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‘Every Ugly Word’ follows the story of Ashley, a teenager who has been bullied throughout high school. She has been so pressured and troubled that now she actually believes that she is worthless and no longer needed in this world.
What was supposed to be a tiny, attention-seeking lie, turned Ashley Watson’s life upside down. Now, she is left with only one friend, Matt. And even he seems to be drifting away from her. Her “friends” make snide comments, not behind her back, but in front of her. And, to top it all, she sees her older self in the mirror. Too many problems, no solutions.
It was extremely easy to step into the characters’ shoes, regardless of their personality and nature. The author made all the characters relatable and real. The story, as recounted by Ashley, is laced with many twists and turns, bad situations giving way to worse, unimaginable tortures. Never once does the reader lose interest in the book—that is how good this intricately weaved story is.
I absolutely loved this book. It was my first novel about a person who is bullied, and even though I have not yet explored the others, I will have to say that this one would be one of my favourites. The feelings are so intense and the hope that comes off the book so radiant.
Favourite Quote: “. . . it isn’t what happens to you that destroys you. It’s what you do about it.”
I, in all honesty, would recommend this book to everyone who has either been bullied or is going through it now. There is a lot to learn from this, even if it is a fictitious story. Anyone and everyone can relate to this touching piece of work.
My Rating: ★★★★★