Office & Workplace

Book Review: fugly by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: fuglyFugly (Fugly, #1)

Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Series: Standalone

The Verdict: ★★★★

For: Office romance

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Publication details: September 15th 2015 by P & S, Inc.

Format: Kindle, 330 pages

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UGLY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER… My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside.

Until I met Maxwell Cole.

He’s handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It’s been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons.

In exchange, he’s offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I’m not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.


I really don’t get it. I spent the first 75% of this book thinking what exactly was fugly about Lily Snow – physically – because we weren’t told until the last chapter where we got a grand total of 2 sentences (out of 300 pages) explaining that she had facial disfigurement.

I think I struggled mostly with coming to terms with the cover model and the descriptions of Lily as a character. She was ugly on the outside and apparently beautiful on the inside but I didn’t feel like the author wrote her that way,  she was shallow and judgey as fuck and she practically rolled over at every opportunity given to her.  Yes, she gave as good as she got but she also rolled over far too much for my liking.

Maxwell Cole was also an asshole. In many many ways. He suffered from cacophobia – which is the fear of ugliness- and he used that as excuse to demean and belittle Lily at every turn but then got angry when someone else did the same thing. I found him to be incredibly hypocritical and generally annoying all round, particularly when he couldn’t look her in the eye for the majority of the book but found it okay to have sex with her.

If he’s that afraid of her why does he sleep with her?

I kind of understood the author’s reason for the book but I just didn’t like the execution of the characters and the storyline.

Maxwell Cole is this hot as hell CEO of Cole Cosmetics (C.C) with a phobia of ugliness who has this nasty-ass attitude against Lily Snow – the girl with the ugly face and the ugly heart and it just makes no bloody sense.

The whole book made no sense!

So Lily starts to work with him although he has a condition to that – she has to have surgery on her face and be his therapist and she has a condition to that – he has to have sex with her. I was like “what the actual fuck?” This man has done nothing nice to you from the beginning, I don’t care if he’s paying you a million a month to answer his phones, you don’t have sex with him!

Later on things start to improve though not by much and towards the end of the book this scandal comes out about how Maxwell has been dating ugly women for ages in an attempt to have therapy but failed and then one of the women committed suicide and it all kicked off with the sister of that woman going crazy and writing a book slagging him off blah blah blah.

Maxwell doesn’t talk to Lily about it at all and disappears so she does the obvious thing and goes to this book-writer and confesses all to him.  Only to have it blow up in her face – big time. To cut a long story short, she ends up in hospital with a new face – surprise surprise.

Then at the end, she apologises to Maxwell ONCE for destroying his life and company and she gets him back right at the end. I call bullshit.  She was an awful person but then so was he.

In all, I felt comfortable giving 3.7 stars for the concept of the story only. The concept was good, all about self-love and self-healing but the execution was downright disgusting.  In it, she makes light of bulimia and anorexia and that is just not on. “I have self-esteem and health eating habits. So there.” The author made Lily to be ugly both inside and out.

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