Book Reviews

Every Ugly Word – Aimee L. Salter

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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.

 

My Review: 

As a former school counselor, I know firsthand how horrific bullying can be, especially when kids use technology to do so. Of course kids bullied when I was in high school, but technology has made it much easier to remain anonymous, and I think it’s easier for people to spew hatred hidden behind cellphones and computers. Not only is the seventeen-year-old main character bullied via technology, but also physically and verbally. While reading Every Ugly Word, I wanted to give Ashley Watson a huge hug and tell her that things will get better as soon as she graduates from high school.
Every Ugly Word is well written, honest, heartfelt, and un-put-downable (I read it in one sitting). I’m going to highly recommend this to high school librarians in my county (I’m a middle school librarian) because it has such a strong message of hope and survival. Looking forward to reading many more novels from this amazing author!

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