Every Ugly Word-Book Review

Hey blogger friends. Here it is, as promised, my review of Aimee L. Salter’s newly released book from Alloy Entertainment, Every Ugly Word.Every Ugly Word

Every Ugly Word follows 17-year-old Ashley who is relentlessly bullied at her high school and by her own mother, and his helplessly in love with her best friend, Matt, who is bullied by his father.

She seeks help by looking to her future self, “Older Me” who supports her through it all and teaches her to love herself. But is she really seeking “Older Me” or is she looking within herself for the answers?

When Ashley looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been her support system through her relentless tormentor’s bullying, her unstable mother at home, and her forlorn love for her longtime best friend. But when Ashley discovers “Older Me’s” betrayal, she is targeted in the worst way and impends her last chance with Matt. She’s done with hearing every ugly word.

I give this book FOUR out of FIVE stars **** / *****

This was a very well written novel that addresses the subject of bullying by an author who herself was a victim of bullying herself as a teenager. There were parts in the book where I just wanted to cry for the MC Ashley for the humiliations she endured emotionally, mentally, and psychologically at the hands of her classmates. The worst was the emotional abuse endured from her mother, who felt Ashley didn’t fit in because she didn’t try hard enough…(i.e. maybe if you put on some make-up, wore some nice clothes, looked presentable, etc.) Ashley’s mother seemed to be a very vain and plastic person, more concerned about appearances rather than a person’s  personality or ethics.

Her best friend Matt, who she has secretly been in love with for the longest time, is the only one who ever defends her. They are both gifted art students looking to get scholarships in an Arts college. However, in her eyes, things begin to change when he starts dating one of the girls from the clique that bullies her. He doesn’t seem to notice what goes on right under his nose.

Throughout all the turmoil, her ‘Older Self’ appears often when she is in front of the mirror many times and tries to offer advice to help her make things right. Unfortunately, her ‘Older Self’ also has things going on and has to cut short her visits with Ashley for reasons she can’t explain to her yet.

I don’t want to give away spoilers, so I will leave it at that.

Overall, it was a very good read. The story flowed really well and was nicely edited. I was left with some unanswered questions about ‘Older Self’ at the end. I would read other books by this author and recommend this book to upper middle grade and young adult readers.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT I RECEIVED A COPY OF THIS EBOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.***

Aimee L Salter

• Visit Aimee’s Website: http://www.aimeelsalter.com
• Like Aimee on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AimeeLSalter
• Follow Aimee on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aimeelsalter

Apparently Beyonce Couldn’t Find Any Words That Rhyme With Elevator

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Hysterical!!!

Originally posted on Half and Half:

In case you missed being alive yesterday, the internet almost broke when Beyonce released a remix to her song ‘Flawless,’ and she finally addressed the infamous fight between Jay-Z and Solange.

The only problem was that apparently, she couldn’t find any words that rhymed with elevator, so she just repeated it.

We escalate, up in this bitch like elevators
Of course sometimes shit go down
When it’s a billion dollars on an elevator

Hey, maybe I’m being a little too harsh on the Beester (is that cool, Beyonce fanatics?).  Maybe the repetitive nature of that word was for emphasis.  But just in the rare event that my assumptions about pop culture billionaires are correct, I want to remind Beyonce that there are, in fact, a bunch of words that do rhyme with elevator.

Here is the list of potentially badass alternative lyrics to her verse using words that rhyme (imaginarily copyrighted by…

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Insecure Writers Support Group – Aug., 2014-Quotes

Hello writers! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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Another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG. My hero, Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it’s become THE PLACE to go if you are an insecure writer. Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this month’s meeting again. Make sure to visit my other co-hosts:

Sarah Foster, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Rhonda Albom!

I’m keeping it short and offering some famous quotes on inspiration and motivation when it comes to writing. I hope it helps!

“The objective of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story …to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all.” ~ Stephen King

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.” ~ William Faulkner

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me? You are a human being with a unique story to tell. You have every right.” ~ Richard Rhodes

“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” ~ Robert Benchley

What’s inspired or motivated you this past month?

