Top Ten Tuesday: YA Realistic Fiction of 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic.This week I’m going to give you a Top 10 of the realistic young adult fiction I’ve read in 2014. I am making a Top 14 of 2014, which will be up on January 1st, 2015. Let’s get into the books!

I didn’t put them in any particular order 🙂

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  1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  2. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
  3. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins
  4. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  5. Schizo by Nic Sheff

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  1. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
  3. Panic (Panic #1) by Lauren Oliver
  4. Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne
  5. Vain (The Seven Deadly #1) by Fisher Amelie

This is my Top 10 for this week. Have you made one? You can share the link in the comments below, I’d love to read it!

Review: Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

seeker Title: Seeker
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Seeker #1
Release date: February 10th, 2015
Genres: young adult, (high) fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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I received this book for review via Netgalley, which in no way affects my opinion.

Synopsis: The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend. But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought. And now it’s too late to walk away.

Review

When I read the synopsis of this book on Netgalley, I requested it immediately. I’m a huge fan of fantasy and this seemed right up my alley. It took me 6 days to read this, which is quite a long time for me. However, I’m pretty sure that if it had been any other book it would’ve taken me twice that amount. I’ve been so busy lately with university and I’ve been sick too. Yet every time I had to put this book down, it made me feel a bit sad. I loved it so much!

First of all, the plot. This book’s plot is insane -in a good way! It spans over about 2 years and so much crazy stuff happens. It starts when Quin takes her oath as a Seeker and discovers that being a Seeker is not as noble as she’d been taught. But what can she do about it? She’s taken her Oath so she’s marked as a Seeker and there’s no way to escape. That’s when things start going crazy. I never knew what to expect! I got swept up by the story and didn’t want to come back down.

Not only was the plot incredible, so were the characters. Because the story spans over such a long time, there is a lot of character development. I can honestly say that by the middle/end of this book, you wouldn’t recognize half of the characters. My favorite ones? Shinobu and Maud/the Young Dread. Those two characters were the most fascinating to me. I fell in love with Shinobu’s character and story!

I have to give a warning: there is a love triangle in this book. When I realized that, the first thing that went through my mind was “Oh no, there’s going to be drama”. To be honest, this is probably one of the first love triangles that didn’t bother me. It wasn’t that Quin was like “I can’t choose between the two, I love them both, who will I pick…”. Because of the events that happened, the relationships between every character shift so much and not just the love-aspect. In my opinion, the love triangle doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of this story.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book! I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Traveler, which apparently will be released in 2016? That’s WAY too long!

Have any of you read this book or heard of it before? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

blue lily, lily blueTitle: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published: October 21st, 2014 by Scholastic Press
Genres: young adult, paranormal, supernatural, magic
Rating: 5/5 stars

You can click the cover to go to its Goodreads page.
Because this is the third installment in a series, I won’t put a synopsis here. If you want to see it, you can go to Goodreads via the cover.

Review

The Raven Cycle is slowly becoming one of my favorite series ever. It is such a magical story and honestly, a strange one. I couldn’t explain it to anyone else even if I tried. But that’s what makes it so special in my eyes. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

The plots of these books are always so hard to describe! From the first book on, Blue and her Raven Boys are searching for an ancient king called Glendower who has been sleeping for centuries somewhere. They believe he is hidden in Henrietta, Virginia because the ley lines -magical power lines- are strong there. That’s the basic plot. It’s always so exciting and suspenseful to see what they’re up to! They get into all kinds of trouble and it makes for such an amazing read.

Even though the plot is incredible, the characters truly make this series. The interactions and love between Blue and the Raven Boys -Adam, Ronan, Gansey and Noah- are out of this world. You can see their friendship build up from the fist book and turn into something more; as said in this book “they were all in love with each other”. They are all connected in a way: to each other and to their search for the king; I haven’t really read much about friendships like these. It’s just beautiful and adorable. I also really enjoy reading about their families, which is something a YA book often lacks. Even the families are all so different: Blue comes from a family of psychics who live together, Adam’s dad is abusive, Gansey’s mom is an important politician, etc. There’s rich and poor, loving and hating, everything.

