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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,843 ratings  ·  517 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, 309 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: queer
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
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Not to be dramatic but I cried like 87 times reading this
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
Julie Zantopoulos
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Stories, written and drawn, were in the Aberdeen's girls' blood."

A book about a girl whose mother is an author and who loves to illustrate and draw? Precious, purely precious, and heartbreaking, and heartwarming. I loved it so so much. This is a stunning coming of age middle-grade novel centering around family, sexuality, tragedy, and acceptance.

"Layla wasn't the sister she used to be, and that's what Ivy wanted. She wanted everything to go back the way it was. Before the storm, before Layla an
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Feb 04, 2018 marked it as tbr-perhaps
Shelves: released-2018
I have now five starred two books by this author and am contractually obliged to read everything she ever writes
may ➹
hey Ashley Herring there like any possible way you could stop making all of us CRY

Some words to describe this book: Perfect. Beautiful. Poignant. Necessary. Long overdue.

I loved it! So many thanks to the author for writing it.
Laura (bbliophile)
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was on the verge of tears or actually crying the entire time while reading this book. Wow.
This book is so perfect and beautiful and soft and thoughtful—the queer middle grade that kids have deserved for a long, long time. There was *nothing* I didn't love about this triumphant love letter to self-acceptance °✧◝(▿)◜✧° ...more

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
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-tbr
5 stars.

I'll go more in depth with my thoughts later, but uh hi, sobbing in work's breakroom.
Mike Mullin
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I ordered everything Blake has written immediately after finishing it. If her other work is half as good, she'll be one of my "must read" authors forever.
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 dealt honestly and compassionately with its charact ...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.
How was Ivy supposed to know how to handle all these feelings for June, all these feelings at all, if everything she saw and read about and heard about was all boy-girl, girl-boy?

This review is actually taking me a while to write because of how personal this book felt to me, I go into it in my full review here:

One of the main parts to this book is Ivy growing up thinking that what she is feeling isn't normal because she has never seen it before. Another
This book! THIS BOOK!! Oh my gosh this book was so sweet, and touching, and beautiful, and I have so many feelings! This book made me laugh and cry and everything in between. I adored this book.

And it warms my heart to see such an unapologetically queer middle grade book. I feel like there's far less queer middle grades than there is queer YA, and we need to start seeing more middle grade books like this. And this book is just... it's so good. I cannot recommend this book enough (both for younge
Lauren Stoolfire
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hubchallenge19
That was beautiful. You need to meet Ivy Aberdeen!
Sofi (Bitácora de sofi)
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Es tan hermosa y tierna la historia que es imposible no amarlo.
Es de esos libros que te dejan con una sonrisa.
”Maybe perfect was just another word for belonging. For feeling like yourself. It didn’t mean that things weren’t hard. It just meant they were right.”

3.5 stars
Rep: sapphic MC
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Ashley Herring Blake is a goddess and I will read anything this woman ever writes, this has been a PSA. Ivy Aberdeen's Letter To The World is a heartfelt middle-grade contemporary that follows Ivy Aberdeen. After Ivy loses her drawing notebook in a tornado, pictures from the notebook start showi
Mariel Zani Begoña

Ivy Aberdeen es una chica de doce años que está lidiando con algunos problemas bastante serios. Perdió su casa durante un tornado, está intentando acostumbrarse a su nueva vida con sus dos hermanos gemelos recién nacidos y, por si esto no fuera poco, se ha distanciado de Layla, su hermana mayor, quien solía ser una gran amiga y confidente. Ivy se siente invisible e ignorada luego de la torme
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.
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
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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
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
Neville Longbottom
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtqia
Ashley Herring Blake is a spectacular writer. I’ve read two of her YA books so I was curious to try out her Middle Grade title. I just love how these days there are so many MG books that deal with sexuality, that definitely didn’t exist when I was a kid.

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World follows Ivy and her family after their home is destroyed by a tornado. The only thing she manages to save is her notebook full of drawings that show her blossoming feelings towards other girls. But her life tur
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
Catherine Campos
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro dulce y emotivo.
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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 novels, IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD ...more
“She felt raw, a painting that wasn't dry yet. One hard nudge and she'd smear all over the place.” 5 likes
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