Book Review: 'Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry' By Joya Goffney

I know the saying goes 'don't judge a book by its cover' but I have to admit that lately I have been picking out books because of their gorgeous cover designs. 'Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry' totally pops and caught my attention and I am so so pleased that I added it to my TBR pile. Look how beautiful it is!!!


Quinn keeps lists of everything - from the days she's ugly cried, to "Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud," to all the boys she'd like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears (as well as embarrassing and cringeworthy truths) on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing . . .

An anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn't know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett - the last known person to have her journal and who Quinn loathes - in a race against time to track down the blackmailer.

Together, they journey through everything Quinn's been too afraid to face, and along the way, Quinn finds the courage to be honest, to live in the moment, and to fall in love.

A razor-sharp, passionate and addictive YA romcom that readers will love.

My Review

The blurb had me completely hooked. Of course I could absolutely relate to the fact that Quinn keeps a list of everything and that she feels lost without her journal. I liked that she wrote everything down in order to make sense of it and to sometimes ignore it and forget it. I enjoyed her narrative, she was vulnerable and had her insecurities and she was really funny and just wanted to be able to trust people and let go and have friends. 

The banter between Quinn and Carter was utterly charming and I loved their adventures together and how Carter challenged her while also accepting her for all that she was. I also love that she pushed him to be more honest and let people in. There was so much openness and encouragement in not judging others for simply what you see on the outside. I truly love that this book looks at getting to know people and their stories, accepting mistakes and to be willing to learn from them and forgive people going forward. The concept of someone reading your inner most thoughts was brilliant and I loved that Carter knew all the inner workings of Quinn's brain, the good, the bad, the ugly and he liked it all. There was something so beautiful and refreshing about that; about not holding back, even if him learning all these things was totally by accident, I think it gave their relationship something so powerful and unique. 

One of my absolute favourite things was Quinn realising, with Carter and Livvy and Auden's help, that she had kind of created her own boxes by writing her lists and that these boxes were restricting her from growing and being the person she wanted to be. She had become set on her feelings and thoughts because they were written down that she was forgetting to live and step out of her comfort zones. Once she understood this, it was so awesome to see her break free from her boxes and enjoy life. I loved when they went dancing and she let her hair down and how close she got to Livvy, their friendship was really special. 

This was such a fun, beautiful and gorgeous adventure of friendship, communication, living life to the fullest, holding onto to special memories whilst also not being afraid to create new ones. Joya Goffney created such wonderful, heart warming and endearing characters in Quinn, Livvy, Carter and Auden and I loved them and think you will too. I highly recommend picking up a copy of 'Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry' today! 

Happy reading.


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