Lastly: the feels! I don’t want to give any spoilers but the characters make you feel so much! Although I could try and pick a favorite character, I would have a very difficult time doing so. I love each of them for their own reasons.

I honestly can’t wait for the next book, which I think will be the final installment in the series. I would highly recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

Review: Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

rite of rejectionTitle: Rite of Rejection
Author: Sarah Negovetich
Series: I freaking hope so but nothing is given so it might be a standalone.
Published: December 4th, 2014 by Smashwords Edition
Genres: Young adult, dystopia
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

You can click the cover to go to its Goodreads page.
I received this book via Netgalley for review, which in no way affects my opinion.

Synopsis: Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony. A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love. But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

Review

If you’ve read the synopsis I’ve given above, you might understand why I requested this from Netgalley. I like dystopian books and this seemed like it would be a good one. I am so happy that I got approved for this book, I enjoyed it even more than I was hoping to!

First of all, I will talk a bit about the plot. This book starts the weekend of the Acceptance, when Rebecca is getting ready for the ceremony. But for a reason unknown to her the Machine labels her as a criminal and she is sent to the PIT. Every person/child who is a danger to the society they live in is sent there and it functions as a prison -without any rules.
The story was quite fast-paced in my opinion. In the beginning of the novel, Rebecca is a girl ready to become Accepted, then she soon gets Rejected and labeled as a criminal and stuff happens. It wasn’t rushed at all yet I felt as if so much happened.

I feel as if the writing style didn’t just give you a fast-paced feeling but a descriptive one as well. The author didn’t skim over the terrible things that will probably happen when humans are put in those situations -ever seen/heard of Das Experiment? Witnessing life in the PIT through Rebecca’s eyes was really interesting, but gruesome at the same time. I don’t want to give anything away, but the abuse -both physical and mental- is not skimmed in this book which in my opinion is a good thing, it’s a big part of how the society works and views those labelled as “criminals and waste”.

Secondly, the characters. There were so many interesting characters in this book: I don’t even know where to start. Rebecca, Eric, Daniel, Elizabeth, Molly, Constance, Thomas. Even if they only had the smallest part in the book they intrigued me. I would be interested in novellas from every single person’s POV. The novel combines characters from different social classes, sexual orientations, skin color, everything. Rebecca seemed a bit superficial in the beginning, which I guess is how everyone is raised in this society, but still. The only point when she “bothered” me a bit is when she first got sent to the PIT. She truly saw herself as deserving to be there and a criminal even though she had never done anything wrong -or had any intention to do so in the future. Just because a machine said it. What? She soon evolved and grew though and it was truly great to see.

This novel also deals with topics that are important, yet which people don’t like to talk about. I can’t really tell you which ones because that would probably be a spoiler but you see the main characters go through a hell of a lot.

About 50% into the book, there was a little alarm bell going off in my head: ERROR. LOVE TRIANGLE. Well, not really a triangle, more a rectangle? Without giving anything away about the story, I want to say: there is no love rectangle, nor is there a triangle -to my huge relief. Trust me on that. It may seem like it for a while but there isn’t one.

I would definitely recommend this book to you -if you like YA or dystopian books of course. If you hate the genre, then don’t read this. I thought the writing was fast-paced and so descriptive and honest. The scenes of situations happening in the PIT were horrible to read -although I do think they probably happen in normal prisons now, unfortunately- and I could really envision the PIT. The characters were great as well and I found myself getting quite attached to them.

As a last note, I really hope this is going to be a duology and not a standalone. I can’t deal with that being the ending!

P.S. Note that I said duology. I think this story could benefit so much from a sequel and I would gladly read it. Even though I am obviously not the author and have no say in that whatsoever, I just wanted to mention it.

Review: The Oathbreaker’s Shadow (The Knots Duology #1) by Amy McCulloch

the oathbreaker's shadowTitle: the Oathbreaker’s Shadow
Author: Amy McCulloch
Series: The Knots Duology #1
Published: June 4th 2013, by RHCP Digital
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars

You can click on the cover to go to its Goodreads page.
I received this book for review via Netgalley, which in no way affects my opinion.

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all – not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.

Review

I requested this book on Netgalley immediately after reading the synopsis. When I got approved, I was so excited! The premise sounds amazing to me and I had quite high expectations by then. I must say that I was not disappointed.

