Review: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter
Posted by brriske
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.
Perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and The List, Every Ugly Word is a gripping and emotional story about the devastating consequences of bullying.
This is a new release of the previously self-published title Breakable.
Every Ugly Word is an awesome book about a survivor of bullying. The heroine has a paranormal advantage that none of us do, however, but the author still manages to give hope to those who suffer at the hands of teenage bullies. She is the average introverted, misunderstood teen girl with a crush on her best friend and a horrible home life. The perspectives the author gives are insightful enough that I knew immediately she had lived through it herself. Perhaps not exactly as the heroine did, perhaps not exactly as I did, perhaps not exactly as many young girls are right now. That part doesn’t matter, just that she dealt with it and made it through the other side.
She weaves the paranormal side into the heroines story in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what will happen next. The mother is cold and distant, the boyfriend is a typical male, the best friend is typically dense, in other words, these are characters we all know intimately. I couldn’t stop reading it once I started. I had to find out how it ended.
I highly recommend this as required reading for all pre-teens, teens, even young adults. There is some violence and the themes are a bit complex for a younger reader, in my opinion, but then, its not written for them. There is romance, angst, action, drama, everything you could want is between the covers of this book. Buy it. Read it. Pass it on to those who need it.