"Every Ugly Word" By Aimee L. Slater
Ashley Watson is bullied every day, she can't walk down the halls of her high-school without being called every name in the book, she's changed her number countless times to avoid the endless string of death threats and cruel words, and even when she's home her own mother can't help but berate her and cut her down.
She'll never be pretty enough, skinny enough, popular enough, to fit in, to make friends, to be 'normal'. At least that's what she's told over and over again.
The only two people who don't treat her like dirt are her best friend Matt who she's been secretly in love with for years and her future self who she communicates with through mirrors.
Ashley's future self has already suffered through the pain and hurt that Ashley is suffering through now. Her future self keeps telling her to hang on, to ignore them, avoid them, to be stronger than them and the words they throw at her, but Ashley doesn't know how much more she can take.
When the present and future collide all bets are off.
This was such a gut wrenching read, it was beautifully written and breathtakingly sad.
Ashley's story is one of countless stories of bullying, but the aspect of being able to talk to her older self sets this book apart from all the others. It was such a unique story and the characters had so much depth and life. I loved every single word and I recommend this book to everyone.
Whether you were the school nerd or the prom queen. The outcast or the quarter back. Because it truly doesn't matter. Once you're throwing your cap up in the air the person you were in high-school doesn't matter. The labels fall away and the cliques go their separate ways. Its who you are on the inside that matters. It's who you are on the inside that stays with you. Good or bad. Ugly or beautiful.
Until next time,
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My review is my honest opinion.