Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Every Ugly Word: Aimee Salter

**ARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book was that powerful. If any of you go and view the books I have read and rated, you will realize how difficult it is to get a full five stars. This book gets six stars. For those of you who have been bullied, the main character is someone you will be able to identify with. For those of you who are introverts or shy or have anxiety, you can identify with this book. Aimee Salter has created a masterpiece that (for me at least) rivals the works of many other novels and authors of the same category.

So the plot line is that 17 y.o. Ashley Watson is a victim of bullying, where everyday is a struggle to keep herself going, to keep the hate away. But she sees in the mirror her 23 y.o. self. Older Ashley tries to help younger Ashley get through each day, so that when she grows up, things will be better. Ashley's best friend, Matt is always there for her, until he isn't. Matt is a loveable character, but I still wanted to strangle him. Matt thinks that things in Ashley's life are better than they actually are, because she can't bear to tell him the truth. When an old flame from Ashley's past comes back into her life, Matt realizes just how much she means to him.

Now let us talk about Dex. He was a total douche, I can't even think about him without wanting to go on a murder spree on his ass. But oh well. I really thought he was going to be something different, and be "the one" for Ashley. But I also don't want to give away too much of what happens, so I'll leave it at this:

Matt and Ashley have a very interesting friendship dynamic. He was not abusive exactly, but he was not a good friend either. He seemed to treat Ashley like a plaything, and took her for granted. The one major problem I had with him was that he never stood up for Ashley. I enjoyed finally watching him mature in the last few chapters, and be there for Ashley, in both scenarios.

This book was an emotional rollercoaster, but was well worth the read. I was left sobbing over my kindle when I finally finished it. I recommend this book for everyone, especially those who are looking for a book they feel they can identify with. If you have never been on the receiving end of bullying, this was a pretty accurate portrayal of what people go through. I was very happy with the ending, and have told everyone about this book, but wow, way to kick my heart in and leave me to pick up the pieces.

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