Duckling Ugly, by Neal Shusterman (Dutton, 2006)

Cara De Fido has lived with a profound ugliness all her life, literally capable of curdling milk and breaking mirrors. However, when she discovers how to become beautiful, she also learns of the horrible price her “cure” and subsequent rash actions exact upon those around her. This is the third book in Shusterman’s Dark Fusion series, which mixes retold fairy tales with mythological elements for a horror-laced effect, and he keeps delivering good, solid stories with satisfyingly-uncomfortable twists.

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