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Summary

Shannon Brycen believes she is the epitome of pitifully ugly. Kalen, Shannon's overly social sister, is determined to play matchmaker and find a special someone for her sister. After a disastrous date with one of Kalen's recent selections, Shannon decides to take her love life back into her own hands by joining the local lesbian cyber matchmaker.

Mid 30s, still single, housebroken but rabid. If you're looking for something different, then I'm your girl. Write me if you dare.... P. U. Maybe it wasn't the best idea to build her profile after consuming half a bottle of her favorite wine...or to use a picture of herself at the age of six - after she had cut her own hair - as her online profile photograph.

Hiding behind the online persona of Pitifully Ugly, Shannon finds the courage to meet new women and face the disaster called dating. As her charming personality surfaces, Shannon's search for the perfect match may be closer than she realizes.

©2010 Robin Alexander (P)2021 Tantor

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  • 30-08-21

Fantastic

As ever robin Alexander has you crying out loud with laughter brilliant characters,fabulous characters and Lori Prince as ever perfect.

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Simply wonderful gem of a lesbian romance

Lovely, funny, moving, well written - Robin Alexander is one of my favourite writers and she's written another gem here.

Lori Prince is a great narrator and does an really good job but it is a shame that she did not adopt a New Orleans accent for Shannon's character, who had lived in the area her whole life. The audiobook is from Tantor Audio and other than this it has good production values.

I am saving Pitifully Ugly to my favourite Audible audiobooks and will enjoy listening to it again the next time I need cheering up.

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Hilarious love story

This book was hilarious from start to finish; I laughed that much I couldn’t catch my breath. I have listened to another book from this author and I got to say she knows how to tell a story with so much humour, and so far both the books I have read have been romantic love stories that make you like the characters and you are actually rooting for them to have a happy ending. And the humour is an added extra which I love.

Lori is an excellent narrator, I have listened to lots of looks narrated by her, and she is really good at the different characters voices. She also puts a lot of enthusiasm into the books which make you enjoy listening to the story.

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  • Michelle
  • 07-01-21

Sooooo good

I’d already decided that Lori Prince and Robin Alexander were a match made in heaven based on all the other Audiobooks Lori has narrated for Robin. But if I’d ever had any doubts at all, listening to this audiobook would have wiped them entirely off the planet. This is one of Robin’s books that I haven’t gotten around to reading in print, so listening to this AB was my first experience with it. Boy, am I glad I waited, because listening to Lori’s enactment of some of the funnier scenes nearly had me peeing my pants. All of Robin’s books are funny, but some scenes in this one ascend to a new level of hilarity. I also really liked the premise and the love story that uniquely unfolds in this book. If you’re looking for an audiobook that will have you wiping away tears of laughter while also offering you a love story that’s sweet but a little off the beaten path, this one will make you very, very happy.

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  • Krmc
  • 07-01-21

Another great one!

Robin alexander has done it again. I love her books she has such a great sense of humor and mixes so well with the romantic side of all her stories

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  • Tami
  • 06-01-21

Hire Lori Prince again!

I really wish all of Robin Alexander’s books were narrated by Lori Prince because they’re both my faves & the absolute perfect combo. Robin truly writes the best rom-coms that make me cry laughing every single story. I’ve read all her books, love love love her.

Then Lori is someone who makes even the worst books bearable & brings the best ones to life bc she gives so much to all her performances. Makes me feel even more present within the stories being told when the narrator is that excellent. I think Temporary Girl is my fave out of Robin’s books that Lori has narrated but she did great job with this one too & I think I actually enjoyed it more than when I simply read the Kindle version.

I would also LOVE to hear her narrate both of the Cat Island & White Oak series. Pleeeeease bring at least one of those series to Audible with Lori as the narrator!!

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  • Margaret
  • 27-04-21

Great.

I loved Pitifully Ugly. The title had put me off for a long time. I know I'm late to jump on the bandwagon. I loved it. Enjoyable. Romantic.

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  • April S.
  • 16-03-22

Laugh out loud funny!

I absolutely love Robin Alexander’s books because her humor is hysterically funny! 🙌🏻 So worth your time!

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  • shyloveswomen
  • 07-03-22

Such a sweet and funny story <3

Shannon is trying her hand at online dating, “Loyal, warm-hearted, and fun. Loves quiet evenings at home. Enjoys cooking when it’s for someone besides myself. My favorite kind of day is a rainy cold sunday when I’m curled up in bed with someone, watching movies and eating junk food— oh my god I’m a lap dog with culinary skills!” that’s as far as she’s gotten, so far not so great.

This book was written and set in 2010. So that’s where the characters are technology wise, mostly using email to communicate instead of a dating app like what’d be used now.

Short chapters, only three are 20+ minutes.



Shannon Brycen (37): Introverted, self-deprecating, and secretly funny. Ready for a change in herself and her love life. She handles the financial side of the 4 salons she co-owns with her polar opposite older sister, Kalen. With her history of a few back to back, unfulfilling, long term relationships and many unfortunate dates under her belt she takes to an online lesbian dating site, The Rainbow Room. After a bottle of wine she finally puts her profile together with a childhood photo (after she cut her own hair), a colorful description (seen in the summary), and the username Pitifully Ugly. Where she gets in contact with Newby, just moved to New Orleans from Atlanta for work and trying to make a new friend.


Hailey Morgan: Senior sales manager for a pharmaceutical company and Shannon’s new downstairs neighbor. Her wingwoman of a dog, Fuzzy, the main reason for the women continuously running into each other in the courtyard of their apartment building.




This was the 4th audiobook I ever listened to. I can safely say it helped get me into them. I love the main characters, especially their banter. Its always fun when you like them and want to shake them so they get it together. Many side characters in this as well, they were a funny addition to the story and a force to Shannon and Hailey’s relationship. In all it was so amazing to re-listen, going back to books/movies/shows allows you to pick up things you missed. I really like Lori Prince, especially how she voices Hailey in this.

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  • Yahli Rot
  • 03-03-22

Loved it

Funny and real.
Great characters with imperfections and embarrassing stories that made me laugh. Plus the cutest dog ever.

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  • Ps58
  • 01-02-22

A story that will have you laughing and swooning.

What fun dialogue. Shannon is a single woman looking for a good date and her experiences are just too funny. Kalen her sister is not a good matchmaker. Hailey moves in to her building but her past leaves her scared. Shannon and Hailey have such a spark. This incredible story is funny, powerful and so wonderfully loving. Lori Prince gives voice to some unique characters that make a journey of love. I loved this book, the characters had me laughing and I felt the joy finding someone you love deeply. A great listen with fun twists and heartfelt vulnerable hearts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-22

Dull, pointless, narration may have made it worse

Dull, narrator's soft whispering dialogues (gets worse throughout the book) doesn't help any. Maybe could have been better with a different narrator. Barely a plot, and not a tight one at that. Didn't bother finishing - and that's a rarity for me..
Too many unbelievable elements (on the human interaction level)...

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  • Lorraine Rusnack
  • 21-01-22

Let go of the past

Shannon has long forgotten trust issues and he feels socially awkward. It' amazing what a new hair style can do for you confidence. Hailey is nervous to try starting a relationship with P.U. There angst, romance and a lot of laughs as always in a Robin Alexander story. Shannon's sister is little help to her ,but new hair stylist Marvin is there to the rescue. Fluffy the dog plays a part in them getting together. This is a wonderful story of love and family. Lori Prince aces another one. She is just fantastic.