ARC REVIEW: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter a.k.a #Stopthehate

TITLE:22818100 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)
RATING: 4★★★★
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.

 

REVIEW:

 

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,

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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.

You can stalk Aimee here because she’s awesome: TWITTER | WEBSITE | FACEBOOKAnd check out her moving essay HERE .

 

Remember, #Stopthehate


 

18 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter a.k.a #Stopthehate

  1. *sobbing because I loved this book when it was self-published because I could relate so much and I want to buy it because I want to support her but my mom won’t let me*

    Yeah, sorry for the sob-fest, but all I can say right now is I’m so glad you liked the book! I mean, it’s great, and I just want to read it now that it’s gone through an editor since I did have a few problems with the ending. Can I like, borrow the file or your Kindle or your phone or your whatever? *smiles but bursts into sobs because I’m jealous and this book killed me*
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  2. Oh my goodness! You’re going to make ME cry now! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful review – and for putting all the #stopthehate stuff out there. I LOVE that. Thank you thank you thank you! *Flails*

    1. I know you’ll love this, Dre! You’re such a positive person and you like spreading positivity.

      Oh man, Ashley is just.. I just wanna hug her through out the book 🙁

  3. OH MAN, this sounds really, really good actually! I love the aspect of Ashley talking to her older self, but how does that work exactly????? I’M SO CURIOUS. I guess I’m going to have to get my hands on this book then huh. Though truthfully, I hate reading books about bullying because it’s just so saddening, and it depresses me. But I think I will still pick this up sometime in the future. And yes #StopTheHate!!!
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    1. Read it, VAL! And then let’s stop awful thing called bullying. If someones going to be making a movement against this issue, I know it’s you and me. You already eat brains, that’s enough! HAHA.

      Let me know if you’ve read it 🙂 #StopTheHate

  4. This sounds like a really emotional, thought-provoking book; and I’m really intrigued. The premise reminds sounds really interesting, and Ashley sounds like such a relatable, realistic character. Definitely going to have to give this a try because your enthusiastic review has intrigued me! 🙂 Thanks for sharing Paula, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    1. Hey Joy! Thanks so much. I know what you feel! I think we all have been verbally abuse once. I suffered through that in highs chool. So I was pretty emotional while reading this one. Hope you can find the time to read it. Thanks!! 🙂

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