Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein (2020)

Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein Stephanie Hemphill Hideous Love The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein From award winning author Stephanie Hemphill comes the fascinating story of Mary Shelley a brilliant teenager who wrote one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time Frankenstein An all consu
  • Title: Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
  • Author: Stephanie Hemphill
  • ISBN: 9780061853319
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein Stephanie Hemphill From award winning author Stephanie Hemphill comes the fascinating story of Mary Shelley, a brilliant teenager who wrote one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time Frankenstein.An all consuming love affair.A family torn apart by scandal.A young author on the brink of greatness.Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teenFrom award winning author Stephanie Hemphill comes the fascinating story of Mary Shelley, a brilliant teenager who wrote one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time Frankenstein.An all consuming love affair.A family torn apart by scandal.A young author on the brink of greatness.Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley It 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.Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.This luminous verse novel from award winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.
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  1. Emily May

    I Am EmilyI want to be a millionairebut I am not.I want to travel to another galaxybut I cannot.I want to constantly burst into songbut I will not view spoiler subject you to that hide spoiler.I want to love this bookbut I do not.The Day StartsWe begin our day withbreakfast.Then we takea strollout by the lake.I keep a journalwith mejust in case.In my journalI write but fewwords per lineand callitpoetry.Hideous LoveHideous love isas excitingas watching paint dry.Hideous love isas deepas a tablesp [...]

  2. Bonnie

    A copy of Hideous Love was provided to me by Balzer Bray Edelweiss for review purposes November brightens my spiritas I let go my fearsand agree to travelto London to be with my Shelley.I visit Skinner Streetand the Hunts.Also History of a Six Weeks Tour,my first book, appears this month,again with an anonymous author snore I didn t go into this surprised that this was verse and immediately discount it I adore novels written in verse well, as long as they re well done When done right, novels wri [...]

  3. Catherine Linka

    I plucked HIDEOUS LOVE out of a box from HarperCollins, because the title was so odd Then I noticed it was about Mary Shelley and saw who wrote it Stephanie Hemphill A novel in verse about the girl who wrote Frankenstein Hmm I d give it a few minutes, because it was Stephanie Hemphill after all.An hour later, I realized I d been completely sucked in Hemphill makes Mary Shelley come alive Her voice, her passion, her emotions are beautifully captured in Hemphill s verse And the story of her life w [...]

  4. Christie Angleton

    2.5Meh The author paints Mary Shelley as a simpering, lovelorn teen who only writes as a means of distracting herself from pining after her moody partner, Percy Shelley Maybe I m being hard on this, having so recently was Charlotte Gordon s Romantic Outlaws, but I don t think this is a fair depiction of the fiercely independent advocate for women s rights that I know Mary Shelley to have been.

  5. Kyle

    This review and can now be found over at Book Probe Reviews where I m now co blogging 1.5 starsI recieved a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss Thanks so much Oh dear Lord, what the heck did I just experience Hideous Love wasn t a book that I ever really planned on reading exactly It was one of those, if I can get it from the library or it ever becomes free on Kindle and I m looking for a quick read in verse However, once I saw that I could read this for free and be able to get m [...]

  6. Gabrielle Carolina

    I did not finish and stopped 20% of the way in Firstly, I do not like stories told in verse as a rule, Identical by Ellen Hopkins being the exception after Hopkins used her style to further illustrate her story As that never seems to be the rule I get really frustrated when authors take such deep, original concepts, such as the life and love affair of Mary Shelley, and shorten it into choppy sentences pieced together and called verse Just because your word count is low does not mean you can allo [...]

  7. Hannah

    Perhaps it s fitting to have a book about the tempestuous relationship between Mary Wollstonecraft and poet Percy Shelley written in free verse A lot of grief miscarriages and dying children and drama and a constant pall of family scandal all mixed up here I probably found the annotated bibliography of works at the back to be the most interesting part.As with pretty much any novel in verse think Audacity or Brown Girl Dreaming , it doesn t take long to read.

  8. Katherine

    It felt like I was reading a melodramatic teenage diary rather than a fictionalization story of Mary Shelley s life, but it still made for a fast read.Review coming soon

  9. Christine

    I ve been on a novels in verse kick lately and had been meaning to try this author s books for some time This one actually seemed the least interesting to me just from the summary, but then I listened to an episode of Book Riot s new Annotated podcast about Mary Shelly and the writing of Frankenstein and my interest was piqued I sort of wish I just left it at podcast though which was really well done and fascinating.This book was perfectly fine, but it s chock full of misery, tragedy, scandal, d [...]

  10. Savannah (Books With Bite)

    Alright This book is way than what I thought it be For sure, I love the writing But the characters had my stomach in knots.Love Let me tells you the way this love is hideous This love is doomed from the start And iffy guy attracted to a young girl, romance moves fast Oh and did I mention he is STILL married and has a child on the way while he is pursuing her Yup.Cause he is And I knew as soon as she feel for his antics there was no going back This love isn t one I enjoyed but really cringed at [...]

  11. Alicia

    I didn t make the connection that Hemphill also wrote Your Own, Syliva, which I adored until after I read the book This one is similar in that it s a verse novel, based on a literary figure, in this case Mary Shelley and her intriguing life Her family disowned her early on when she took up with Percy Shelley, who was still married with children when they pledged their love to each other Mary s father disowned her and his friendship with Percy because of the indecency Mary knew thought she was in [...]

