The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir

The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir

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: A Storyteller's Memoir
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: A Storyteller's Memoir Reviews

  • Denise Cormaney
    Oct 19, 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

  • Christina
    Sep 02, 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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? ...

    Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell a story. Often, the likability of a given memoir comes down not to the content, but the way in which the story is told. That said, a lot of people are going to bounce off this book. Told in a stream-of-consciousness na...

    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 ...

    It was off to a slow start, but once I got into reading this book, I could not put it down. I enjoyed the style of writing and storytelling. It was poetic, dramatic, and tragic. I loved Daley-Ward's poetry book BONES, so picking up this book at the bookstore, I knew would not disappoin...

  • flannery
    Jul 19, 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

  • 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 :) ...

  • 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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? ...

    Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell a story. Often, the likability of a given memoir comes down not to the content, but the way in which the story is told. That said, a lot of people are going to bounce off this book. Told in a stream-of-consciousness na...

    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 ...

  • Laurel May
    Aug 16, 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

  • Michelle
    Jul 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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? ...

    Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell a story. Often, the likability of a given memoir comes down not to the content, but the way in which the story is told. That said, a lot of people are going to bounce off this book. Told in a stream-of-consciousness na...

    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 ...

    It was off to a slow start, but once I got into reading this book, I could not put it down. I enjoyed the style of writing and storytelling. It was poetic, dramatic, and tragic. I loved Daley-Ward's poetry book BONES, so picking up this book at the bookstore, I knew would not disappoin...

    "They are not ours, the stars, and never have been." I won't even try to pretend to remember how I came across Yrsa Daley-Ward's memoir but I'm happy that I did. Fact. I loved the style and format of this book, as well as her story even the difficult things she experienced. I'm defi...

    This was such a beautifully written memoir. Powerful and magical but also dark and haunting. The story flowed so beautifully from beginning to the end. Such a unique and memorable experience. Worth the read! ...

    I loved it! Open and raw and beautiful! Thank you Yrsa! I listened to this on audible and her voice truly brought it to life. ...

  • Gabrielle Van Wyk
    Oct 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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? ...

    Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell a story. Often, the likability of a given memoir comes down not to the content, but the way in which the story is told. That said, a lot of people are going to bounce off this book. Told in a stream-of-consciousness na...

    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 ...

    It was off to a slow start, but once I got into reading this book, I could not put it down. I enjoyed the style of writing and storytelling. It was poetic, dramatic, and tragic. I loved Daley-Ward's poetry book BONES, so picking up this book at the bookstore, I knew would not disappoin...

    "They are not ours, the stars, and never have been." I won't even try to pretend to remember how I came across Yrsa Daley-Ward's memoir but I'm happy that I did. Fact. I loved the style and format of this book, as well as her story even the difficult things she experienced. I'm defi...

    This was such a beautifully written memoir. Powerful and magical but also dark and haunting. The story flowed so beautifully from beginning to the end. Such a unique and memorable experience. Worth the read! ...

    I loved it! Open and raw and beautiful! Thank you Yrsa! I listened to this on audible and her voice truly brought it to life. ...

    The poetry in this book carried it. Not surprising at all considering the author, what surprised me was how absolutely lacking the prose was. It wasn't neat or well-written and the subject matter was less captivating than it could have been. I did not feel as though I understood Daley-...

  • Nikita Gill
    Jul 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

  • Cardyn Brooks
    Oct 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

  • 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

  • Darkowaa
    Oct 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

  • Patty Abarno
    Aug 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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? ...

    Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell a story. Often, the likability of a given memoir comes down not to the content, but the way in which the story is told. That said, a lot of people are going to bounce off this book. Told in a stream-of-consciousness na...

    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 ...

    It was off to a slow start, but once I got into reading this book, I could not put it down. I enjoyed the style of writing and storytelling. It was poetic, dramatic, and tragic. I loved Daley-Ward's poetry book BONES, so picking up this book at the bookstore, I knew would not disappoin...

    "They are not ours, the stars, and never have been." I won't even try to pretend to remember how I came across Yrsa Daley-Ward's memoir but I'm happy that I did. Fact. I loved the style and format of this book, as well as her story even the difficult things she experienced. I'm defi...

    This was such a beautifully written memoir. Powerful and magical but also dark and haunting. The story flowed so beautifully from beginning to the end. Such a unique and memorable experience. Worth the read! ...

  • Alice Lippart
    Sep 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

  • 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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? ...

  • Abbi
    Sep 02, 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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? ...

    Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell a story. Often, the likability of a given memoir comes down not to the content, but the way in which the story is told. That said, a lot of people are going to bounce off this book. Told in a stream-of-consciousness na...

    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 ...

    It was off to a slow start, but once I got into reading this book, I could not put it down. I enjoyed the style of writing and storytelling. It was poetic, dramatic, and tragic. I loved Daley-Ward's poetry book BONES, so picking up this book at the bookstore, I knew would not disappoin...

    "They are not ours, the stars, and never have been." I won't even try to pretend to remember how I came across Yrsa Daley-Ward's memoir but I'm happy that I did. Fact. I loved the style and format of this book, as well as her story even the difficult things she experienced. I'm defi...

  • 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Samantha (AK)
    Oct 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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...

    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...

    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? ...

    Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell a story. Often, the likability of a given memoir comes down not to the content, but the way in which the story is told. That said, a lot of people are going to bounce off this book. Told in a stream-of-consciousness na...

  • leynes
    Sep 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

  • 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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,...

  • Jen Pennington
    Aug 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

  • Priyanka 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...

    Disclaimer: I won this book for my BookTubeAThon Book Dominoes Challenge (woop woop!), I wasn't asked to review it but since I got it for free and wouldn't have picked it up on my own I think it's important to mention that. /// I always feel like the ultimate asshole when I rate bi...

    Beautiful, raw and honest. ...

    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 love Yrsa Daley-Ward. I love the way she visualises her world. I love the way her brain works, and the way she puts pen to paper. Her work on instagram is gorgeous, but this, this was something otherworldly altogether. To make it clear, I have not yet read Bone, so this is the first ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    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...

    So glad I stumbled upon Yrsa Daley-Ward this year. Reading her work is like holding a beating heart in your hand. So alive and frightening and exciting and rare. ...

    The Terrible is simply exquisite. ...

    Review to come! I?m leaning towards 4.5 stars... ...

    The following review first appeared on MediaDiversified.org June 3, 2018. Similar to the ways in which Billie Holiday and John Coltrane used the same musical notes and scales as other musicians yet managed to produce otherworldly compositions exponentially more complex than the sum...

    Finished this one in a day. Whoa. I've never read anything like it. Sometimes we hear a story about someone who has labels that society is quick to judge (drug user, prostitute, private dancer/escort), and it's easy to see those labels and jump to those judgments, all the while for...

    This is a good story but it's written as a poem, to no real effect, and I was like why. ...

    You know those writers who make you want to write? That's Yrsa Daley-Ward. She is forever inspiring me and I'm so grateful she shared her story (so far) with us. This was such an incredible, beautifully written and powerful memoir. ...

    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. ...