REVIEW: The Story of Awkward

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The Story of AwkwardTitle: The Story of Awkward

Author: R.K. Ryals

Series: none

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 265

Dates Read: April 4 – 12, 2021

Edition Read: Kindle eBook

Blurb: 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 was a cute little book.

I think everyone has had a time in their life when they felt like Perri. You don’t feel like you fit in. You feel weird and out of place. You feel, well, awkward. Perri’s way of dealing with it for her entire life was to draw a world filled with characters who were just as awkward as she was, creating this little world where she feels accepted and loved for who she is. On her way to college, she ends up getting magically sucked into this world after a car wreck, accidentally bringing along her friend’s brother, who had always bullied her and made her feel even more awkward.

This review is an exercise in trying to type the word “awkward” way too many times.

The world of Awkward is being attacked, not by the forces of Evil, but the forces of Perfection. The fairy tale prince is being seduced away from the Awkward princess by another contender for the throne. Most of the book is Perri and Foster’s journey through Awkward to rescue the prince and in the process learn how to mend their differences and accept themselves for who they are.

In some ways, this book was a bit cheesy and obvious. Definitely not a super deep read but a quick and cute story. For a freebie on Amazon, it was pretty good.

GoodReads rating: 3 stars

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