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The Story of Awkward

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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 i
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Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published April 11th 2014 (first published April 10th 2014)
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Alexandria Lewis I honestly loved this book. Many people have many different opinions, but I can relate to this book on many levels; and the characters are just…moreI honestly loved this book. Many people have many different opinions, but I can relate to this book on many levels; and the characters are just loveable.(less)

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Sana
All these deep and relatable quotes made me love this book.
“This world is built on awkwardness, on the idea that there is someplace where it’s okay to be different. Where it’s okay not to be perfect,” the troll said. “This world lives in more than one imagination. It was simply your hand that finally gave it a face.”


“Even when we grow up, the child remains. It’s the child that shapes the adult. What happens to you when you are young shapes what you become later. Whether you think you belo
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Rashika (is tired)
This is STILL A FREEBIE on Amazon

Actual Rating 3.5

You know what I would have thought improbable about two weeks ago? Falling in love with a freebie novel I snagged from Amazon. It happened though. The Story of Awkward made me feel all the feels. It was an emotional roller-coaster and it was 100% worth it.

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? T
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Tikaa
Dec 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
That's one hell of a blurb right?

On christmas, after I cried my eyes out for receiving what I wanted, I decided to do what all readers do when a new e-reader is put into our hands . . . search for more books. There in the amazon store under free reads, was a book that stood out to me more than the others. The Story of Awkward's cover snatched my attention, and that intriguing synopsis is what pulled me in to one-click the book to my device.

This story is ugly.
This story is complicated.
This stor
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
This is definitely not something I usually read, but I was in the mood for something light, lovely and not perfect, and this seemed to fit the description.
The first thing you should know is that the blurb is misleading. This story is neither ugly, nor tragic. It gets a bit emotional and certainly complicated. What else would you expect from an awkward story?
The protagonists are a nineteen year old girl and a twenty two year old young man, plus a group of fairy tale characters.

Peregrine Storke di
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Angie Zelinsky
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book was free but it in all honesty was worth my time. Perri or Peregrine as you may call her escapes her home life and school life through a journal. Only when she is ready to let go she's sucked back into the land of Awkward. A true portrayal of what society has done to kids, the ones who grew up, perfection is what you perceive as the story told it's readers. The chapter title were cleverly giving a summary of the chapter while still holding a vague element to it. One of my favourites we ...more
Peggy
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
So I got this book on my Kindle because it was free - or almost free, or something like that, I don't quite remember. But I thought it looked mildly interesting and I'm a sucker for a bargain so I downloaded it. I like young adult fiction sometimes, but this didn't really seem like it was particularly up my alley. I couldn't help myself, though, once I started it. I liked it, just liked it. Not loved it, just really, really liked it. It was fun and interesting and self-deprecating by definition. ...more
Misty
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS⭐⭐ ⭐...RTC...hopefully... ...more
Lara
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel is amazing and pleeeaase just ignore the blurb.

The Story of Awkward is the story of Peregrine/Perri Storke, a girl that likes drawing and describes herself as awkward. During her childhood/youth she went through an eating disorder, was a victim of bullying and her father never had a positive word for her. Her sanctuary was Awkward. A place, she herself created, a fairy tale with awkward characters, fairies that aren't grateful but clumsy and pink clouds shaped like roses.

It is a coup
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Christy
Jan 22, 2017 marked it as on-hold
Might come back to this... not sure. For now it's a DNF. A little too fantastical for me.
Mariam
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD I LOVED IT I LOVED IT I LOVED IT.
Sam :)
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's ever felt just a little bit awkward- which, I guess, is all of us
Rating: 4.5 stars

Read as part of Booktubeathon 2017.

That awkward moment when you realize you’re more awkward than you thought you were, and it turns out you’re kind of okay with that.” ~ Peregrine Storke

Wow. This book took me completely by surprise in how much I enjoyed it! Basically, a girl and her best friend's brother *chants BFB in honor of Victoria Justice* are thrown into her childhood world of princesses, magic, and awkward. The characters might have been a bit weird, and definitely child
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Amir at NotSoLiterary
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars

Peregrine Storke grew up bullied by her peers, ignored by her mother and emotionally maltreated by her father. To cope with her loneliness, she drew her own perfect kingdom where everyone is awkward yet happy. Some kids had imaginary friends, Perri had her own imaginary world. A world with intricate characters that are loosely based on her life...or how she wants her life to be. She created a clumsy yet lovable princess with loving parents and loyal friends. Made the handsome villain in
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Char
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Movie Material! Five out of Five stars!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review of my honest opinion.

Disney….Pixar… are you seeing this??? Here is the next storyline for a movie! This book was amazing! What is real and what is fantasy?? I felt like Alice in wonderland while reading this story.

This is a story about a girl names Perri who felt awkward and out of place growing up. She did not have a very good home life and was teased in school. She decided to draw a fantasy world an
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Sofia Galvez
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Love isn’t roses. It’s those little square caramels and a root beer from the gas station because he knows that’s your favorite snack. It’s watching a musical with you without groaning. It’s handing you your glasses at night because he knows you’re too blind to find your way to the bathroom without them. Love is awkward.”

