Sunday, November 23, 2014

Book Review: Every Ugly Word

Title Every Ugly Word

Author Aimee L. Salter

Release Date July 29, 2014

When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

I was a bit hesitant to request Every Ugly Word from Netgalley originally. I thought a paranormal story about bullying sounded strange. Even now, it sounds weird to me. However, my interest in how the author could possibly pull off an interesting story combining those two aspects won out and I requested the book.

Note: The following review may have unmarked spoilers. Please read with caution.

I became engrossed in Ashley's story early on and found the book hard to put down. Ashley also appears to be an unreliable narrator, right to the very end. To be completely honest, I'm still not 100% sure I know what really happened, but (surprisingly) it works for this book. (Is there another dimension with Older Ashley? Has the bullying drove Ashley crazy and this is how she copes? What's real?!] And the overall message of rising above bullying was done well and in a realistic fashion.

Every Ugly Word was certainly better than I anticipated and I recommend it. Don't let the paranormal part of the story throw you off like it almost did to me.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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