 

 

Express Yourself – July 28-Aug. 1, 2014

Hello bloggers! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I’m a couple of days late for this week’s posting of the Express Yourself weekly meme that comes out monthly with a different topic each week, but I did it! I made 100% of my postings for the month of July and I’m stoked. :)

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Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. This week’s topic is:

July 28-Aug 1, 2014: Who would you choose to portray you in a movie?

That’s an easy question for me to answer.

Susan Sarandon!

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I love her!!

I say that because years ago before I got sick, many people used to say I looked like her when I was younger. I took that as a major compliment, since I have loved her since the Rocky Horror Picture Show! :) Yes, I go back THAT far.   She is a beautiful woman, great actress, and a wonderful person (or so I’ve read). There’s no one I’d like more to portray me in a movie than Ms. Sarandon. Talk about an honor. What about you? Curious minds would like to know!

Have a great day everyone!

Every Ugly Word – Aimee L. Salter

I had the pleasure of being involved with the cover release of Aimee L. Salter’s book ‘Breakable’ a few months back when she self-published it on Amazon. I began following Aimee on Twitter early in my blogging days and have followed her rise. I’m thrilled to announce that Alloy Entertainment has picked up Aimee’s book for publication and is now called ‘Every Ugly Word’. Here are the details:

The New Cover-Nice!

The New Cover-Nice!

EVERY UGLY WORD
by Aimee L. Salter

July 29, 2014— New York, NY

Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction.

The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films. All titles in the new Alloy imprint will have the advantage of being part of group that aggressively supports and promotes its properties.

In fact, more than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100.

Every Ugly Word will be one of the first of three titles to be released under the newly launched imprint.

Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.

Every Ugly Word follows 17-year-old Ashley who is relentlessly bullied at her high school and by her own mother, and his helplessly in love with her best friend, Matt, who is bullied by his father.

She seeks help by looking to her future self, “Older Me” who supports her through it all and teaches her to love herself. But is she really seeking “Older Me” or is she looking within herself for the answers?

When Ashley looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been her support system through her relentless tormentor’s bullying, her unstable mother at home, and her forlorn love for her longtime best friend. But when Ashley discovers “Older Me’s” betrayal, she is targeted in the worst way and impends her last chance with Matt. She’s done with hearing every ugly word.

Aimee L SalterAbout the Author
Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you’re really thinking. And she’ll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn’t ask you about.

• Visit Aimee’s Website: http://www.aimeelsalter.com
• Like Aimee on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AimeeLSalter
• Follow Aimee on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aimeelsalter

About Alloy Entertainment
Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films. More than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100. AE has successfully adapted several of its properties into hit television shows for broadcast across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, ABC Family and Nickelodeon. Current Alloy Entertainment television series include Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The 100. AE feature films include Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Sex Drive and The Clique, with several additional projects currently in development including Sisterhood Everlasting, The Merciless and The Brokenhearted.

About Amazon.com
Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Advance Praise for Every Ugly Word

“Original. Authentic. Heart-breaking….Officially one of my favorites!”
— Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of Losing It.

“A gripping story about a teen facing her demons with twists you won’t see coming, Every Ugly Word is a chilling and heartbreaking début with raw emotion searing every page. I couldn’t put it down.”¬
— Katie Sise, author of The Boyfriend App.

“Every Ugly Word is a punch to the gut from chapter one. The tension and mystery build through every page to an inevitable showdown that left me breathless. With a splintered protagonist you can’t help but root for, you’ll battle through the worst of humanity’s ugliness to emerge at the end dirty and broken and full of hope.”
— Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I’m Lying.

Link to the original Press Release:  AS-Every Ugly Word_Press Release doc-final

I’m so excited to see how far Aimee’s come in her journey. I’m done with the book and will be writing my review shortly. I’m crossing my fingers in the hope of having my first ever author interview right here on my site. Will let you all know when I get that scheduled. I’ll have my review up by this weekend. **Update: The review will have to go up the week after next. I didn’t realize I have to go back to NJ and PA to take care of some business and have co-hosting duties for the #IWSG on Wednesday, but no worries, it’ll be up!

Until next time…