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- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publication Date: April 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JMCLCXQ
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,229 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Story of Awkward (The Embrace Yourself Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Peregrine Storke (Perri) has finally outgrown most of her childhood insecurities and embraced her unique sense of self. As she heads off to college, she packs away her journal filled with sketches of purple-winged fairies, princesses, and friendly trolls (her only family growing up) to start her life anew. Her best friend's older brother, Foster, the very one who'd created the rhymes the entire school had used to taunt her, returned from his years of military duty mature, handsome, and with quite a few changes of his own. But to Perri, he would always be the bully who picked on her in school.
Enter a strange storm, a car accident, and a little bit of magic. Suddenly, Perri and Foster are thrown into the world she'd created, watermelon fairy dust, two-headed unicorns, and all. Saving a kingdom and rescuing its prince with your hot ex-nemesis? Awkward. Watching him meet your vengeance-fueled, crayon-drawn version of his old self? Priceless.
I loved it. The premise is unbearably fun, the romance sweet, the story touching and heartfelt. Another five stars for author RK Ryals.
This book tackles that and then some. This is one that I would recommend to EVERYONE, no matter your age. If you're currently doubting yourself, or have spent your entire life doubting you were good enough, this book will get to you. You'll love it, I promise. And I absolutely ADORE the way the author handled everything! The world of Awkward was absolute perfection in my opinion! I'll be buying this one in print ASAP because reading it again and again is in my future. Move over Disney, there's a new fairytale queen in town and her name is R.K. Ryals!
Peregrine "Perri" Storke is an artist who has drawn pictures of her ideal family, friends, and world since she was as child as a refuge from her father's harmful words and her mother's medicated ambivalence. Perri's book full of awkward characters gave life to a bespectacled princess, a kindly king with an imperfect nose, an intellectual bookworm, and a fairy with mismatched wings. Leaving home to go to college with her best friend, Perri is also leaving behind her awkward world, but in doing so, she gets drawn deeper into the world of Awkward, where things are going horribly wrong as Perfection is taking over and morphing the world.
Entertaining as it was to read a story revolving around fairy tales and off-kilter characters, it was ultimately rather cliche and trite--especially when it came to Perri's love interest and progression from disdain to affection. There's lots of unnecessarily flowery language to describe rather standard actions and things (even in the made-up world with its own rules). Combining aspects of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, the alternate world presented takes reality and mutates it to fit the narrative being told, yet it doesn't take it much farther from the tried-and-true paradigm. The characters have great potential to be something more, but the manner in which they are presented leaves them as more of a hollow place-holder, relying on stereotypes, despite one of the story's villains being named Stereotype.
The Story of Awkward is a not so beautiful tale of a fantasy come to life and all of the realizations that come with growing up. We meet Peregrine Storke, an 19 year old artist headed to New York with her best friend. Enter Foster, said best friend's older brother and unfortunately for Perri, the one person she blames for the torture she endured through school. Cramming into an SUV for the long drive from Louisiana to New York they encounter a storm, a flash flood and the horrific scene of Perri being trapped as the dark waters swirl and rise.
A bit of watermelon flavored fairy dust later and Perri is thrust into the pages of her sketchbook where she took refuge for years, with Foster along for the ride. The story is a whimsical tale of the fight against Perfection and Stereotype and the realization that maybe, just maybe, life isn't as simple or straightforward as it may seem.
I realize that this book is classified as New Adult but in my opinion it could even be read as a young adult novel. There is just enough fantasy and not enough adult situations that I would deter me from recommending the book to anyone that I know. I really enjoyed the story and can't wait to read more in this series.
And just because I went a little highlighter crazy I'll leave you with a quote from the book that describes it perfectly. "That awkward moment when you realize fairytales are much more than simple stories.”
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