Title: The Story of Awkward
Author: R.K. Ryals
Published Date: November 30, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
***THIS ARC BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
If you are looking for a happy book about beautiful people, this is the wrong story. If you are looking for a narrative without emotion, without regrets, and without mistakes, this is definitely the wrong story. This is by no means an uncomplicated tale about uncomplicated people. It is by no means sweet or light. This story is ugly. This story is complicated. This story is emotional. This story is tragic. In short, this story is about being awkward. Peregrine Storke is an artist with an odd sketchbook full of pictures she’s drawn since she was a child. It is a book full of strange sketches and awkward characters, for there is no better way to hide from bullying and life than to create a world of your own. With a stroke of her pencil, she has given life to a spectacled princess, a freckle-nosed king, a candy loving troll, a two-horned unicorn, and a graceless fairy. At nineteen, Peregrine leaves her home, her sketchbook, and awkwardness behind. But what happens when something goes wrong in the world of Awkward? Trapped inside of her complex realm with the bully she thought to leave behind, Peregrine discovers there is nothing worse than falling for your own villain.
This is a story for anyone who has felt awkward, has been picked on or bullied, or for anyone who just loves fairy tales. Peregrine “Perri” Storke, whose father is an alcoholic and her mother who takes a lot of pills to “escape reality” for a while, is awkward. She has always been picked on by her best friend Camilla’s older brother, Foster, her school mates, and her father who basically says she can never do anything right. Perry as a young child draws a lot so she creates her own magical world called “Awkward” that all the people are good and nice and everyone has an awkward flaw with them to make them all equals.
Perri grows up and is starting to grow out of her awkward phase as she and Camilla go off to college. Foster is going to drive them up there. A storm comes once they leave and they get in an accident and their car rolls down an embankment where it fills up with water. Camilla and Foster get out but Perri gets stuck and Foster goes to help. The car fills up with water and just when they think they won’t make it they both magically find themselves in “Awkward.” All of Perri’s creations are there except for one called Prince Dash. He was kidnapped by two villains called Perfection and Stereotype. Even though Foster is confused and doesn’t understand the world Perri created he agrees to help her and the citizens of Awkward go and rescue Prince Dash. Along the way they will have many obstacles to overcome within the world and within themselves.
I thought the story was amazing. It really delves deep into if you could change from an awkward person into what you think is perfection would you do it? Would you be happier if you were perfect or are you perfect the way you are including being awkward?
I think everyone can relate to this story in some ways and everyone should have a chance to read this. This is definitely 5 out of 5 stars.
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