  12. Nina

    I got this book as an ARC from my local library and I m so grateful to have picked it up The minute I started reading, I was hooked on the sparse prose and the strength of the main character I didn t know a thing about Mary Shelley prior to this but I now realize that she was an incredibly strong woman, and that her strength came from her faith in her writing and her love for her husband As you will find out when you read the book, these things was tested time and time again It s obvious Hemphil [...]

  13. WTF Are You Reading?

    There is so much to say about the story told within this book s pages.A tale told completely in verse Hideous Love chronicles the young life and love of Mary Shelley.This is a story rife with scandal.1 Mary s elopement with the already married Percy Shelley.2 Attempts by the two at free love.3 The rather ambiguous nature of the relationship between Percy and Mary s step sister Jane.Tragedy1 The death of Mary s mother when Mary was but 11 years old.2 The death of Mary and Percy s first child.3 Th [...]

  14. Brooke R. Busse

    I love verse novels They re up there with fairy tale retellings It doesn t matter what the subject is, if I find a verse novel, I read it HIDEOUS LOVE had the added bonus of having an intriguing premise.Mary s husband s portrayal in this book was not something I expected Seeing his actions through Mary s eyes added whole other layers of meaning to them My opinion of him wavered throughout the novel, which leads me to believe Hemphill did a great job with his character SPOILER It also adds a whol [...]

  15. Jan

    Hemphill has a gift for prose poetry, which is not as simple to do as it looks Hideous Love, told in prose poems, is the story of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein and wife of the Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley It is a fascinating look at an era when women were beginning to assert their independence and ambition, but were still really beholden to men for their very existence Although Percy Bysshe Shelley encouraged women to be independent and throw off their marital shackles, he was stil [...]

  16. Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    I think Mary Shelley s story is fascinating and perfect book to write about I ve gotten into historical biographies as of late, and this was a nice foray into that The fact it was written in verse particularly since her great love, Percy Bysshe Shelley, was at the forefront of this story makes sense That said, just a personal opinion, I got tired of reading it in verse, because that is just not how I read books, not because it was a problem with the book It made sense to do it for this book ar [...]

  17. April

    I get kind of excited about books that take on historical figures and really sort of bring them to life I love learning about the lives of real people from the past Stephanie Hemphill takes on the story of Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley in Hideous Love, a young adult verse novel I am on the fence about this book, I don t necessarily agree with the not so positive reviews I ve read BUT, I am not about to fawn all over Hideous Love, to me, it s just an okay read and one that honestly won t linger i [...]

  18. KJ, Madame Librarian

    Why isn t there YA about the 19 year old who invented science fiction while she was on vacation with her narcissistic and married boyfriend This was a lovely audiobook, even if the text was a little simile heavy I enjoyed it and I admire Mary Shelley even now Who lives, who dies, who tells your story Mary And she ll release your annotated poetry and make sure your name is remembered as one of the greats.

  19. Demi

    I am a latecomer to a love of Frankenstein I rebelled against reading it in high school and have only recently come to appreciate it and Mary Shelley I think the choice of verse for this novel is a great one Mary spent much of her early life in the company of Percy Bysshe, and there is an element of the romantic in the repeated tragedies of her youth I enjoyed Hideous Love a great deal as a result.

  20. Duks

    Well, this is my first book that I read in verse I found it interesting, Mary went through a lot, this resentment that her stepmother had towards her, her father ignoring when she left with Shelley The death of her children and the unexpected death of him.Her Shelley was an ass

  21. Edward Sullivan

    An engrossing, nicely detailed fictionalized verse biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

  22. bjneary

    I read this historical fiction novel in verse about Gothic novelist, Mary Wollstencraft Shelley famous for writing, Frankenstein for my July twitter chat books with unique formats with yearofya on 7 25 at 8PM EST Stephanie Hemphill s novel in verse was both enlightening and exciting Mary flees her unhappy life with her love, already married Percy Shelley famed Romantic poet and leaves her family horrified she would do such a thing Mary s resilience, wit and all encompassing knowledge kept her by [...]

  23. Amanda Peterson

    I had a bit of interest in this book due to it being about the romance between Percy and Mary Shelley, this book does a pretty good job at detailing the relationship and it s ups and downs The tragedies detailed are quite sad and it is interesting to see that sometimes certain families and societies wanted to make you forget them so you could still be in society I also liked the prose style of the book as well However what gave the book it s score was this disconnection I at times felt throughou [...]

  24. Serenity Dawn

    I read this for Halloween It highlights at times, and in subtle ways, the most darkest, selfish parts of human spirit It s quite sad This book just wasn t for me It was in verse journal entry format which worked for what the author wanted but I just didn t like the people They continually made horrid and idiotic choices.

  25. Hope

    I found the life of the protagonist appealing than the writing of this book It was a pleasant enough read, although less poetry than choppy prose in short lines.

  26. Carol Ann

    I like the poetic style of this book I read her book about Sylvia Plath too It s an easy way to take historical facts.

  27. Em Elizabeth

    A really fast read, but the whole things reads like one giant summary, complete with flat characters and unimaginative similes.

  28. Devan

    2.5This book requires you to have a certain mind frame and mood going in It s not really a book that you can just pick up and expect to be entertained from page 1 till the end It is of an acquired taste and some fans of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley may enjoy it as well.A little background on me and the original novel is that I have had a love hate relationship with Frankenstein In high school when I read it my senior year I absolutely hated it Partly, due to the fact that it took forever to get [...]

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