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- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publication Date: April 10, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JMCLCXQ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,281 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This is a book many people will be able to relate to. Are you awkward? Do you sometimes have trouble embracing yourself? Is it hard to sometimes remember that you are perfect the way you are? Then you’ve come to the right place.
The Story of Awkward tells the story of a girl named Peregrine. She created the world of Awkward as a way to escape all the badness in her real life. From bullying to her emotionally abusive father to her in-different mother. The thing is, in spite of all these issues, the book doesn’t start off in a bad place. It starts off with Peregrine ready to go to college and excited for a fresh start.
But, a near death accident transports her, and her tormentor (who also happens to be her best friend’s brother) to the world she imagined as a kid. To Awkward. And Awkward is in trouble. It will be up to Peregrine and Foster (her tormentor) to save it.
Awkward was an awkward world. There will be some things about it that don’t make sense but I decided to go with the flow and ignore those tid bits because it is still a wonderfully imagined world and SO CREATIVE!
This book takes us on an adventure to save a prince who has been lured in by perfection but it also takes us on a journey of self-acceptance. The book also features a super cute romance between Foster and Peregrine.
I know what you might be thinking, “BUT HE TORMENTED HER”, and I felt that too but Ryals does such a fantastic job with the romance and makes the two SO EASY TO SHIP. Their romance is wonderfully developed and doesn’t turn into instalove when it easily could have. I loved watching them support one another and help each other feel accepted.
That said, my main issue with the book was that the MC had to lose weight to let go of her body image issues.
This is a fantastic book written in a unique voice and it so loveable. It features a strong yet awkward female lead, a cute romance, an interesting world and also a great message.
Part of The Embrace Yourself series
Started: Dec 1
Finished: Dec 2
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Published: August 4, 2014
Synopsis: If you are looking for a happy book about beautiful people, this is the wrong story. If you are looking for a narrative without emotion, without regrets, and without mistakes, this is definitely the wrong story. This is by no means an uncomplicated tale about uncomplicated people. It is by no means sweet or light. This story is ugly. This story is complicated. This story is emotional. This story is tragic. In short, this story is about being awkward. Peregrine Storke is an artist with an odd sketchbook full of pictures she’s drawn since she was a child. It is a book full of strange sketches and awkward characters, for there is no better way to hide from bullying and life than to create a world of your own. With a stroke of her pencil, she has given life to a spectacled princess, a freckle-nosed king, a candy loving troll, a two-horned unicorn, and a graceless fairy. At nineteen, Peregrine leaves her home, her sketchbook, and awkwardness behind. But what happens when something goes wrong in the world of Awkward? Trapped inside of her complex realm with the bully she thought to leave behind, Peregrine discovers there is nothing worse than falling for your own villain.
My Thoughts: What a beautiful, fun book to read. I truly mean that. As some of you know, I was falling into another book slump, sadly, my depression taking over for a few days. This book was something I really needed, its messages really hitting me in the heart. Each chapter holds a “that awkward moment when...” statement that I can definitely relate with, as well as everyone else. This is a story for people like me who struggle with accepting certain parts of themselves; someone who strives to be perfect in order to make others happy or feel like they “fit in”. Honestly, I definitely recommend this book to everyone! While there is a bit of cussing and a little bit of sexual innuendo, though not much, I feel like this story could be read to younger kids, building up their confidence at a younger age.
Perri had created this world where everyone was accepted, no matter their flaws or awkwardness. Everyone was different and perfect in their own little way-“No one was ever lost.” Each character drawn into Perri’s world represented a person in her life she wished were different, someone she wished would love her for her and not pick on her for her differences. But Perri also had a piece of every single character in her. Clumsiness like Nimble, someone who represented her therapist. Herman, the extremely smart worm with big eyes and big glasses, another one who represented her therapist but also represented how she loved knowledge. Elspeth (I loved this name!) was the confident, beautiful princess that Perri wanted to be. King Happenstance was the father she wished she really had instead of the abusive one. Queen Norma, the woman she wished her mother was. Foster, her best friend Camilla’s brother, was the one who started the bullying that happened to her in the seventh grade. He was drawn as a bullygog, this large, ugly creature who made awful rhymes.
Foster and Perri were caught in a flash flood, only Camilla escaping from the vehicle. Instead of dying, they both woke up inside Awkward where they were asked to help save the land before it was destroyed and all the creatures along with it. I love how R.K. managed to create something amazing that could touch everyone’s’ heart. Every character was flawed in such a way that I couldn’t help but smile. A lot of us could find ourselves within them, or imagine what we would be in a world like that. The fact that the world was being threatened by ‘Stereotype’ and ‘Perfection’ was just down right amazing.
What I really loved in this book, apart from the characters, was that we got to go on the quest with them, finding ourselves along the way just as they do. The quest, while it started off with the goal of saving the prince and awkward, it turned into a quest of acceptance with who you are. Perfection might slap you in the face, it might whisper sweet tempting words into your ear, telling you everything you need to change, don’t give into it. Accept yourself for who you are because you are perfect in your own way and society will eventually see that. I found myself laughing at times, wanting to cry at others. R.K. did an amazing job. Makes me wonder what would I be in this world, who would I be?
The Story of Awkward just warms my heart. There are so many lessons to learn here. This book rightfully deserves a 4/5. I would give it a full 5 stars if it was a little less childish. For a while, I thought I was reading a middle grade book, but every once in a while she would sprinkle in cuss words or talk about sex that really felt uncomfortable and out of place. That was the only problem that I had with this book. Please, if you see this book in the store or on a website like Book Depository, Book Outlet, or Amazon, pick up this book. It really is worth it. Even if you don’t like the initial story, the theme behind it is something worth reading on its own. Besides, who doesn’t like a sense of adventure, comedy, and romance all in one quest?
Let me tell you, I am so glad I read this. It's a perfect (ha) example of embracing YOU. The lessons are just amazing. The journey that it takes all of us to accept ourselves is never easy, but when you get there, there is truly nothing that can even compare to that personal acceptance.
I recommend this for any young person, struggling to overcome their awkwardness. It's a beautiful lesson to embrace that awkwardness and not bury it with perfection.
Our awkwardness makes us unique :)
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make yourself someone you aren't. That is why I like this book!!!