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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  754 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm--and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.

Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
A middle grade novel about a girl realizing she likes girls! My queer little heart is so happy. If I had had this book when I was 12, high school would have been SO different. I want everyone to read this damn booooook.
Ivy knew that wondering was what life was all about. Wondering was how you found yourself.

This book is an explosion of emotions.

3.5 stars. I did not expect to be reading a middle grade story. This is my fourth book from this author, and I was sure I knew her style and genre of choice by now, but this just shows that authors will try different things—sometimes it works for them, sometimes it doesn’t.

Well I sure hope Ashley Herring Blake will surprise us with more middle grade reads in the futu
destiny ☠ howling libraries
I don’t read a lot of middle grade novels, and when I do, they’re generally exclusively fantasy or historical fiction. When I think of MG contemporary novels, it’s not typically a book I’m going to reach for. That said, I have adored Ashley Herring Blake’s YA novels so tremendously (as you can see from my raving reviews of How to Make a Wish and Girl Made of Stars), that I knew I would love this little MG story, too, and was elated when she sent me an ARC.

How was Ivy supposed to know how to han
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Feb 04, 2018 marked it as tbr-perhaps
Shelves: 2018-releases
I have now five starred two books by this author and am contractually obliged to read everything she ever writes
Some words to describe this book: Perfect. Beautiful. Poignant. Necessary. Long overdue.

I loved it! So many thanks to the author for writing it.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World was a book I knew I was going to love before I even started it. I have read two others of Ashley Herring Blake’s works and loved them. Ashley has a talent of incorporating as much as feeling into her books as possible so you have no choice but to feel connected to her characters. Her books feel so short to me since I’ve read them all in one sitting, but they’re so damn good. Ivy Aberde
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dewey's #Readathon Book 3 - Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World is the perfect book for questioning girls, and I'm not ashamed to say this book made me tear up. It makes discovering your sexuality a normal yet complex concept without being too heavy-handed, and not just about the romance and happy endings, but about the confidence to be yourself. Family issues and friendships are also integrated nicely into the story in a way that feels honest. This was a lovely, wonderful book to end on for the ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful journey of a preteen that navigates her first crush, a family disaster and her relationship with her best friend. Wonderful and well-done story.
This is a beautiful, emotionally pitch perfect book about Ivy, a 12-year-old dealing with a lot: she's feeling left out of her family with two new twin babies; a tornado destroyed their house; she's realizing that she likes girls instead of boys. After the tornado, Ivy's notebook that has drawings revealing her feelings for girls goes missing. The way this book resists the urge to tie everything up in too neat a bow is lovely. The way this book delst honestly and compassionately with its charact ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Herring Blake does it again. She's crafted another perfect book about family and love and loss, all centered around a 12 year old girl who's discovering her identity. Middle Grade isn't my favorite, but Ashley is an author whose work means so much to me, so I knew I had to read it. I'm so glad I did. This story is important and gorgeous and stunning and I highly, highly recommend it.
This review was first posted on my blog, The Thoughtful Voice!

I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much, but it was an absolutely beautiful and gorgeous story.

Even though Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World is a middle grade book, I honestly think that this book is one that everyone should read, because it is such an important story that’s beautifully told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl. Please add it to your TBR if you haven’t already; it is such a beautiful read that is worthy of your
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Content warning:: natural disaster, losing one's home in a natural disaster

Why I Recommend Bumping This UP On Your TBR:
The protagonist is a 12 year old gal learning about her sexual orientation (she's attracted to other gals) immediately following a tornado having destroyed her home. This novel snuck up on me in that I didn't know that I liked it until the end when I realized I read it in one sitting without putting it down. Like every great contemporary should, it has a believable character who
Jul 13, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018-reads, to-review
Not crying while reading this book on the train was a struggle, but like I made it through alive, thank god. RTC
The Bookavid
Apr 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-releases
i don't really read MG... ever.
but you know what, maybe i'll start.
can't miss an opportunity to read a sapphic book
Ashley O
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so adorable, emotional and sweet. Ivy was so sweet and her fears etc., were so well written that I couldn't believe it. The cover makes total sense, the fact that it started so raw was unreal - never read anything like twister but darn I felt like I was there. Secondary characters were superb, the end was so cute and sweet - I literally am now obsessed with AHB
Jenn Bishop
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the author of another book that could be described as "girl loses house to tornado," what I loved in reading this was seeing how differently another person can approach the same general concept. I absolutely LOVED the direction Ashley Herring Blake takes her book -- Ivy's journey of self-discovery felt so true to that age and the details of the tornado itself was so vivid and fully realized. I loved the mystery of who was leaving Ivy the notes in her locker. Basically, I could not put down th ...more
evelyn hugo’s #1 fan
there's not a lot i can say about this book without it being ridiculously personal, but it's the book i needed when i was thirteen and developing into the idea that i liked girls and not boys. it's the book of my heart. ivy aberdeen is such a relatable narrator because our journeys to discovering our sexuality were so goddamn similar, and i cried reading each and every word seeing so much of myself in a fictional character. @ ashley herring blake where are my emotions and what have you done. als ...more
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Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f
i knew i would like this book the moment i first saw it. how to make a wish is my all time favorite book. i adore ashely's writing style. still, i did not expect this little book to have this impact on me.