In the beginning of the novel, I was quite confused. There were a number of names of people, places and tribes and I didn’t really know anything about the world beforehand. So all the names that were thrown at me dazed me a bit. The first like 20-25% of the book is what I would call build-up. You need the back-stories and the information about the tribes to understand the rest of the book, so it is definitely necessary, but it can feel a bit confusing or dry at times.

After those chapters with build-up though, the story really picked up for me. Soon, Raim was marked as an oath-breaker and had to choose: run or be killed. This is where things got very interesting and where characters started showing their “true selves”. The plot really progressed from there on and soon Raim was seeing places he’d never seen before -and maybe wished he’d never see again. I really loved his on-the-run story, it was very thrilling and suspenseful!

We got to meet new characters as well form that point on. My favorite so far is Wadi. That girl is fierce! She’s from a different tribe than Raim is, and her tribe will guide the oath-breakers to Lazar. Since they live in the desert, she is a survivor, a fighter. But she is intelligent as well! I truly thought she was an amazing character. We got to meet other characters as well, and some, let’s say changes, in other characters but I don’t  want to spoil anything for you so I’ll just talk about Raim.

Raim really develops as a character in this story. He gets branded as an oath-breaker, the very people he despises and instead of having a future as a Yun warrior -something he has always dreamed of- he now has to live as an outcast. So he has to adapt: not only his survival skills, but also his very beliefs. It was really interesting and enjoyable to see him grow. The most pronounced quality Raim has is loyalty: loyalty to his best friend, and everyone he considers as family. His love for his little sister, Dharma, was incredibly adorable to read about.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel and I would definitely pick up and read the sequel!

Review: The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan

the 100Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred #1
Published: January 1st 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction (space)
Rating: 3/5 stars

You can click on the cover to go to its Goodreads page.
I received this book for review via Netgalley, which in no way affects my opinion.

Synopsis: In the future, humans live in citylike spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland…before it’s too late.
Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust-and even love-again.

Review

I was a bit divided about this book even before I started reading it. On the one hand, I was expecting it to be really good since not only is there a TV show based on this book but a lot of people love the show as well. On the other hand, I don’t tend to be a huge fan of science fiction. Still, reading the premise this book had a lot of potential to me. And while I enjoyed the overall story, there were definitely some drawbacks for me.

Before I get into what I didn’t love as much about this story, let me just say the following. I finished this book in no time at all. I wanted to keep reading to find out how it would end, and when it did end I wanted to read more. So I did enjoy the plot itself. The drawbacks I found this book to have were mostly centered around the characters. I did think the plot was good and I will continue reading the sequel, 21 days -I need to know what happens!

I’ll get into the aspects I didn’t love as much now. The first thing was the amount of POVs. In the first 4 chapters you immediately have 4 different people “talking” without even knowing who they are. It was really confusing to me and quite hard to keep up with. I understand the need to see through different characters’ eyes, but it may have been easier for the reader if we would’ve been introduced to the character before.

I wasn’t really attached to any of the characters either. I was definitely intrigued about the story and what would happen in general, but no specifically for one character. I think the reason for that is the amount of point-of-views as well. There are quite a few novels that introduce a lot of characters but those tend to be long. This book had a lot of characters, but wasn’t particularly long so you didn’t get much time to get to know a single character. And the love triangle, really? There was no need for it. Plus it was really strange, it came out of nowhere!

Despite these little flaws, I enjoyed the overall story. I’m going to continue reading the sequel -and maybe even watch the show! I would recommend this if you’re looking for a fast-paced sci-fi story.

 

This Week’s New Releases (I’m Excited For)

I’m back with another New Releases-post! If you haven’t read my previous one, please note that these are definitely not all the books that are being released this week. These are just the ones I’ve been anticipating or I look forward to reading. If you think I left any important ones out, please let me know in the comments!

Because there aren’t many books on my list this week, I can give you the synopsis for some of the books -I obviously won’t give you one if the book is a sequel, hello spoilers!

