**I received a digital copy of Every Ugly Word for free, thanks to Alloy Entertainment and 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.” (alloyentertainment.com)
While I definitely loved this story it was by no means a perfect book. Some of the characters could have used a bit more development, the setting while mainly understood could have been better explained, and the resolution/outcome (ending) felt slightly rushed. I absolutely loved Ashley and I was pulling for her and Matt. Their friendship was truly something special. The bullies Finn, Karyn, Brooke, and Terese were so mean and cruel and I am sad they never got what they deserved for putting Ashley through hell. It took me more than half way through to figure out what was going on with the Younger vs. Older Ashley – who was telling the story, etc. Even after I figured it out I didn’t feel like the ending was ruined. I was 100% invested in Ashley and the story.
A unique spin on the classic high school bullying story. One I can easily see myself reading again and recommending to friends.
The biggest disappoint came at the end. The ending just wasn’t complete. I am happy with what we got, but I was hoping for so much more.
Keeping an eye out for what Aimee L. Salter comes up with next!
Characters – 5 Setting – 4 Plot – 5 Conflict/Purpose – 5 Resolution/Outcome – 4
I rate Every Ugly Word 4/5 stars.