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One Year of Ugly ✼ One Year of Ugly Epub ✿ Author Caroline Mackenzie – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A fun fresh timely debut novel about the uproarious adventures that befall the Palacio family during their disastrous illegal residence in Trinidad that poignantly captures the complexities of dysfunc A fun fresh timely debut novel about the uproarious adventures that befall the Palacio family during their disastrous illegal residence in Trinidad that poignantly captures the complexities of dysfunctional families and passionate but sometimes messy romanceAfter fleeing crumbling volatile Venezuela Yola Palacio wants nothing than to settle into a peaceful new life in Trinidad One Year Kindle - with her family And who cares if they’re there illegally—aren’t most of the people on the island But life for the Palacios is far from uiet—and when Yola’s Aunt Celia dies the family once again find their lives turned upside down For Celia had been keeping a very big secret—she owed a LOT of money to a local criminal called Ugly And without the funds to pay him off Ugly has the entire family do his bidding until Celia’s debt is settled What Ugly says the Palacios do otherwise the circumstances are too dreadful to imagine To say that the year that follows is tumultuous for the Palacios is an understatement But in the midst of the turmoil appears Roman—Ugly’s distractingly gorgeous right hand man And although she knows it’s terrible and uite possibly dangerous Yola just can’t help but give in to the attraction Where though do Roman’s loyalties lie And could this wildly inappropriate romance just be the antidote to a terrible year of Ugly Combining the spark of Junot Diaz with the irresistible wit of Maria Semple One Year of Ugly brilliantly explores cross cultural struggles and assimilation from a uniue immigrant perspective and introduces us to an extraordinary new voice in contemporary fiction.


10 thoughts on “One Year of Ugly

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Caroline Mackenzie's offbeat debut novel certainly makes one heck of an impression and is bone achingly funny about the most serious of issues the horrors that underpin the global refugee crisis Some might uestion whether it is appropriate to treat the desperate and despairing plights of so many in the world with such humour but Mackenzie succeeds in throwing much needed attention on and highlight a topic many would prefer to avert their eyes from The Palacious family have left the political nightmare that their home in Venezuela had become and made their way as illegal immigrants to settle in Port of Spain in Trinidad However they just might have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire when Aunt Celia dies and Ugly and his criminal cohorts turn up to inform them of the huge debt that she has left behind and make it clear that they are now expected to pay it offMackenzie presents us with a year in the life of the family as they face one worry and concern after another in a narrative interspersed with diary entries from the now dead Aunt Celia in the narrative She creates a diverse and vibrant range of characters larger than life as Ugly has one of his henchmen the dangerous Roman keep a close eye on the family The Palacious's are forced into a range of unpaid 'work' to make good their debts It is the women that make the deepest impression such as the one off Aunt Milagros the deceased Aunt Celia and the 24 year old Yola and the hot and heavy feelings of desire that spring up between her and Ugly's man Roman This family drama is entertaining unforgettable and has some eye popping storylines that tackle the refugee crisis in the most surprising of ways This was an unexpected delight of a read fun well written and I cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC


  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Another book triggered different feelings and thoughts inside me at the same time I laughed I resented I repulsed I got entertained and I got sad There are so many sensitive issues in this book including illegal immigrants’ lives dysfunctional family issues alcoholism captivation living under a dangerous tyrant’s rules for a year Interestingly this is thought provokingly intense book but the author’s absurd and sarcastic way of looking at the matters and reflecting them by vivid interestingly uniue batshit crazy characters entertained me a lot I know so many readers may be offended or disliked the way of approaching those seriously sensitive and crucial issues But I always keen on reading something different original and I know writing a dark comedy is meticulous job The dosage of humor and criticizing things is too important and the matters should be expressed kindly and respectfully not to hurt the people’s feelings Let’s talk about the plot to give clues about the story’s progression The narrator of the story is Yolo Palacios 24 years old trying to adapt their weirdly dysfunctional family life They moved to Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for starting from scratch and building a new life Everything seemed fine till dear gold hearted Aunt Celia’s death The secret comes out that their lovely aunt lied about their immigration papers They have been illegally living on this island for a long time and this is not the only problem Dear aunt also has a big debt to a dangerous Mafioso type named Ugly and now they have to pay her debt by living under his rules for a year You think things won’t get worse but when charming right hand man of Ugly called Roman comes to the island and is being put in charge Yolo cannot restrain her attraction When a romantic involvement adds into the euation everything gets complicated Yolo starts to read her death and not so reliable aunt’s journal because her family is already out of control and the sanest person she may get help is a liar and not breathing She cannot connect with tipsy philandering brother or alcoholic uncle can she?The fast pacing vivid entertaining story hooked me up Yolo’s narration of her not so typical and ordinary family made me smile So overall this was fun reading and I’m giving my four solid starsSpecial thanks to Edelweiss and SimonSchuster for sharing this ARC and introducing me the brilliant Caroline MacKenzie’s uniue work in exchange my honest review


