This is an intriguing and somewhat provocative book about the hot topic of bullying. The story is about a teenage girl, Sara Wharton, facing criminal charges after another teen, Emma Putnam, commits suicide. The narrative is told from Sara’s point of view and switches from present tense and past tense so we get to see both Sara’s feelings about her consequences of her actions and her feelings about her actions as they happen which is really interesting to see.
When Emma moves to town most of the girls immediately dislike her and label her a “slut” for talking to the guys they like or just for doing things they disapprove of. We see through Sara’s eyes the judgement and general hatred the girls in the school had for Emma pretty quickly.
I give this book 3 stars from MY point of view and what I can take from it, which is what I do with all of my reviews. However, I can see how this book could potentially have a greater impact on someone who is a teenager or in middle school.
It’s a strong book for making the point that not everything is so black and white. Not everyone is perfect. The bullies in this book weren’t exactly aware of everything that is going on, even with their own actions. So while their bullying essentially leads to Emma’s suicide there are also other issues happening simultaneously.
I also know that while reading the book I could see myself if both the bullies and the victim and I don’t know that most people will like that uncomfortable feeling. Yet it’s an important feeling because in this world the book creates it shows that no one is really blameless.
So 3 stars from me but I would recommend for a younger crowd for better results. Entertaining yet educational.
ARC provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review.