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Thanks to Scholastic for sending me this book, you are indeed very kind people, especially since we exchanged so many emails. I thank you very much as the book has become one of my favourites for this year.
This bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won’t be able put it down until you’ve reached the conclusion. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today.
… Where do I start? This is a good “Where do I start?” though.
This book handles an issue that is very close to my heart, as I was bullied for many years, so reading something like this is difficult but at the end I felt so glad reading it. Book’s that handle tough issues don’t normally get a great response or it gets a mixed response because people don’t know how they feel about the topic. But for this book all I’d heard were glowing reviews, so I was excited to delve into this book.
The writing is choppy yet it flows (that sounds really stupid.) It has a certain feel to it, a bit like “Yes, I’m a rough book, talking about rough stuff but you won’t feel like it’s rough it feels like silk, the words are silk.” It probably feels choppy because it’s split up into a course of seven days with a chapter from each characters perspective. However I like this writing style and I always argue that more books should be written this way. I’m definitely an unconventional reader/writer.
The characters each have their voice, Jess has a very sad and harrowed voice yet Kez seems strong in a sad way. If you open up to a chapter you can tell whose narrating, which I like in a story as it shows that the writer is good, good enough to make distinctive characters. I wished though, that I liked some of the other characters a bit more, it really focuses on the two main characters but you do read many other characters who interact with Jess and Kez, I didn’t like them as much.
I was pleased that it was told from two story points because that way we see the two sides to the story. It shows that Kez is a victim as well and I think that’s important. The bully normally has a story and I’m so happy this want a one way story.
My fave quote:
“I don’t have magic answers, I just take each day as it comes.”
This book was so amazing but it wasn’t quite all the way amazing and I thought some aspects could have been a tad bit better. This is still a book to read though and I urge you to pick it up. I rate this 4½ stars out of 5. ⭐⭐⭐⭐½/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