: Hideous Love: The Story of of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill

Let’s make this clear I love stories written in pose.

         Balzer + Bray   Published Oct. 1, 2013            320 Pages
Balzer + Bray
Published Oct. 1, 2013
320 Pages

As the title says this book is about Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. At the age of nineteen, Shelley wrote her classic but the events leading up to this novel and the events after it helps bring understanding to those who are fans of the author not just her stories.

This book is written in poetry form and it has a form of elegance to it. Writing in prose does not take away from the story . . . at least not for Hemphill stories.

What was great about this story was there was connections with Mary. Yes, she lived in a different time, however, she was a young girl who not only wanted to be free to make her own decisions on her own terms but she wanted to be loved and accepted and also an amazing writer.

She was a young girl that made some rash decisions but she also had a difficult time regarding her love life to poet Percy B. Shelley.  The emotion this story evolved out of me wasn’t just pity but it was also curiosity. Who nowadays give thought to an author’s life. Hemphill made you, well me, want to know more about Mary.

What I didn’t like about the book was the desperation. I mean Hemphill had to tell Mary’s story, which was done well, but the desperation for Shelley’s love was  a bit too much for me to bear. It wasn’t obsession but if Mary was really like that as a teenager/ young adult then I can understand her writing more.

Overall I give this book a 8 out of 10. I think it was well written and a great way to tell Mary Shelley’s story. The book loses points mainly because I just felt completely sad reading it. This girl had it rough and her love . . . whoa too intense even for me.


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