Well,I started this New Year reading, "The story of Awkward" and I couldn't have picked a better book to start the year with. It had a lot of good stuff that I like; nerdiness,
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Dex
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
1.5, really. This author tries really really hard to be profound. it ends up being overly flowery to the point where I am rolljqng my eyes constantly. The story and characters did not touch me at all. Perri's convenient eating disorder that magically left once she was skinny and pretty is entorely problematic and untruthful. Eating disorders don't just leave like that. All of her flaws were entirely only there pretty much just to say she had them. We did not actually see these flaws but rather h ...more
Alayna Anderson
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book would be a cliche book about a awkward girl in high school who didn't know how to make friends, but I came to find it being a completely different book then I ever thought. It was a tragic book with an amazing and almost life changing ending and story plot. I enjoyed this book a lot because I enjoy the sad gruesome stories and this book fulfilled it. I think all girls 13+ would enjoy this book a lot, but boys I think would probably not.
Georgette
Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
DNF at 41%

The only thing awkward about this book is the amount of times the author uses the word 'gaze'. Good lord.
Christi
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's not about being awkward.....

The Story of Awkward, The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Harry Potter, and just for fun toss in the movie Labrynth. Know what they have in common? Well developed characters, a whole new world set in a fantasy and a complex and wonderfully developed story line. Oh, and a treat to settle into the character's world, even just for a bit.

The Story of Awkward is a not so beautiful tale of a fantasy come to life and all of the realizations that
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Michelle
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I came across “The Story of Awkward” by R.K. Ryals through Amazons free ebook offers. Unfortunately, I guess I’m not like most of the fellow reviewers; I wasn't a fan of this story. I found the story didn’t hold my attention continuously, I was bored...than I was excited...than I was bored and excited again. This story reminded me of “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke and I wasn’t a fan of that story either. They both share the same concept of fictional characters brought to life and interacting with ...more
Elli
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, I really liked it.
It was very philosophic but on a light way so that the reader could think, has a little bit action and love in between and then could think again and at the end there was a true take home messages. Moreover, the character were really loveable but I have wished more information about the world and the fantastic characters. The reader learned a lot about the protagonists but I was also curious about the fairy tale world. Furthermore, it was written with a lot of humor
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Ben Mariner
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Liked the idea of this book. Habitually awkward, bullied girl finds solace in her art and then finds herself in the world she created after a brush with death. I felt like it was laid on a little thick though. I understand that she's awkward and had a rough childhood. I don't need to be reminded every other page. Despite that, it was generally fairly entertaining.
Tamsyn J
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The whole book makes me think back to a pin I used to have on my bag that said "Why be normal!" -- I loved this book. It hit a little too close to home for me, but it was worth sticking it out and finishing it. My absolute favourite thing was the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

Sequel please!!!
Lisa
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to say about this. It was completely different than I was expecting but I didn't hate it? There's a very obvious lesson about loving yourself for you and your flaws, so it would be a good read for a younger crowd in my opinion.
Rafel
I didn't have high expectations for this book but it pleasantly surprised me. I liked the characters - they were real and you know.. awkward. The story was sweet and relatable but what really made me like it is the gems at the very end: the drawings of Awkward and everyone in it.
Charlene
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, this book actually was pretty awkward ... and I was loving it! This story was such a huge surprise to me, like I didn't even know what I was getting into when I started reading it. Soooo much fun :)
Chey
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't concentrate all day, I just needed to know how it ended!! I love fairytales, but awkward fairytales? Beautiful.
Cortnie
In truth, it is evil beauty that is most devastating. For beauty isn't always good and ugliness isn't always bad. It is how we perceive ourselves that matters. True courage isn't about being brave. True beauty isn't about being beautiful. True courage is about being real. True beauty is about being happy.


Let me just say that starting this story out, I didn't expect to be tossed in a make-believe world, or to be drawn in as quickly as I was. From the first line, I was entranced; I was invested.
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Rachel
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Caitlyn
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
The main character is Peregrine, an awkward girl who dealt with verbal abuse, bullying, and an eating disorder just to name a few things. She is a relatively flat character. Sure, we get to see the events that shaped her into the girl she presently is but it wasn't enough. I didn't feel much for any of these characters if we're being completely honest. They weren't fleshed out at all.

The plot was incredibly unique, and it is for this reason that I gave it 2 stars. Peregrine had a fantasy world
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Sarah
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, it's a quick page-turner with a lot of creativity, tongue-in-cheek moments, and occasional heartbreak. The prologue feels heavy, covering Perri's life story up to the current day in just a few pages of emotionally overloading plot dump. It's vital to the story, but I can't help but feel that it could have been done better. Once you push past that, the plot and the pace take off and holds onto you until the end. I love how the author is very well aware of the clichés of the genre and twi ...more
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R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home ...more
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“Love isn’t roses. It’s those little square caramels and a root beer from the gas station because he knows that’s your favorite snack. It’s watching a musical with you without groaning. It’s handing you your glasses at night because he knows you’re too blind to find your way to the bathroom without them. Love is awkward.” 18 likes
“Remember, the way we perceive ourselves is often nothing like what we really are,” he said.” 12 likes
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