Book Review: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter

Posted August 17, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery, the PR company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. SalterEvery Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter
Published by Alloy Entertainment on July 29th 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Bullying, City & Town Life, Coming of Age, Dating & Sex, Friendship, Honesty, Young Adult
Pages: 257
Source: Publisher on NetGallery, the PR company
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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.

“Every Ugly Word” by Aimee L. Salter was definitely interesting. The main character Ashley is bullied pretty bad in high school and to top everything off she has a major secret. She sees her future self in a mirror and is able to talk to her. Ashley doesn’t want anyone to think that she is crazy but she wishes she could tell her best friend Matt what she sees. Ashley’s future self wants to give her advice to try to change a pattern but she won’t tell present Ashley what pattern that it.

As I read this story I couldn’t put it down. The story starts out with Ashley talking to a doctor about what happened and what led up to her being in his office. I felt intrigued because I wanted to know why Ashley was at this doctor’s office. What was the incident that the doctor keeps referring to?

I had a hard time putting “Every Ugly Word” down because I was so captivated by the story. Salter has a way of hooking the reader and keeping their attention until the very end. I wanted to know what was going on because I felt like I was in the dark the entire time.

I didn’t feel much of a connection to the characters. Honestly Ashley was the only intersting one and the others were pretty flat and boring characters. You had the mean crowd that was always making fun and picking on Ashley but there really wasn’t any substance to them. The entire book was focused around Ashley so if a character wasn’t Ashley, then they were more in the background.

The ending. I am not going to spoil anything for anyone so don’t worry. The biggest reason I gave “Every Ugly Word” a 3.5 star rating is because of the ending. I feel like the ending was rushed and that it just wasn’t the greatest ending. I felt pretty disappointed at the end. My reactions was more like “Really?! That was it!” I think this book is a great read, it just had a really terrible ending in my opinion.

I am looking forward to seeing whatever else Salter comes out with because I do think she did a good job on the writing portion of it. I want to see some improvements in her character develpment and her endings though. I feel like the book should have a constant pace not be rushed on the last chapter or two.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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