Book Review - The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

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Yrsa’s writing is very powerful

The Terrible is about Yrsa Daley-Ward’s life growing up in England with her mother, grandparents and her younger brother. It’s about losing yourself and finding yourself. And oh, it’s about the terrible things too. 

Yrsa’s writing captivates me in a way that only certain writers can do. I really felt her words, and I wanted to keep reading and never stop. It’s the kind of book that transports you into the writer’s world, which was at times really difficult to read. You come away from this book feeling like you have been on a journey with Yrsa and got to witness the parts of her life that had the most impact on her. What a strong person she is. 

I’d never read any of Yrsa’s poetry before reading this book, which is written in different forms such a poetry and novel format. But I definitely will be reading more of her works now! Yrsa’s writing is very powerful. 

If you’re a fan of poetry and memoirs I would really recommend this book to you. It’s definitely not a book that gives you a ‘feel good’ feeling, but it’s more like you’ve shared a human experience with someone rather than being whisked off to another land. I personally loved this book, but it’s definitely is not for everyone.

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