Title: The Story of Awkward
Series: Embrace Yourself, #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Date published: April 10, 2014
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.
I decided to read this based on the title. I didn't check to see if anybody liked it, I didn't look for a synopsis, I did absolutely none of the things a person might do to find out what kind of story they've picked up. I had no idea I was going to read an adorable and dramatic fairy tale.
I have no regrets. It was scary and dark and suspenseful and adorable and innocent and awkward all at the same time. And I totally dug it.