i have been ugly crying for half an hour and i would hug this book if i could. i adored it to pieces and it means the world to me now.

my feelings are all over the place but there's a warm thing in my chest, solid and persistent, bigger than everything else, and it makes me so soft and accepted
Ashley Elliott
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a middle grade book this was! It made my heart happy and I cried but it was good tears at the end. Ivy is 12 when her family home is destroyed by a tornado. Her family was already in a bit of a mess with new twin brothers and learning how she fits in with her older sister. Also she’s got some questions of her own she doesn’t know how to talk about when her drawing journal goes missing. I loved Ivy, honestly I loved the whole book!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
Este libro me ha parecido precioso, se me hizo corta la lectura. Me ha gustado la manera en como comienza la autora y vamos viendo como afecta todo a la vida de Ivy. Además tiene un secreto que tiene muchas ganas de contar al mundo.
Reseña en el blog: https://librosadorables.blogspot.com/...
Laura Noakes
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
beautifully poignant.
Aliza Werner
This is a must own, must share book with middle grade readers. With an authentic voice in main character Ivy Aberdeen, we learn alongside her how young people grapple with and celebrate their identity. When twelve year old Ivy realizes that she has a crush...on a girl...the emotions of first lust mingle with feelings of uncertainty. A perfect exploration of one LGBTQ experience without ever being didactic. It delves into sexual identity without sexual content, making it a solid entry point into ...more
Flor Méndez
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hermoso por donde lo mires. Un middle grade LGBTQ+ sobre el audescubrimiento y la autoaceptación, además de que es F/F, lo cual no se ve mucho ni siquiera en el YA. Que podamos expresar quiénes somos a través del arte le da un plus.
De lo mejor que leí en el año.
Apr 07, 2017 marked it as 2018-releases
This might just be me. But does this vaguly sound like a gender bent Alexander Hamilton. She's writing her way out.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book because it was so inspiring. I loved how cute the friendship. I loved how Ivy refused to cry when her house was destroyed by the tornado. Also how beautiful is this cover! I loved how the sister Layla cared for her so much. I felt bad how Ivy felt left out in the family because of her new twin brothers. How she couldn't speak to anyone about being gay was heartbreaking. I felt so bad but how she talked to Robin about it made me grin. Honestly some of the scenes made me s ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Mini Review

I’m still kind of in awe of the fact that this book exists. 3 1/2 stars

It’s a lovely middle grade about coming to terms with your sexuality, a book that kids desperately need. I have never read a middle grade with an explicitly LGBT character, much less one entirely dedicated to the main character discovering their sexuality and coming out.

This is such a wonderfully wholesome, sweet story. It does everything I love in a middle grade: strong focus on family and friendship, important
Staci (stacisbookishprobs)
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Queer middle grade stories are probably my favorite thing ever.

As usual these kind of books always hit home with me. These are the books I wish I had when I was younger but I’m glad they’re happening now so young kids today can read them and know they’re not alone and there’s nothing wrong with who they are. These stories are so important

My only real issue I had with this book was there was all this build up for the very end but nothing really happened at the end. Now that doesn’t mean I didn’t
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ivy Aberdeen is twelve (with a birthday in the near future) and trying to figure out her place in the world. Her family loses their home to a tornado, but before this event, Ivy is trying to adjust to her mom being overwhelmed with her baby twin brothers. In addition, Ivy's older sister, Layla, is helping her mother out and growing distant from Ivy.

Add to all of this Ivy's new understanding that she likes girls. I found Ivy's expression with art and color so beautiful and unique. The depiction o
me crying over a middle grade book on a sunday night? More Likely Than You Think
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Ashley Herring Blake is a reader, writer, and mom to two boisterous boys. She holds a Master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and watching Buffy over and over again on Netflix with her friends. She's the author of the young adult novels SUFFER LOVE, HOW TO MAKE A WISH, and GIRL MADE OF STARS, as well as the middle grade novel, IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD.
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