Hey blogger friends. Here it is, as promised, my review of Aimee L. Salter’s newly released book from Alloy Entertainment, Every Ugly Word.
Every Ugly Word follows 17-year-old Ashley who is relentlessly bullied at her high school and by her own mother, and his helplessly in love with her best friend, Matt, who is bullied by his father.
She seeks help by looking to her future self, “Older Me” who supports her through it all and teaches her to love herself. But is she really seeking “Older Me” or is she looking within herself for the answers?
When Ashley looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been her support system through her relentless tormentor’s bullying, her unstable mother at home, and her forlorn love for her longtime best friend. But when Ashley discovers “Older Me’s” betrayal, she is targeted in the worst way and impends her last chance with Matt. She’s done with hearing every ugly word.
I give this book FOUR out of FIVE stars **** / *****
This was a very well written novel that addresses the subject of bullying by an author who herself was a victim of bullying herself as a teenager. There were parts in the book where I just wanted to cry for the MC Ashley for the humiliations she endured emotionally, mentally, and psychologically at the hands of her classmates. The worst was the emotional abuse endured from her mother, who felt Ashley didn’t fit in because she didn’t try hard enough…(i.e. maybe if you put on some make-up, wore some nice clothes, looked presentable, etc.) Ashley’s mother seemed to be a very vain and plastic person, more concerned about appearances rather than a person’s personality or ethics.
Her best friend Matt, who she has secretly been in love with for the longest time, is the only one who ever defends her. They are both gifted art students looking to get scholarships in an Arts college. However, in her eyes, things begin to change when he starts dating one of the girls from the clique that bullies her. He doesn’t seem to notice what goes on right under his nose.
Throughout all the turmoil, her ‘Older Self’ appears often when she is in front of the mirror many times and tries to offer advice to help her make things right. Unfortunately, her ‘Older Self’ also has things going on and has to cut short her visits with Ashley for reasons she can’t explain to her yet.
I don’t want to give away spoilers, so I will leave it at that.
Overall, it was a very good read. The story flowed really well and was nicely edited. I was left with some unanswered questions about ‘Older Self’ at the end. I would read other books by this author and recommend this book to upper middle grade and young adult readers.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT I RECEIVED A COPY OF THIS EBOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.***