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Furious Thing

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,164 ratings  ·  251 reviews
The story of a girl who burns with anger for reasons she can't understand, and the power and risk that comes with making noise.

Bad things happen when you're around, Lex...

That's what her stepfather tells her. That's what she believes about herself.

But how can she convince herself and everyone around her that her anger doesn't make her a monster? If only she could stop
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by David Fickling Books (first published October 3rd 2019)
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Emily May
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

‘I’ll change,’ the girl said. ‘I’ll be good from now on, I promise.’
She wanted it to be true.
She wanted her family to love her.
But fury sat in her belly like a vicious snake. And some promises are hard to keep.

This book hurt me so much. I feel wrecked after reading it, honestly. I want to say it was hard to put down, which it was, but then you might wonder why it took me a whole week to read it… Well, even though it was hard to put down, it was also incredibly tough to keep reading. I rea
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Lex used to have a fairytale life with her mother, and the two of them shared the close bond of people trying to hunker down against the rest of the world. Then Lex's mom met John, the man who seemed like he was the answer to all of their problems: the prince who sweeps the princess off to happily-ever-after. But John isn't as nice as he appears; and Lex, once the apple of her mother's eye, is losing herself to a furious and sweeping ang
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ya
I am going to sit here and wait for the reviews of Furious Thing to come out in a few months, in which people will be complaining about this novel's "unlikable" main character. Is Lexi unlikable? Does she need to be "nice" to appreciate this story? You tell me.

Lexi is a furious thing. She throws chairs out of the windows, she is defiant and relentlessly combative with her almost step-dad, she seems to blow up in anger at every turn. There is an added creep factor of her being wildly attracted to
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Furious Thing is incredibly fucked up, and one of the most compelling stories of gaslighting I've come across in recent times.

"Did he hit you?" "Did she touch you in places she's not supposed to?" It's sad that some people still believe that the only kind of abuse is physical.

And Lex, oh Lex. I loved her so much.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Furious Thing centers around fifteen-year-old Lexi and her daily life with her mother, younger half sister, and soon-to-be stepfather, John. Her biological father is a no-show, and John is the "father figure" in her life, though he seems to wish he was getting a different stepdaughter than he is. However, John isn't a new character in her life - he's been dating her mother on and off since she was fairly young and has seen her mother's relationship with John through the years. She's seen how it ...more
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
I really enjoyed this book despite the unhappy story it told. Lex is angry about many things in her life and doesn’t seem to want or be able to conform to the behavior expected of a young girl - always be polite, be nice, tamp down your anger. While everyone tells her she shouldn’t be angry, they all placate the anger of her manipulative, emotionally-abusive stepfather. A great look at how society views anger in women vs men’s anger.
Stacey (prettybooks)
Note: I read this for the YA Book Prize 2020 (I'm one of the judges, hooray!). ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Annabelle Heath
Jenny Downham is up there in my top authors list. Every book she writes has the power to break your heart into tiny pieces and put it back together again, a bit battered, but altogether better for having had the experience.

Her latest book, Furious Thing, is no different. In typical Downham style, Furious Thing addresses a difficult topic with nuance and sensitivity - this time turning her prodigious skill to the subject of domestic violence. But not the sort of domestic violence with punches and
A copy of this book was given by in exchange for review. All opinions stated are my own. "I Don't Want to be a monster"
Alexandra, or Lexi for short, is angry. She isn't sure why, but she just cannot control the surge of rage that comes out of nowhere. She is sorry. She is remorseful. She isn't sure why she can't just be patient and obedient like her saintly mother, and her angelic little sister. She feels like a monster, just as her stepfather-to-be likes to reminds her - "Bad things happen
This was an okay read that largely kept my interest.

I really, really, really didn't like any of the characters - including our main character - but I wanted to see how things would end. I wanted some...righteous retribution? But all the fury ended with a whimper.

Interesting, but didn't really live up to its promise for me.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Trigger warnings: child abuse, bullying, gaslighting and domestic abuse.

This book took me massively by surprise. I did not expect to be so gripped or emotionally invested but that goes to show the talent with which this book was written.

The book is about Lexi, our main female character who struggles with anger issues and can't work out why. It is jeopardising her school and her personal life when she never really means to make things bad for herself.
I loved Lexi. She was brilliant, a fi
Katie Adams
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mari Johnston
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: gaslighting, abuse, bullying, underage drinking, drug use, hospitals

Furious Thing packs an emotional punch that will have your heart hurting.

This was one of the best depictions of emotional abuse I’ve ever seen. I’ve been through a version of this and the author got it right. A lot of people forget that abuse isn’t only physical and this story will be a great reminder that there are many different kinds.
This was pretty good. Actual rating is probably more of a 3.5

I really liked Lex, the main character, because I too struggle with my temper, though not to the same level as she does. In addition, her temper is...far more multi-layered than mine, so there is that. She isn't always an easy main character to like, but that didn't stop me from liking her.

The stepfather, John, made me want to punch someone or something. Mostly him. Because like...ughhh. He was a complete asshole and I very much liked
4.5 stars.

“Once, there was a girl who grew up wicked. She threw things and slammed things and swore. She was clumsy and rude and had no friends. Her teachers thought her half-witted. Her family despaired. “Why can’t you be well-behaved and calm like other girls?” they cried. “Why are you so freaking difficult day after day?” The girl didn’t know the answer.”

