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Book Review: Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Book Details:

  • Published Date: May 4, 2021
  • Author: Joya Goffney
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Coming of Age
  • Format: Kindle
  • Narrator: Jordan Cobb
  • Length: 362 pages/9h 39m
Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud” and all the boys she’d like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing . . .
Then an anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn’t know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett—the last known person to have her journal—in a race against time to track down the blackmailer.
Together, they journey through everything Quinn’s been too afraid to face, and along the way, Quinn finds the courage to be honest, to live in the moment, and to fall in love.

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I really loved this book. Quinn has a journal where she keeps a list of literally everything. A lot of the things that she is afraid to admit out loud, she puts it on her lists in her journal. One day, her journal gets mixed up with Carter Bennett, one of her partners for their school project. She plans to retrieve it from him the next day at school, but he ends up losing her journal and now her journal is in the hands of someone who is trying to threaten her to reveal all her secrets.

Quinn and Carter team up to find out who stole her journal. Not only does Quinn make friends along this journey, she even sparks a romance.

I will say, I was able to guess who stole her journal pretty quickly, it was just nice to see how the entire story unfolded. The romance was also pretty predictable as well. Ultimately, I thought this book would be about a romance, but it was about so much more. This book was about race, friendships, learning to love yourself, bullying, etc. It was hard for me to put this book down.

My Rating:

4 star

Have you read Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry? What were your thoughts?!


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