ARC REVIEW: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter a.k.a #Stopthehate
TITLE: Every Ugly Word
AUTHOR:Aimee L. Salter
PUBLICATION: Published July 17th, 2014 by Mark My Words Publicity
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Supernatural
PAGES: 257pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: e-arc by publisher (Netgalley)
You can buy the book HERE.
BLURB FROM GOODREADS:
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.
WHERE DO I EVEN START?! First of all, I want to give thanks to the ladies over Mark My Words PR for the ARC, you guys rock! And of course, to the author herself, Aimee, for writing such a masterpiece! Her latest book gets nothing from me but admiration!
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I started reading Every Ugly Word without any clue of what’s it about (not unusual for me). And yes, I personally think that the first chapter was so gripping enough that I have to sit and finish it on one sitting. When I started the second chapter, It was then revealed that our protagonist, Ashley, is on therapy session. Her therapist is making her re-hash everything that happened until that ‘incident’ (which is the reason why she’s doing therapy in the first place) It’s a past/present narration. It’s like Ashley is just having a back flash. And let me tell you, the narration is impressive! It’s compelling and as soon as you’re on track, it will not let you go. You will find yourself hanging on every word that Ashley is going to say.
You see, Ashley was bullied. And she has an honest and open voice as a protagonist that she’s literally breaking me inside every time she tells a scene from her past. There are no even tears, it just aches, inside. Because I know that all that kind of stuff happens in real life and it’s painful to think that someone out there is being bullied and no one is being there for her/him. Just like Ashley. I’ve never wanted to hug a fictional character so bad. There’s also a lot of rage inside me. These people, these cruel and ruthless people, I can’t believe that they exist in this world. But we’re all being real here, right? We all know that in this world, people like them exist.
Though Ashley thinks she’s alone and isolated, she’s neglecting the one true person that cares for her, Matt. I’m not going to say that I’m a fan of this friendship. Because first of all, it’s one of the many reasons that Ashley is the way she is. And Matt has flaws too. I love how the author made a guy that is authentic. Yes, he’s swoony and Ashley is totally in love with him, but he’s… not perfect. He can be a douche. He still cares about his rep. And he’s stupid. See? A normal high school boy.
But the most interesting part here is that Ashley talks to herself. OKAY. So we all talk to our self. But Ashley actually sees her Older self. In the mirror. And they’re having normal conversations. It’s a fascinating thought to think about. Imagine your older self giving your present self advices, and talk you out about stuff that you should not do. Pretty cool if you ask me. But Ashley and her Older Self have a complicated situation, first, it shouldn’t be known by anyone and second, Ashley is convinced that her Older Self is keeping something from her. Which I tell you, dear readers, is right. So I’m going to stop here because this is the part where I got mind blogged (is that even a word?)
ANYWAY, I really don’t know what I… felt. It’s just, I got mind blown. SERIOUSLY. LIKE,
Yeah, I’m sorry, only a gif can explain it. It’s such a plausible and incredible concept and I don’t know, maybe I’m stupid for not figuring it out, but I was really astonished. It was a total WHOAH moment.
Every Ugly Word has a powerful grip on me. I felt everything Ashley has been through. Aimee Salter made a moving novel with a set of bona fide and memorable characters. It’s haunting, provocative and touching. I highly recommend it!
Note: Hey! Do you know that Alloy Entertainment and Amazon Publishing announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach. Every Ugly Word is one of the THREE books that was published on July 29th. Visit Aimee’s blog here when she announced it. And if you wanna read more of this, read this article from New York Times HERE.