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  1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
    October 21st, 2014
    FINALLY. I have been waiting for Blue Lily, Lily Blue for a while now. I truly loved the previous two books, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. They are so unique -and strange- but they capture you and take you to a world where anything is possible. You need to go and read these. Side note: isn’t the cover gorgeous?
  2. Here With Me (The Archer Brothers #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
    October 23rd, 2014
    Synopsis: Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive… until Evan’s twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.
    After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
    A new adult book with military guys? Sign me up for that! I’ve also read some of the author’s previous work and I thoroughly enjoyed them.
  3. A Shard of Ice (The Black Symphony Saga #1) by Alivia Anders
    October 27th, 2014
    The synopsis of this book is quite long, so I’ll show you the first part of it: When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.

    Kidnapped girl mysteriously found again + a melody. Creepy yet intriguing.
  4. Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover
    October 21st, 2014
    Confession time: I haven’t read Nash, the previous book in this series. Oops. But I read the three books before that and I really enjoyed them. They are all new adult stories and they are companion novels. Each of them is about one of the guys working in a tattoo parlor and their families and obviously, love interests.

These are all the books I’m excited to read that are being published from the 21st-27th of October. Are you anticipating any? Let me know.

Review: The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician #2) by Charlie N. Holmberg

the glass magicianTitle: The Glass Magician
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Series: The Paper Magician #2
Published: November 4th, 2014 by 47North
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

You can go to its Goodreads page by clicking on the cover image.
I received this book for review from Netgalley, which in no way affects my opinion.

I will not provide a synopsis for this book, as it might spoil anyone who hasn’t read the first book, The Paper Magician. If you want to see my review for that book, you can find it here.

Review

I found the first book in this trilogy highly enjoyable so I couldn’t wait to read the sequel. And surprisingly, I loved The Glass Magician even more than I did The Paper Magician!

The story doesn’t pick up immediately after the events of the first book but a little while after. Things have settled down again, but not for long. This novel was even more action-packed than the previous one if that is even possible. Ceony is dodging exploding factories and other life-threatening situations and it is so suspenseful. There was one moment where I felt like smacking her for thinking that everything is her fault and that only she could fix it but truly, given what happened I would feel guilty as well. I wouldn’t take the actions she would -I don’t think I’m that brave- but I would feel guilty as well. That all sounds very vague and bizarre if you haven’t read this book yet and the only remedy for that is to go read it right now -but read The Paper Magician first obviously.

As for Ceony, I felt as if she had grown a lot since the first book. She was more mature and dealt with situations she didn’t like much better. She is definitely growing from a teenage girl to a young adult/woman. She is much more in control of her feelings and in general, a bit wiser. And I loved her Emery-moments. They were so adorable!

The last thing I want to add before concluding this review, is that I adored the one chapter in Emery Thane’s point of view so much! It was very interesting and I wanted more of him when the book was over.

I would definitely suggest picking these two books up; they are highly enjoyable and entertaining and once you get attached to the characters the suspense will have you staring at your book/screen. I hope there will be a third book one day, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up.

Review: The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

the paper magicianTitle: The Paper Magician
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Series: The Paper Magician Trilogy #1
Published: September 1st, 2014 by 47North
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Rating: 4/5 stars

You can click the cover to go to its Goodreads page.
I received this book for review via Netgalley -which in no way affects my opinion.

Synopsis: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Review

While I have read quite a few fantasy novels, it always surprises me how many new worlds authors can create. I really enjoyed reading about a world -in the 1900s- that has magicians who bind themselves to one medium like paper, plastic, metal, etc. I will talk some more about the world later on though.

First of all, let me say that I found the plot wonderful. It was so unique, especially the chapters that take place in Thane’s heart! I had never read anything quite like it. This novel is quite fast-paced and that influenced the speed in which I read it as well. It was a quick read for me -which I consider to be a good thing- and the story captivated me enough to make me think about how it would unfold when I was unable to read at that moment. But a fast-paced book can have a downside as well, especially in fantasy books: the lack of world-building. In most fantasy novels that would have bothered me a great deal, as it is often hard to understand the world without having knowledge about it. In The Paper Magician though it didn’t bother me a lot. The thought popped into my mind in the beginning of the book but once I was engrossed in it, I didn’t really care as much. I do hope that one day -maybe in the sequel or even a later book- the world will be explained a little bit more which I would find very interesting. That is really the only downside the plot had to me.

