Review: ‘Every Ugly Word’ by Aimee L. Salter

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Every Ugly Word’ by Aimee L. SalterEvery Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter
Published by Alloy Entertainment on July 29th, 2014
Genres: Bullying, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 257
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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.

About Aimee L. Salter

Born in Oregon, but raised in New Zealand, Aimee L. Salter now lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and son.

When not trying to remember which accent she should be speaking in, or chasing her dog around, Aimee 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.

Aimee started as a self-published author, but her debut novel was picked up and re-released as Every Ugly Word by Alloy Entertainment in 2014.

As well as a writer, Aimee is a wife, mother, and Christian. As far as she's concerned, that means Jesus loved her first, so she can learn to love everyone else. #StoptheHate.

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This is one of those books where you just want to throttle some of the characters for their sinister and sadistic ways. Since I didn’t read the synopsis, I didn’t know this was about bullying. Even though there was a little paranormal twist what with her seeing the older her in the mirror, it’s one of those stories where you can’t believe this actually happens in real life.

These bullies are one of the worst I have ever read in a book and I pretty much hated them all. All the betrayal and blackmail that Ashley goes through is a little hard to read. They’re sinister and almost down right sadistic. I couldn’t help but feel so empathetic for Ashley and what she was going through. She didn’t really have anyone to turn to except her older self. Even her best friend Matt seems like a douche sometimes. I never really trusted him at all.

Ashley goes through the most painful high school experiences. One of her experiences was prom and just because a girl says yes, doesn’t mean you put out. The guy expects to get sex just because he brings her and woos her on a date. UNBELIEVABLE.

You want me to apologize for finding you attractive?

The biggest bully is her mom..Sadly this is what shapes Ashley’s entire life. This is why she can’t defend herself because her own mom pushes her and pushes her and doesn’t care at all. I was pretty horrified the entire time.

One of the biggest takeway from this book is that it can get better, and the incident that is promised from the beginning is there in full form at the end. I thought it would be this massive huge twist, but unfortunately it was part of the magic of the mirror. I didn’t really understand that part, but I was hoping there’d be more.


I think as soon as anyone gets close to the truth, you flee.
Their cruelty says a lot more about them than it does about you.
The only thing you can control is you.
You just have to. If you push through this, you’ll show them. You’ll show them you didn’t deserve this.
What a surprise that you are more about what they than what really happened.
You didn’t deserve that on any level. He used his superior strength and social status to threaten you. I have no mount that your reaction after the fact was actually shock. For a young man to do that to a young woman simply because he can? I am sickened by it.
Sometimes people aren’t as good as they look. Just because you want to believe they care doesn’t mean they actually do.
You can’t control how other people hurt you. But you can control how you hurt.
I suppose I would define someone—or a decision they made—as brave when they choose a path that could have either serious gains or extreme consequences. When they’re choosing that path not out of recklessness, but out of hope. For something better.
You’d be so pretty if you just lost a little weight.
Are you seriously telling me to use sex to keep a guy interested?
Better to make the right choice than to hate yourself the next day.
A coward, just like the rest of them. The kind of person who makes the easy choice rather than the right one. The kind who knows that what’s he’s doing is hurting someone but does it anyway.
Do you have any idea how it feels to have people look you in the face and tell you they wish you were dead, and mean it?
People don’t like drama. And you make drama all the time.
Our parents mold us, whether they mean to or not. Your mother convinced you that you were inadequate, that you lacked the necessary value.
If you give up on yourself, they’ll ride right over you and it will never let you go.
It isn’t what happens to you in your life that destroys you. It’s what you do about it.


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  1. Aliya D

    February 24, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    I have a young niece; I think this would be a good book for her to read. It just makes me terribly sad that people feel it is okay to hurt and bully others; especially parents who viciously bully their own children.

  2. Jillyn

    February 23, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    This one has been on my Kindle awhile but I haven’t read it yet for those exact reasons. I’ve read a few bullying books lately and I just can’t face another onslaught of horrid people.

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