  3. BookOfCinz BookOfCinz says:

    Updated August 31 2020 I ready this book and felt that it would be a great BookOfCinz Book Club pick and I was right Re reading this book the second time around I did enjoy it a lot One Year of Ugly is Caroline’s Mackenzie’s debut novel due to be released on July 14 2020 In One Year of Ugly we meet the Palacio family who are originally from Venezuela but fled the country to start a new life in the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago The entire Palacio family settles somewhat comfortably into life in Trinidad and for the most part is trying to carve out a new life for themselves Their semblance of security is shattered when the self appointed head of the family Aunt Celia dies and they learn the ugly truth The family finds out that Aunt Celia lied about the legality of their immigration documents and they have all been living in Trinidad and Tobago illegally Added to this Aunt Celia owes a lot of money to local criminal called Ugly which is now passed on to them Ugly lets the Palacios family knows in no uncertain terms that they are at his will and in order to pay off their debts they will have to do what he reuires or elseThrough the narration of 24 year old Yolo Palacios we get a direct look into what life is like for a whole year under the Ugly regime From the family being a safe house for illegal immigrants coming into the country to working unpaid in a gentleman’s club the Palacios family is subjected to a lot To ensure that things goes smoothly Ugly puts his right hand man Roman in charge Yolo while acutely aware of the position her family is in cannot deny the insane attraction she feels for Roman A little confused Yolo turns to her Aunt Celia’s journals for advice but how can she take the word of her Aunt who put her in this position to begin with? I must be honest when I first read the blurb and some of the Goodreads reviews I was little nervous that Mackenzie used comedy as the device to tell this story I approached the reading of this book with much trepidation because “what could possibly be funny about a group of illegal Venezuelan immigrants living under the duress of a local drug lord?” “will be it socially insensitive?” “will illegal Venezuelan find it tone deaf”” will this lead to a greater appreciation of the struggle Venezuelans face living in Trinidad?All these uestions and really crossed my mind however in reading this book all I got was well written hilarious look into the fictional life of this family filled with a lot of heart warming moments I loved being immersed in the world of the Palacios family through Yolo her narration was hilarious wry and hella sarcastic At time points I felt the plot lagged a little and some of the situations worked out to nicely especially the ending which tied up a little too clean for my taste While the author touched on it throughout the book I felt we missed opportunities to really highlight some struggle of Venezuelans in a real way I do recognize there is only so much you can do in 350 pages However overall I did enjoy this read a lot than I thought I would If you are looking to spend time with some engaging characters who are held in a dubious situation but manages to come out on the other side against all odds – this book is your pick


  4. Ms. Woc Reader Ms. Woc Reader says:

    One Year of Ugly tries to use lewd comedy to tell a story but I'm not exactly sure what type of story it's trying to tell It's not a story of illegal immigrants that humanizes then and shows you there struggle or causes you to have empathy for them At times I found myself wondering if this was a an argument to send them back Because all the Venezuelans we encounter seem to partake in illegal activity and they all seem to have the same solid jobs people accuse them of stealing At times I felt like I was reading a story about white Trinis who live a good life as the minority on the island because the author made sure to showcase their world; a world she is uite familiar with versus showing us how this family interactions with the majority Black and Indian people on the island See longer full review on my bloghttpwomenofcolorreadtooblogspotc


