Hideous Love: The Story Of The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie HemphillHideous Love: The Story Of The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill

Hideous Love: The Story Of The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

byStephanie Hemphill

Hardcover | April 23, 2015

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From Stephanie Hemphill, author of the Printz Honor winner Your Own, Sylvia and the acclaimed novel Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials, comes the fascinating story of gothic novelist Mary Shelley, most famous for the classic Frankenstein.

An all-consuming love affair with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a family torn apart by scandal, a young author on the brink of greatness: Hideous Love is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature, a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

This luminous verse novel reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

Stephanie Hemphill is also the award-winning author ofWicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials, aLos Angeles TimesBook Prize finalist;Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book;Sisters of Glass; andThings Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Title:Hideous Love: The Story Of The Girl Who Wrote FrankensteinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.63 × 5.88 × 1.07 inPublished:April 23, 2015Publisher:Harpercollins PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061853313

ISBN - 13:9780061853319

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Each poem in itself is lovely, together they form a very well-written story of Mary Shelley's life.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Mary's family isn't exactly the most supportive. Her father is constantly asking for money from her and her sisters demand a lot of her attention. When she meets Shelley, she experiences first hand what it's like to love someone. Inspired by her environment and her real life, she starts to write the classic we all know as Frankenstein. Told in verse, Mary is quickly seen as a very talented young woman. Her thoughts and actions are typical of that time. Even though I couldn't understand the spark that exists between her and Shelley, I accepted it all the same. I did find that she loved him way too quickly, but back then I guess it was accepted by society since woman weren't as independent and marrying a man meant survival. I pretty much despised the man and the title tells her story very well. He is already married and has a child, and it seemed like he just did whatever he wanted. I really wished she had more common sense before she experienced what she did, but with she eventually learned her lesson. In the end, I was happy that she moved on and in doing so, creates the story, Frankenstein. A quick and easy read, I finished this in one sitting. Reading in verse is just so much more faster and easier. But writing in verse can't be easy. It's hard to quickly get to the point and I commend Hemphill for this stand-a-lone into the fictional mind of Mary Shelley.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Mary Shelley is a very popular figure in literature and for woman writers, and so when I saw that Hideous Love was based off of her life, i knew I had to read it. When i was in university I studied women in literature and I studied Mary Shelley pretty closely. We learned about her writing and about her personal life. So this novel was something I was very interesting. And it was beautiful! Told in verse, Hideous Love takes the reader in a journey of Mary's love affair with Percy and how she ended up writing one of the most notable novels in history. I will say that because I had already studied Mary's life and knew everything there was to know, the story itself wasn't new, but what I loved most about this book was the way it was written. Verse is not for everyone, because you not have to read the words, but you have to read in between the lines at what is not being said. The writing in this book was extremely beautiful and well done. It was almost like the emotions of Mary herself were written and we were just privilege enough to read it. I know a lot of teens might not like this type of novel, but to me it gives me a chance to look beyond the words and try and figure out the alternate meaning. I loved that. It is no secret that Mary Shelley wrote amazing poetry in her lifetime, so it seems fitting that her life story be told on the same fashion. I really hope that readers will pick up this book and not only revel in the amazing writing, but also learn about this amazing women who wont through terrible heartbreaks at a very young age, and came out on the other end stronger, and full of brilliance. This is a must read for literature lovers of all ages.
Date published: 2014-01-05

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Praise for WICKED GIRLS: “In subtle, spare first-person free-verse poems, the author skillfully demonstrates how ordinary people may come to commit monstrous acts. Haunting and still frighteningly relevant.”