Book Review: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter

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This book contains potentially triggering content and/or content that may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Every Ugly Word

by Aimee L. Salter

Publication: Alloy Entertainment on July 29th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Alloy Entertainment, NetGalley
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.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve been staring blankly at the screen, typing things and deleting them and writing them again in an effort to convey what I felt reading this book. Needless to say, I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings on this one.

I guess in what I would consider the most important issue, I had a hard time connecting with Ashley’s character. I felt for her and the situations she was going through, of course, but it wasn’t absolute tail end of the book that she started to show admirable qualities. It’s hard to feel for a character you were never given a reason to like in the first place. Furthermore, I disliked Matt’s character, and while I understand it was important that Ashley saw his imperfections and let him off of his pedestal, their entire relationship felt strange.

The author’s writing style, itself, was wonderful. I loved the narration style, and the “voices” of the characters were distinct and well done. The level of “second-hand embarrassment” in this book was so severe at times that it was uncomfortable to read–but I guess that’s just an indication that the author’s realistic intent was achieved.

Even though the narration and pacing of this book are so gripping I read it in one day (and nearly in one sitting), it wasn’t until nearly the end of this book that I “got it”. I was actually almost starting to believe that there wasn’t a “paranormal” aspect to the book and that the “Other Me” that Ashley saw in the mirror was just a coping mechanism. There was real character development made at the end, though, and I appreciated the changes in Ashley. Her character matured beautifully in a short period of time, and overall, it made for a satisfying ending.


  • Reply Rosa @ Bookish Findings September 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I haven’t heard about this book yet, but the title caught my attention immediately. Thanks for your review!
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