Furious Thing was an incredible book. Jenny Downham does a fantastic job at depicting emotional abuse and everything that comes along with i
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-ya
So at first I wasn't sure if I would like this. Lexi kind of annoyed me. She did things and I just didn't get it, but as the story went on I could see how much I related to her. This book really took me back to high school and all the shit I felt back then. Just so many of the things from Lexi's situation related to me. It was wild. My anger wasn't as extreme as hers, but I did things I shouldn't have for nearly similar reasons. I wish the ending was just a tad bit more satisfying, but looking a ...more
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read a book. I was debating about whether to give this a 4 or a 5, but seeing as though it got me interested in reading again I decided to go with a 5.

Furious Thing was heartbreaking. I can see why others might give this book a low rating, mainly because Lexi isn’t the most likeable character. But she’s a very real character. She’s the type of kid who I (a goody two shoes) would have been annoyed by in school, and probably wouldn’t have been liked by many at al
Emily Nicholas | Emily The Book Nerd

This is the second book that I have read by Jenny Downham. The concept of a young girl constantly angry with the world around her really intrigued me. Any teenage angst story is always on my radar. I love books that showcase young but determined female characters. Lex is always up for a challenge and will fight for what she wants even if it backfires.

I really wanted to love this story but it kind of fell flat for me at times. However
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Unpopular opinion: Books tagged as both YA and Contemporary sound like they are written by the same few authors.

So, obviously I'm exaggerating a little bit here, but you get my point. I'm not sure why I decided to start off my review with such a bold statement... maybe I'm subtly hinting at a conspiracy theory where most YA/ Contemporary books are written by a small group of very efficient ghostwriters. Or, more likely, I've hit that time in my teenaged life where I start acting like I know mor
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I was an object. A thing to be fought over. And they could argue about me over the top of my head."

Five heartbroken stars.
First book I really loved this year. Actually, I loved it so much I stayed up until I was finished reading.
I was furious and deeply sad whole time while I read it and the feeling stayed with me long after.
It`s an amazing and awful window to everything that hides behind anger, fury and rage. And how sometimes it`s an only way out.

"There you go again. It`s like you give me st
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook. Being 15 years old is tough enough without being bullied by someone who should lift you up. Sometimes the only way you can think to deal with those things that affect you the deepest are absolutely crazy and delusional. This resonated with me. I have been a furious thing.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: darkroom-tours
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‘Furious thing’ drew me in right from the start.
It is the story of a girl who is emotionally abused. I could totally relate to her physical reaction to the emotional abuse she face.
It is a heartbreaking and honest story
my bookworm life
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very kindly sent a copy of this book from the publishers as i took part in the Bookstagram review tour over on Instagram.

Years ago i read and loved 'Before i die' by this author, i fell in love with that book instantly from the first page, and just adored Jennys writing!, so all those years later it was really lovely to re visit that writing and excellent story telling.

As with the previous book, the writing again is just brilliant! so easy to get stuck into and it flows what feels like e
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
This really taught me about the twisted, insidious nature of gaslighting and emotional abuse, something which I didn’t know a lot about going into the book. Downham has created a brilliant, eye-opening story that you will be hooked by.

Downham creates the toxic, claustrophobic and enabling atmosphere that allows this terrible abuse to occur and it’s so unnervingly mundane. As usual, she tackles this tricky subject with nuance and sensitivity, allowing grey areas to exist where there are no easy a
Jodie (jodie.loves.books)
I have to start this review off by saying just how much I enjoyed reading this book! I haven’t felt so immersed in a story for a long time and I genuinely lost myself within its pages.

In Furious Thing, we follow Lex, a 15 year old living with her Mum, Half-Sister and Stepdad. She has been accused of having an awful temper and behaviour problems by her Stepdad, John, who she really does not get on with. We experience Lex’s friendships and relationships and follow her bravery and fierceness to do
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Furious Thing takes a topic that has been explored in a myriad of ways, but approaches it with a cautious and refreshing attitude. This is domestic abuse, explored from the eyes of a teenager, with no physical violence, just a slow burning realisation that a man is controlling every aspect of family life.

Lex is understandably angry. Her stepfather is a tyrant in their household, and has decided that she is the root of every problem they have ever had. Her school is unsupportive, she doesn't know
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Edelweiss, and David Finkling Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

I won’t lie: the title of “Furious Thing” intrigued me almost as much as the cover. This was really because I don’t know how many times in my life I have been furious about things happ
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Lex is angry almost all the time. Her anger burns through her for reasons she can’t explain even to herself. Her mother’s fiance, John, is convinced that there is something wrong with her and that she should be medicated. Her mother is distant but loving, unwilling to stand up to John about anything much at all. He tells Lex that bad things happen when she is around and that seems to be true. Her little sister fell out of a tree and hurt her head because she was climbing with Lex as their parent ...more
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Jenny Downham (born 1964) is a British novelist and an ex-actor. In her first book, Before I Die, the fictional account of the last few months of a sixteen-year-old girl who has been dying of leukemia for 4 years. The book is told in the first person. The book was acclaimed and was short-listed for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 ...more

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