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.
Goodreads Rating: 4.05 with 296 ratings
Genre listing: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Drama, Bullying,
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I'm a little emotional over this book, so hopefully I can formulate a proper review of it. Every Ugly Word touches on a subject that's very hard to deal with- bullying. In the book, we follow Ashley, who ever since she told a lie so that she could fit in with the popular kids, was severely bullied. It tells a tale of what it's like to be bullied, but it also gives hope that suffers can get through it.
The situations that Ashley find herself in are very real, and a lot of bullying victims could probably relate to them. The characters seem real. There's a love interest, but it's not an obsessive love based on how pretty the people are. Matt's a good guy but still makes some mistakes. I appreciate this because I'm so sick of reading about love interests who are just "so perfect and hawt."
I thought that the older and little Ashley got confusing in the book. It was weird but served a purpose. Older Ashley was there to tell current/little Ashley that it can get better. Whether she believes it or not, Ashley is a really strong and brave character to make it through what she did.
I want to have more to say about this book, but I don't. It's a good read, and I strongly suggest it to anyone who is a victim of bullying. So instead of doing a full-on review, I'm going to post some quotes from the book that I found particularly encouraging.
"You think the way these people treat you is the end of the world. But I can tell you; it isn't what happens to you in your life that destroys you. It's what you do about it."
"You can't control how other people hurt you, Ashley. But you can control how you hurt yourself."
" I suppose I would define someone- or a decision they made- as brave when they chose a path that could have either serious gains or extreme consequences. When they're choosing the path not out of recklessness, but out of hope. For something better."
" People you love should always be more important than the people who judge you."
"You modify your word choices, downplay feelings, sugarcoat events. You hide behind these things because you've grown accustomed to being ridiculed simply for being yourself."
"You just haven't grown up enough yet to realize courage isn't fearless."
"My gaps only became inevitable when I stopped believing they could be filled."
"So, no, I'd never be a kick-ass movie heroine. But I was real and lovable. And for now, that was enough."
Sorry that this isn't a thorough review. It's a very raw and real (albeit fictional) story on bullying. It not only goes through the journey of being bullying but gives the message that you can get through it.