  5. Louise Wilson Louise Wilson says:

    This is a story about a family's illegal migration from Venezuela to Trinidad The Palacios family lived a moderate life within their means But then they get a visit from the local crime lord who is called Ugly It seems that their recently deceased aunt Celia owed money to Ugly The family has to work to clear the six hundred thousand Trinidadian dollars by which ever way Ugly reuired them to Ugly left them with no doubt that that if they didn't comply violence would ensueThere is some complex social and cultural issues covered in this book portraying the difficulties Venezuelans were faced with in Trinidad There's a lot going on in this story There is some funny laugh out loud moments But the thing I liked the most was the family loyalty and their love for each otherwhat a fantastic bunch of characters and they were all believable This is uite a remarkable debut novel I do recommend this book I would like to thank NetGalley HarperCollins UK HarperFiction and the author Caroline Mackenzie for my ARC in exchange for an honest review


  6. Anna Goldberg Anna Goldberg says:

    This book really did not do it for me I could not get past the ableism transphobia and hyper sexualization of Latinx women I should probably have guessed based off the Marina Semple comparison that I wouldn’t like this but I really couldn’t recommend this one


  7. Louise Wilson Louise Wilson says:

    This is a story about a family's illegal migration from Venezuela to Trinidad Th3 Palacios family lived a moderate life within their means But then they got a visit from the local crime lord who is called Ugly It seems that their recently deceased aunt Celia owed money to Ugly The family has to work to clear the six hundred thousand Trinidadian dollars u which ever way Ugly reuired them to Ugly left them with no doubt that If they didn't comply violence would ensueThere is some complex social and cultural issues covered in this book portraying the difficulties Venezuelans were faced with in Trinidad There's a lot going on in this story There is some really funny laugh out loud moments But the thing I liked most was the family loyalty and their love for each other What a fantastic bunch of characters and they were all believable This is uite a remarkable debut novel I do recommend this book


  8. Marie (UK) Marie (UK) says:

    I received a copy of this book via net galley in exchange for an Honest reviewi found it a very difficult book to get into I restarted it at least 3 times and still had no idea what I was reading The author says she was writing with humour I can only say that our idea of humour must be very different as there was nothing remotely funny about this book Illegal immigrants under appalling duress due to financial difficulty Made to do things they would never contemplated Attacked with iron bars and constantly under observance this is far from comical I hated every minute of it and would not have continued had it not been for a challenge I would gie it 0 stars if i could but as i cannot it will have to be 1 I won't be reading any by this author and don't understand how such drivel gets published


  9. Gail (The Knight Reader) Gail (The Knight Reader) says:

    I am not the most sensitive reader so a lot of subtleties go right over my head With that said if I notice sensitivity issues in a book then they are blatantI put it to you this way If an author from another country wrote about your homeland and countrymen in a way that was not flattering but repeatedly disrespectful with the cover of “dark humor” protecting the writing how would you feel? I am really curious to know how a Venezuelan would feel reading this story One can do research for days but some stories are not yours to tell If you feel compelled to tell it still there is a level of respect that needs to be there I didn’t get that from this dark comedy 😒Additionally the story is set in Trinidad Oh God Why is the place and people described like this? And because the author is attempting humor the whole situation waves hands at book dramatically comes off as disrespectful and degrading I am from Guyana much akin to Trinidad and I would fight if someone described my homeland like that McKenzie is Trinidadian but it didn’t come across at allI’m here for Caribbean narratives but this book isn’t one I’m proud to claim


  10. Breanne Mc Ivor Breanne Mc Ivor says:

    I started this book at around 1100 pm with the intention of just dipping in before bed; but after that opening seuence I was hooked One Year of Ugly follows the Palacios family – Venezuelans living illegally in Trinidad – who are thrust into a crime ring thanks to now deceased Aunt Celia’s shady underworld dealingsI fell hard for the narrator Yola Palacios because she does not give a damn Bitingly sarcastic foul mouthed and socially perceptive she describes Trinidad from an outsider’s point of view “Trinidad likes to tout itself as this cosmopolitan melting pot swirling with all the flavours of the race rainbow But in fact if you’re not one of or a blend of one 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”As a Trini myself I found it fascinating to see my island through Yola’s perspective And as a reader I was sucked into the fast paced plot There are safe houses for illegal immigrants memories of Aunt Celia – the family bitch an unplanned pregnancy a wildly inappropriate romance with a sexy criminal and a strip club called the Pink Pie that shows that there’s to stripping than booty popping This book is a hilarious sarcastic romp that also shines a light on modern Trinidadian society and the challenges our Venezuelan immigrants face


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