“It is how we perceive ourselves that matters. True courage isn’t about being brave. True beauty isn’t about being beautiful. True courage is about being real. True beauty is about being happy.”
I first saw The Story Of Awkward as a Amazon Kindle deal and I was immediately intrigued by the title and blurb. I love anything awkward (normal is boring!), so this sounded like a really interesting read. The story turned out to be a bit different than I expected, but I still really enjoyed reading this novel by R.K. Ryals. It’s such a quick and entertaining read! Peregrine sure is an interesting and perfectly awkward character, and I love the fact that she designed a whole different fairy tale world for herself where she is accepted. The fact that I did the same thing when I was younger probably helped me relate to this character as well… I liked the prose and have many quotes highlighted on my kindle. It really shows that R.J. Ryals was trying to include a life lesson that it’s ok to be awkward. And I can totally agree with that! The Story Of Awkward is an entertaining read and recommended to those who enjoy a good fairy tale story.
Peregrine Storke is considered to be awkward by the other kids at school, and they bully her for it. In order to escape them, she has created her own fairy tale world over the years. In the world of Awkward, it is ok to be awkward and nobody is perfect. With the help of her awkward characters she is able to survive high school and forget temporarily about the bullies… But when she leaves her home at nineteen, she decides to leave her sketchbook and characters behind so she can have a fresh start.
Unfortunately, the characters of Awkward have a different plan. As Peregrine travels to New York with her best friend and brother, she ends up having a car accident. When she wakes up, she is in for a huge surprise… Somehow Peregrine is now trapped inside the world of Awkward, and her characters need her help to save their world. Something has gone wrong and Perfection is trying to destroy the world Peregrine has created… And together with the brother of her best friend and some of her favorite characters she is going to try and save her creation.
Some parts of the story were a bit cliche, but I still enjoyed the characters and I like the fact that this story is trying to show that being different is not a bad thing. The Story Of Awkward is a quick and quirky read that will bring a smile to your face if you have ever experienced the feeling of not fitting in as a teenager. It might not be the perfect read, but it’s awkward. In a good way.