Do not let the word fairytale put you off. The Story of Awkward will pull emotions, open scars and bring back fears you thought you had buried long ago screaming to the surface. Within the first pages I considered not reading this book. I did not want to be reminded of my sucktastic childhood, the bullying in school, or my need to strive for perfection as an adult. I was not just attacked by the feels. The feels leaped up, twisted my heart, and punched me in the gut. However, I read on. In doing so I was rewarded with a beautiful story of accepting what makes you different, embracing your awkward, and accepting it in others too. Even as an adult this book has left a lasting impression on me and made me a better person. It should be a mandatory read in school. It teaches us valuable life lessons.
If you haven’t read this book, I implore you to grab it immediately. It's free. You have nothing to lose. Thank you, RK Ryals, for sharing your Awkward World and reminding us that we all belong somewhere.
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.
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