On to the characters.
The first impression we get from Ceony is that of an annoyed teenager. I usually tend to dislike whiny characters but in this case I could understand why Ceony was so angry and sad. She had just lost her dream job to be assigned to one she didn’t want… forever. I could not imagine doing something I didn’t like for the rest of my life. She changed -and evolved- very quickly though: she soon became intrigued by the magic of Folding and turned into a whole other person, one I really liked. She appreciated what she had, and even found joy in the way her life has turned out. And when Magician Thane’s heart gets ripped out of his chest, she didn’t even hesitate. She picked everything up and went on her way to try and save him. I like how she wasn’t afraid to say what she thought even in the chambers of his heart. At first, I thought there was going to be instalove, which I really hate -so much. But after thinking about it for a second, I realized that wasn’t true. The way she gets to know him is fast and different than in other novels but she does know him. She knows everything that makes him him. Which is not instalove -yay!

As for Magician Thane, I won’t discuss the majority of his character because that’s kind of a spoiler but I do love his personality. He’s funny, witty and responsible. And he makes the most beautiful things out of paper -hello, I want most of those things too!

I highly enjoyed this book. it was fast-paced and so very unique in its plot. I got attached to the characters as well -and to Fennel- which made the plot even more captivating to me. I would definitely recommend this book!

Review: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter

every ugly wordTitle: Every Ugly Word
Author: Aimee L. Salter
Standalone novel
Published: July 29th, 2014 by Alloy Entertainment
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Drama
Rating: 4/5 stars

You can click the cover to go to its Goodreads page.
I received this book via Netgalley.

Synopsis: 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.

Review

Before I go in more depth I just want to say that this book carries an important message. Bullying is such a common problem in today’s society and not enough is being done to stop it. It can ruin someone’s life, can leave scars that will never heal. People, and especially children and teenagers, can be so cruel. Every Ugly Word portrays the situation of a bullied girl well but at the same time it has a sort of supernatural twist that was very interesting.

This novel starts in a psychiatrist’s room where Ashley is telling the psychiatrist everything that has lead up to “the incident”. So while you are reading this you switch between certain moments in time: when she is in high school experiencing the bullying and when she’s in the psychiatrist’s room where they discusses the choices and actions she has made to wind up there. I thought this was a very interesting way to tell the story. You don’t only get to see Ashley making the choices but afterwards she explains why. Often, in novels I am puzzled by the actions of a main character: I can’t understand why on earth they would have made that particular choice. But this way, Ashley gets to explain herself, and I think that was very important to her story and especially to her character.

As for the plot, I’m not going to delve into that. That would ruin the entire novel for you. The storyline is terrible. And by that, I mean that the characters in this book are horrible people. The actual plot of the novel and the way it was written are truly amazing in my opinion. But the story in itself, makes me angry and sad at the same time. I just don’t understand why people are so cruel sometimes for absolutely no reason. And the fact that people are being bullied like this every day, just makes me lose faith in humanity. I want to applaud the author for writing a story like this: they should be read and heard.

On to the characters. Firstly -and most importantly- we have Ashley. She thinks so little of herself which usually annoys me in novels, but here… Honestly, who could blame her after all the things people have thrown at her? In my opinion, Ashley is a very brave character. She tries her best to avoid her bullies but still goes to school every day even though she knows they will harass her again. And her art, I wish I could see it in real life! It must have been so inspiring and confrontational. Secondly we have Matt, her best friend. To be honest, at first I was angry at him for not seeing how bad it was. But while reading the novel, I got to understand why he didn’t. At times, he was a bad friend to her -ah boys, not always thinking with their brain- but other times he was such a good friend to Ashley that it made me forgive him for the moments he wasn’t. As for Ashley’s mom, I don’t even have words for that woman. I do not understand, nor will I ever, how you can say such things to your own daughter.

To conclude my review, I would tell everyone to pick this novel up. It’s captivating and interesting and above all, it makes you think. I read this book in 1 sitting, that’s how into the story I was. Every Ugly Word is a thought-provoking book that will captivate you until you’re done reading it.