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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
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it was ok
bookshelves: own

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Reading this book felt like it took years to finish. It was not enjoyable.

I have major issues with the main character; Sam. Don't get me wrong: I dearly appreciate representation of mental illness in YA literature, but Sam's a Class A bitch. She's not remorseful for her bullying: she simply regrets her actions because she feels a bit bad and isn't liked by everybody. She only starts realising she's a horrible person when her other horrible friends start to exclude her, and the redemption we see in Sam is through her getting a crush on the boy who used to stutter.

That's it.

I want to rant for hours on what a shitty character Sam is, but honestly, it's not fun and I'd rather be reviewing books with characters I adored.

Something I was expecting from the book: Sam to be completely and totally gay for her new friend Caroline. That, right there, would have been 1000% more entertaining than her somewhat finding the boy who used to have a stutter but now plays the guitar and is totally hot, as her redeeming factor for her nastiness.


Freaking boring until the end. Which all English teachers would loath, due to it being on the same level as endings with "it was all a dream."

I pretty much skipped all the poems. Oops.

f*cking nothing. (not that reviews should call out authors, but dear god I can so easily see Stone has never been severely bullied, it reflects in her writing blatantly). This book is so apathetic to bullying, I can't stand it.


Yes, note for the future: stop reading hyped books in genres you don't particularly favour.
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Reading Progress

July 15, 2015 – Shelved
July 15, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 16, 2017 – Shelved as: own
January 7, 2018 – Started Reading
January 15, 2018 –
page 66
17.93% "“I could write about my OCD. Or the number three.”

Me: *immediately thinks of Britney Spears’ threesome song*"
January 15, 2018 –
page 106
28.8% "I don’t like reading this bc it makes me think of all the times I’ve been bullied and she’s like “ahhh it’s horrible I hate dealing with the guilt I don’t feel good” LIKE WOW POOR YOU ITS NOT LIKE YOU COULD





January 18, 2018 –
page 284
77.17% "Okay, now things are starting to get interesting!"
January 18, 2018 – Finished Reading

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