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Furious Thing

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  38 reviews
From the critically acclaimed author of Before I Die comes a remarkably affecting story of a girl who burns with anger for reasons she can't understand, and the power and risk that comes with making noise. Fans of E. Lockhart, Jennifer Niven, and Gayle Foreman will find their own fury in this exceptional novel for our times.

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

Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Expected publication: 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
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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
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2019
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
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
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
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: darkroom-tours
Review coming soon...
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
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
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
3.5 stars.

This one’s really good. Very raw, intense, disturbing and outright.

The main protagonist, Alexandra, is one of the few characters that readers can relate to on a deep, genuine level. This is because she’s plausibly imperfect and profoundly human. And no, I’m not talking about those cutely clumsy, angsty, messed up characters that often appear in ya books and are said to represent “real-life” misfits. No, Lex is the right thing. I did resonate with her at many places, we have plenty of
Tamara de Vries
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love, cult1
I love this book so incredibly much! Spontaneously bought it on a trip, and I do not regret it at all.
As a girl who struggles with anger issues herself, I can relate to Lex very well, which makes reading this book even better.

Jenny's writing style is very direct, refreshing and just nice to read. 10/10 would recommend.
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Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book really took on gaslighting and made you FEEL it. I was as furious as Lex was, and yet, when I looked at the facts, nothing legally could stop John from being who he was. It's infuriating. That hot-cold behavior, changing from charmer to demon... It's enough to make anyone feel insane, like they're making it all up. However, we watched Lex's story and KNEW she wasn't making anything up, which is why it was all the more aggravating.

Listen, you're gonna find Lex annoying. She IS
Victoria Robinson
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Faye and Jess at Dark room tours providing me with a copy of this to review.

When I first saw the email about this bookstagram tour I was initially drawn in by the colours on the cover, but then I read the synopsis and I knew I just had to read it.

“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
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Lex is angry, she doesn't get on with her step father and her relationship with her step brother is beyond complicated with everyone telling her that she's the problem she's beginning to wonder, are they right?

The premise of this book really intregued me. I mean, teenagers having troubles at home, struggling to come to grips with their emotions and figure out the world.. Super relatable. And I did enjoy this book, it was a quick read and it plucked at the ol' heartstrings. However I found the
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this impressive YA novel, 15-year-old Lexi is furious. She behaves badly – destroying and throwing things, talking back to her teachers, disappearing and lying her mother. But what is the cause of all this anger? For many years she’s lived with her mother and her almost stepfather John, and with her beloved little half-sister Iris, who is six – and now her mother and John are about to be married. And she’s long been in love with John’s son Kass, and is missing him terribly now he’s gone to ...more
Barbara Band
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA
This is one of those books where you get a feeling of apprehension from the first page, a sense that something is not quite right but you're unsure of why. And this feeling grips you throughout the book.

Lexi is angry and in trouble at school. She lives with her mum and (soon-to-be) stepfather, his older son and their younger sister. She tries to make her family proud of her but it seems that everything she does is wrong, every disaster is always her fault, and all she really wants is for life to
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dark, family, female, abuse
I wasn't captivated by the writing, but the character development is what carries the book. As a girl who is continually emotionally manipulated, her outbursts gain the constant attention and consternation of her mother and upcoming stepdad. The newly formed household that includes a shared child (the product of the affair between her mother "the other woman" and her new stepdad), plus an additional brother that is the stepdad's son.

There are so many dynamics at play as well as emotionally
Rachel Patrick
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to give this book to my 14 year old daughter to read to show her it's ok to be angry and to never let anyone tell her how to feel.
This book addresses the effect of emotional abuse and it is so well done. It shows the manipulation and control one person can have over a family and what can happen when someone gets angry about it. Reading about Lexi and her stepfather is heartbreaking but also is reading about her mother and hearing her stick up for him and Lexi reminiscing what her
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
This is another proof I picked up from YALC and I so wanted to love it. Sadly I didnt. I dont know why exactly, the writing was amazing, the plot was gripping, and the characters were relatable. But I read the whole thing in one sitting and I struggled to get through it. I would definitely recommend it but personally I didn't have a connection to the book that made me fall in love with it. That been said it could be because of the dark themes of the books, but who knows. Worth the read for ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya
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Jenna Nelson
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book gave me all the feels from I seen the cover. It was a magical story that also hit home about what goes on in this world. A teenage girl, dealing with everyday life and also having to put up with a controlling step father. Not only is she being controlled but her mum too. This story touches on what happens in a life like this. It's eye opening and I couldn't put the book down. Absolutely loved how beautifully and well written it was
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a problem of how mental illness was portrayed, women can be both mentally ill following trauma and not 'hysterical'. there's a middle ground though I understand what the author was trying to do with the history of women getting locked up for their so-called 'hysteria'. I expected that view would change, that someone would make the protagonist see that being mentally ill isn't an insult but it never came. I really loved the message and the characters though so 4 stars.
Meg Drury
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If you're not angry you become afraid - afraid to stand up against things that are wrong, afraid to speak out, afraid to act. A healthy girl should be furious, because it's an unfair world."

Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read, gifted
This book was so awesome! Fierce, feminist and furious. review to come.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional, devastating and necessary - I can't wait to recommend this one to everyone.
Gabriela Pop
DNF @ 100ish pages - not bad, just not quite pulling me in and the whole 'crushing on the stepbrother' thing made me awfully uncomfortable
Kirsty Stanley
4.25 stars
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5

Full review to come
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was uncomfortable to read but I thought about this book a lot afterwards.
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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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