Review: Furious Thing by Jenny Downham + Giveaway!

Title: Furious Thing
Author: Jenny Downham
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Pages: 384

Content Warnings: gaslighting, abuse, bullying, underage drinking, drug use, hospitals

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From the critically acclaimed author of Before I Die comes a remarkably affecting story of a girl who burns with anger for reasons she can’t understand, and the power and risk that comes with making noise. Fans of E. Lockhart, Jennifer Niven, and Gayle Foreman will find their own fury in this exceptional novel for our times.

Lexi’s angry. And it’s getting worse.

If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her stepfather would accept her, her mom would love her like she used to, and her stepbrother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly, she’s determined to swallow her anger and make her family proud.But pushing fury down doesn’t make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface waiting to erupt . . . And there’ll be fireworks when it does.

From the bestselling and award-winning author of Before I DieYou Against Me, and Unbecoming comes a remarkably affecting story that explores the myriad of ways a girl’s sense of self can be whittled away, and what might happen when she fights back.

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Furious Thing packs an emotional punch that will have your heart hurting.

This was one of the best depictions of emotional abuse I’ve ever seen. I’ve been through a version of this and the author got it right. A lot of people forget that abuse isn’t only physical and this story will be a great reminder that there are many different kinds. It also helps show that you don’t truly ever know what a person is going through and there are reasons you could never begin to imagine for the things one might do.

I really enjoyed Lexi as a character. She was genuine and the author did a great job of showing her thought process behind her actions. While a lot of people saw her as an unmanageable and at times dangerous teenager, the reader sees her as a person which is an important connection.

I don’t want to be a monster.

The author’s writing style wasn’t always great for me. I often forgot I was reading a new release instead of something that came out in the early 2010s. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but they weren’t the vibes I was hoping to have throughout the entire book. A lot of it also could have been trimmed – there were instances when internal monologues and situations felt repetitive and this took away part of the overall emotional impact.

Overall, this is a book I’m very glad I read. Lexi’s story is important and it’s going to help a lot of teens feel less alone. I haven’t read anything else by Jenny Downham but I think I need to change that now.

A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Jenny Downham is a critically acclaimed, international bestseller. Her debut novel, Before I Die, was shortlisted for numerous awards in the UK, including the Guardian Award and the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the Branford Boase Award. Before I Die was turned into a movie called Now is Good starring Dakota Fanning in 2012. Her most recent novel, Unbecoming, garnered four starred reviews and was an Entertainment Weekly Must List pick. Jenny lives in London with her two sons.

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