Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm--and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks--and hopes--that this someon...

Details Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

TitleIvy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Lgbt, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

  • Lola
    Ivy knew that wondering was what life was all about. Wondering was how you found yourself. This book is an explosion of emotions.3.5 stars. I did not expect to be reading a middle grade story. This is my fourth book from this author, and I was sure I knew her style and genre of choice by now, but this just shows that authors will try different things—sometimes it works for them, sometimes it doesn’t.Well I sure hope Ashley Herring Blake will...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    I don’t read a lot of middle grade novels, and when I do, they’re generally exclusively fantasy or historical fiction. When I think of MG contemporary novels, it’s not typically a book I’m going to reach for. That said, I have adored Ashley Herring Blake’s YA novels so tremendously (as you can see from my raving reviews of How to Make a Wish and Girl Made of Stars), that I knew I would love this little MG story, too, and was elated when...
  • lov2laf
    Some words to describe this book: Perfect. Beautiful. Poignant. Necessary. Long overdue.I loved it! So many thanks to the author for writing it.
  • ambsreads
    READ MY REVIEW FOR IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD, AND OTHERS, ON MY BLOGIvy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World was a book I knew I was going to love before I even started it. I have read two others of Ashley Herring Blake’s works and loved them. Ashley has a talent of incorporating as much as feeling into her books as possible so you have no choice but to feel connected to her characters. Her books feel so short to me since I’ve read them ...
  • Rena
    Dewey's #Readathon Book 3 - Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World is the perfect book for questioning girls, and I'm not ashamed to say this book made me tear up. It makes discovering your sexuality a normal yet complex concept without being too heavy-handed, and not just about the romance and happy endings, but about the confidence to be yourself. Family issues and friendships are also integrated nicely into the story in a way that feels honest. Th...
  • Cristina
    Beautiful journey of a preteen that navigates her first crush, a family disaster and her relationship with her best friend. Wonderful and well-done story.
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    This is a beautiful, emotionally pitch perfect book about Ivy, a 12-year-old dealing with a lot: she's feeling left out of her family with two new twin babies; a tornado destroyed their house; she's realizing that she likes girls instead of boys. After the tornado, Ivy's notebook that has drawings revealing her feelings for girls goes missing. The way this book resists the urge to tie everything up in too neat a bow is lovely. The way this book d...
  • Kate
    My heart 😩
  • Ava
    Ashley Herring Blake does it again. She's crafted another perfect book about family and love and loss, all centered around a 12 year old girl who's discovering her identity. Middle Grade isn't my favorite, but Ashley is an author whose work means so much to me, so I knew I had to read it. I'm so glad I did. This story is important and gorgeous and stunning and I highly, highly recommend it.
  • dezzy
    This review was first posted on my blog, The Thoughtful Voice!I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much, but it was an absolutely beautiful and gorgeous story.Even though Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World is a middle grade book, I honestly think that this book is one that everyone should read, because it is such an important story that’s beautifully told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl. Please add it to your TBR if you haven’t alre...
  • Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
    Content warning:: natural disaster, losing one's home in a natural disasterWhy I Recommend Bumping This UP On Your TBR:The protagonist is a 12 year old gal learning about her sexual orientation (she's attracted to other gals) immediately following a tornado having destroyed her home. This novel snuck up on me in that I didn't know that I liked it until the end when I realized I read it in one sitting without putting it down. Like every great cont...
  • Jenn Bishop
    As the author of another book that could be described as "girl loses house to tornado," what I loved in reading this was seeing how differently another person can approach the same general concept. I absolutely LOVED the direction Ashley Herring Blake takes her book -- Ivy's journey of self-discovery felt so true to that age and the details of the tornado itself was so vivid and fully realized. I loved the mystery of who was leaving Ivy the notes...
