In Monroe's sequel to God Don't Like Ugly, it's 1985, and Annette has been reunited with the father who walked out on her more than 30 years ago. Her dad wants to hear all about her life growing up, but Annette won't tell him everything—namely, the sexual abuse, the abortion, the prostitution and the friend who's a murderer.

These are things that Annette's fiancé doesn't even know—and for good reason. Once he learns about her past, he dumps her, which actually turns out to be for the best. The breakup opens Annette's eyes to a more permanent relationship with someone more reliable.

With most of the story told via flashbacks, GOD STILL DON'T LIKE UGLY focuses on an overweight woman who becomes comfortable with herself. It's a gritty, repetitious tale, complete with an offstage rape, murder and some downright unpleasant secondary characters. If you're looking for a relaxing, enjoyable, feel-good story, you might want to pass. (Sep., 320 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley