The Terrible

The Terrible

From the poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir?part prose, part verse?about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and the beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family ?My little brother and I saw a unicorn in the garden in the late nineties. I?m telling you. Neither one of us made it up; it was as real as anything else.? The Terrible, From the poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir?part prose, part verse?about coming-of-age, uncovering...

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Title:The Terrible
Author:Yrsa Daley-Ward
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:B075HZWG2V
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

The Terrible Reviews

  • Tara
    Jun 07, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

  • Degan Walters
    Jun 26, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down. ...

    I adore Yrsa Daley-Ward and her poetry, and she sure has had an interesting life but this account fell a bit flat for me. It felt like it was written in a big rush and there are some poetic elements but also several parts that feel thrown together. I will look for more from her. ...

  • kelly
    Jun 30, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

  • Scarlett
    Jul 10, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

  • Michelle Despres
    Jun 30, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down. ...

    I adore Yrsa Daley-Ward and her poetry, and she sure has had an interesting life but this account fell a bit flat for me. It felt like it was written in a big rush and there are some poetic elements but also several parts that feel thrown together. I will look for more from her. ...

    The Terrible is the depression, the blackness of a heart and a life. She writes poetically in the present tense. This is the kind of memoir than I think can only be written if your mom is no longer living. It is harsh and true. I appreciated the honesty. ...

    I really loved this book. A mix of poetry and prose and written in a way where even a non-poet can be totally enthralled and want to continue to turn the page. She?s a really talented writer with a knack for telling stories?a perfect combo for a really wonderful book. ...

    Beautiful. Intense. Thank you, Yrsa Daley-Ward, for sharing your truth. So powerful how each chapter is a poem, a series of vignettes of different emotional states that also drive the narrative forward. ...

    Thank you for the novel. I read it all and still wondering why I did. Not quite the type of story I am used to - or maybe it was the style of writing... I felt very sorry for the whole family. ...

    I devoured part one. It was riveting. I liked the other three parts a bit less. "Lyrical memoir" is a good description. A reader expecting poetry may be disappointed. ...

  • Tamina
    May 08, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

  • Evelyn
    May 31, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down. ...

  • Shahd Fadlalmoula
    Jun 13, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

  • Bernadette
    Jun 26, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down. ...

    I adore Yrsa Daley-Ward and her poetry, and she sure has had an interesting life but this account fell a bit flat for me. It felt like it was written in a big rush and there are some poetic elements but also several parts that feel thrown together. I will look for more from her. ...

    The Terrible is the depression, the blackness of a heart and a life. She writes poetically in the present tense. This is the kind of memoir than I think can only be written if your mom is no longer living. It is harsh and true. I appreciated the honesty. ...

    I really loved this book. A mix of poetry and prose and written in a way where even a non-poet can be totally enthralled and want to continue to turn the page. She?s a really talented writer with a knack for telling stories?a perfect combo for a really wonderful book. ...

    Beautiful. Intense. Thank you, Yrsa Daley-Ward, for sharing your truth. So powerful how each chapter is a poem, a series of vignettes of different emotional states that also drive the narrative forward. ...

  • Charlott
    Jul 10, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

  • Sian
    Jun 28, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

  • Gabriella
    May 31, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

  • Lara Kareem
    Jun 22, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

  • Brenda
    May 23, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down. ...

    I adore Yrsa Daley-Ward and her poetry, and she sure has had an interesting life but this account fell a bit flat for me. It felt like it was written in a big rush and there are some poetic elements but also several parts that feel thrown together. I will look for more from her. ...

    The Terrible is the depression, the blackness of a heart and a life. She writes poetically in the present tense. This is the kind of memoir than I think can only be written if your mom is no longer living. It is harsh and true. I appreciated the honesty. ...

    I really loved this book. A mix of poetry and prose and written in a way where even a non-poet can be totally enthralled and want to continue to turn the page. She?s a really talented writer with a knack for telling stories?a perfect combo for a really wonderful book. ...

    Beautiful. Intense. Thank you, Yrsa Daley-Ward, for sharing your truth. So powerful how each chapter is a poem, a series of vignettes of different emotional states that also drive the narrative forward. ...

    Thank you for the novel. I read it all and still wondering why I did. Not quite the type of story I am used to - or maybe it was the style of writing... I felt very sorry for the whole family. ...

  • Naeemah Huggins
    Jun 11, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down. ...

    I adore Yrsa Daley-Ward and her poetry, and she sure has had an interesting life but this account fell a bit flat for me. It felt like it was written in a big rush and there are some poetic elements but also several parts that feel thrown together. I will look for more from her. ...

    The Terrible is the depression, the blackness of a heart and a life. She writes poetically in the present tense. This is the kind of memoir than I think can only be written if your mom is no longer living. It is harsh and true. I appreciated the honesty. ...

  • Mentai
    May 31, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

  • Nina
    Jul 14, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

  • Warda
    Jun 15, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

  • Zish
    Mar 22, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

  • Melody
    Jun 15, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

  • Louise Pennington
    Jun 06, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

  • Rod-Kelly Hines
    Jun 29, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

  • Wade Snowden
    Jun 18, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

  • Laura King
    May 17, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

  • Roman Clodia
    May 11, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

  • Flor
    Jun 23, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

  • Joy
    Jun 30, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down. ...

    I adore Yrsa Daley-Ward and her poetry, and she sure has had an interesting life but this account fell a bit flat for me. It felt like it was written in a big rush and there are some poetic elements but also several parts that feel thrown together. I will look for more from her. ...

    The Terrible is the depression, the blackness of a heart and a life. She writes poetically in the present tense. This is the kind of memoir than I think can only be written if your mom is no longer living. It is harsh and true. I appreciated the honesty. ...

    I really loved this book. A mix of poetry and prose and written in a way where even a non-poet can be totally enthralled and want to continue to turn the page. She?s a really talented writer with a knack for telling stories?a perfect combo for a really wonderful book. ...

    Beautiful. Intense. Thank you, Yrsa Daley-Ward, for sharing your truth. So powerful how each chapter is a poem, a series of vignettes of different emotional states that also drive the narrative forward. ...

    Thank you for the novel. I read it all and still wondering why I did. Not quite the type of story I am used to - or maybe it was the style of writing... I felt very sorry for the whole family. ...

    I devoured part one. It was riveting. I liked the other three parts a bit less. "Lyrical memoir" is a good description. A reader expecting poetry may be disappointed. ...

    A great story by a great storyteller ...

  • Sofia
    Jul 12, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

  • Madeline Miles
    Jul 05, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...

    Beautiful, harrowing truth that I could've devoured in a day. I'm glad I stretched out reading this across 3 days to be able to process and comprehend 'The Terrible' and terrible things that haunt Yrsa and Roo, but I hate they happened. An accessible (but far from easy) read that sums ...

    I adore Yrsa, she's a force. I was just surprised her writing didn't feel more original, unique. There were some beautiful passages but overall it was like I had read this book many times before. But do read Bone and also her appearance at GAL <3 ...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads. I really liked this book even though the writing style was different than the usual written memoir. She really pulled you into her story which made it hard to put the book down. ...

    I adore Yrsa Daley-Ward and her poetry, and she sure has had an interesting life but this account fell a bit flat for me. It felt like it was written in a big rush and there are some poetic elements but also several parts that feel thrown together. I will look for more from her. ...

    The Terrible is the depression, the blackness of a heart and a life. She writes poetically in the present tense. This is the kind of memoir than I think can only be written if your mom is no longer living. It is harsh and true. I appreciated the honesty. ...

    I really loved this book. A mix of poetry and prose and written in a way where even a non-poet can be totally enthralled and want to continue to turn the page. She?s a really talented writer with a knack for telling stories?a perfect combo for a really wonderful book. ...

  • Hannah
    Jun 12, 2018

    ?Pull yourself together. You are an African, the most magical kind of human there is.? I knew that this book would break my heart and it did. It?s a memoir of Yrsa dealing with life?s challenges (understatement) and it is raw, brutal and honest. There are four parts to t...

    I didn't find this as fresh or original as I hoped: Daley-Ward creates a dark memoir of alienation, depression and a downward spiral of drink, drugs and sex, occasionally lit by flares of imagination and sparse moments of love and connection. But I found this over-written in places,...

    I knew this would be great but wow! This memoir-in-verse is stunningly candid, often invoking painful memories that highlight what seems to be universal pain and trauma that black children inherit from their parents. The truth of this touched me while I read because Yrsa Daley-Ward...

    4.5 stars - An emotional sucker punch. Don?t you know you?re one of the lucky one? shouts the terrible. Don?t you know I?ve got you, you ungrateful, ungrateful creature? You wretch! Don?t you know those dark times kept you stronger? (thus sayeth the terrible). Don?t you...

    This book is so terribly good, it carries Yrsa's essence from the onset to the end. It is one dark tale, with glimpses of lights here and there, but so dark and powerful, Yrsa can't help but capture my attention with her story. To me this memoir is one of a kind because it is truly ...

    Incredible memoir that feels more like verse than prose. So sad and gorgeous and compelling. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    I was excited to read this book, because while I'm not really a fan of Yrsa Daley Ward's poetry, I do think the clarity she employs in that work would make for an intriguing memoir. Not many things here are new experiences?oppressively religious grandparents, confusing and/or conc...

    A few months ago I read Bone, and the only thing I had to say at first was that I so badly wanted to hear the poetry spoken out loud. Then, at the beginning of June, I actually got the opportunity to see Yrsa, as her book tour for The Terrible had a stop in my city. Listening to her sp...

    I think Ysra Daley-Ward is very brave for writing this and there are some beautiful sections/lines, but overall there were too many stylistic tricks that served absolutely no purpose, which ultimately made this a rather unsatisfying read. ...

    4.5 The Terrible is a compelling read, at times lovely, many others, heart wrenching. As the memoir wore on it became less original, perhaps I was unsatisfied with the way the 'resolution' was conveyed, or it seemed to end too abruptly. Maybe that's a sign of the book's success -- desp...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward has a heavy hard story to tell. Still she tells it with the most brilliant grace. To be completely honest, I had doubts when I heard that her next book was going to be a memoir, but I'm so glad I didn't give into those doubts. Yrsa has lived a full life, it hasn't been ...

    Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, says that Yrsa?s works is like ?holding the truth in your hands.? That perfectly sums up how I feels. Her first collection, ?bone,? was incredible, and I am so glad this went even further with her craft. Yrsa Daley-Ward is an e...

    This book was amazing - will write more later but I wasn't expecting to like this so much due to it's poetic style (I pretty much hate poetry?) but this was wonderful and so powerful and I loved it ...

    Labeled as a "lyrical memoir" which was very different and challenging for me, I enjoyed it but kept feeling like I wanted it to either be more of a book or more poetry, but the prose vs verse in-between was an interesting challenge to engage with. I took my time with this since she wr...

    Such a great read, and an incredible, sometimes dark story being told. The style of writing switches between poetry and prose throughout. I found myself unable to put it down! Read it in a few days :) ...

    Gorgeous writing. How does she take a tough life and convey it so beautifully? ...

    Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, t...

    This is a very unique memoir, with large parts of it written in verse. There's no pattern to what the next page was going to be (a poem or prose), but that was perfectly OK. I was too wrapped up in the author's words. Needless to say, I loved this book. Yrsa Daley-Ward tells a very...

    The Terrible is a dark memoir following Yrsa's early life from the North of England as she spirals down South into a life of drink, drugs, depression and the Terrible within. It's a bleak and heart-breaking read though underpinned with a familial love that, though not expressed, pulses...