  • evelyn hugo’s #1 fan
    there's not a lot i can say about this book without it being ridiculously personal, but it's the book i needed when i was thirteen and developing into the idea that i liked girls and not boys. it's the book of my heart. ivy aberdeen is such a relatable narrator because our journeys to discovering our sexuality were so goddamn similar, and i cried reading each and every word seeing so much of myself in a fictional character. @ ashley herring blake...
  • •°• gabs •°•
    i knew i would like this book the moment i first saw it. how to make a wish is my all time favorite book. i adore ashely's writing style. still, i did not expect this little book to have this impact on me. i have been ugly crying for half an hour and i would hug this book if i could. i adored it to pieces and it means the world to me now.my feelings are all over the place but there's a warm thing in my chest, solid and persistent, bigger than eve...
  • Ashley Elliott
    Oh what a middle grade book this was! It made my heart happy and I cried but it was good tears at the end. Ivy is 12 when her family home is destroyed by a tornado. Her family was already in a bit of a mess with new twin brothers and learning how she fits in with her older sister. Also she’s got some questions of her own she doesn’t know how to talk about when her drawing journal goes missing. I loved Ivy, honestly I loved the whole book!
  • Laura Noakes
    beautifully poignant.
  • Aliza Werner
    This is a must own, must share book with middle grade readers. With an authentic voice in main character Ivy Aberdeen, we learn alongside her how young people grapple with and celebrate their identity. When twelve year old Ivy realizes that she has a crush...on a girl...the emotions of first lust mingle with feelings of uncertainty. A perfect exploration of one LGBTQ experience without ever being didactic. It delves into sexual identity without s...
  • Flor Méndez
    Hermoso por donde lo mires. Un middle grade LGBTQ+ sobre el audescubrimiento y la autoaceptación, además de que es F/F, lo cual no se ve mucho ni siquiera en el YA. Que podamos expresar quiénes somos a través del arte le da un plus. De lo mejor que leí en el año.
  • Kitkat
    I really loved this book because it was so inspiring. I loved how cute the friendship. I loved how Ivy refused to cry when her house was destroyed by the tornado. Also how beautiful is this cover! I loved how the sister Layla cared for her so much. I felt bad how Ivy felt left out in the family because of her new twin brothers. How she couldn't speak to anyone about being gay was heartbreaking. I felt so bad but how she talked to Robin about it m...
  • Chelsea
    Mini Review I’m still kind of in awe of the fact that this book exists. 3 1/2 starsIt’s a lovely middle grade about coming to terms with your sexuality, a book that kids desperately need. I have never read a middle grade with an explicitly LGBT character, much less one entirely dedicated to the main character discovering their sexuality and coming out.This is such a wonderfully wholesome, sweet story. It does everything I love in a middle gra...
  • Staci (stacisbookishprobs)
    Queer middle grade stories are probably my favorite thing ever. As usual these kind of books always hit home with me. These are the books I wish I had when I was younger but I’m glad they’re happening now so young kids today can read them and know they’re not alone and there’s nothing wrong with who they are. These stories are so importantMy only real issue I had with this book was there was all this build up for the very end but nothing ...
  • Elizabeth☮
    Ivy Aberdeen is twelve (with a birthday in the near future) and trying to figure out her place in the world. Her family loses their home to a tornado, but before this event, Ivy is trying to adjust to her mom being overwhelmed with her baby twin brothers. In addition, Ivy's older sister, Layla, is helping her mother out and growing distant from Ivy.Add to all of this Ivy's new understanding that she likes girls. I found Ivy's expression with art ...
  • no
    me crying over a middle grade book on a sunday night? More Likely Than You Think
  • Emily
    Beautiful and heartfelt book about an artistic 12-year-old questioning and discovering her sexuality and her place in her family and in her world following a devastating tornado hitting her town.
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    I want to adopt this girl and protect her from the world! Why do middle grade books keeping making me cry?! I'll have to buy my own copy
  • Mckinlay
    this book was everything i needed when i was 12. what a gift.