Author: Amanda Maciel
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: April 19, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 3 Stars
***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This
has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***
Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by
real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for
bullying after a classmate commits suicide.
Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault. At least, that’s what
everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other
classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that
led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already
guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer
before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a
court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that
brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an
undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it
feels like her own life is over.
should be reading this. This book should be taught in schools so kids can learn
just how CRUEL their bullying can be and just how EXTREME the
consequences can be. This book broke my heart. But more than that, this book
shot me right back to high school. It was (for me) uncomfortable to read at
times. Because the situation hit pretty close to home for me. I wasn’t the mean
girl in high school. I was Emma, the girl who made a few mistakes and was
shut-out because of them. Emma was most definitely not innocent, neither was I.
BUT she didn’t deserve to be treated the way she was.
this story was the main character. I found it really difficult to connect with
her because to me, she was just awful. For the majority of the book she had no
redeeming qualities and I just couldn’t make myself like her or even see her
side of things. I get that she was hurt by some stuff that Emma had done, but
it didn’t give her the right to torture the poor girl. To publicly humiliate
her. I just felt so much for Emma and connected so much with her that it made
it extremely hard to ever like the main character, Sara. Sara is never really
sorry. She doesn’t understand what she did wrong and she continues to believe
that Emma deserved it. It was frustrating and there were times when I wanted to
stop reading, because I was so mad at this girl. What kept me reading though
was Emma. I just felt so bad for this girl that I had to finish her story.
come to the realization that what her and her friends did was wrong, but it
felt pretty abrupt to me. I never really knew what the turning point was. What
made her realize that she was horrible to this girl? What made her realize that
Emma didn’t deserve it? There was no defining moment in time for Sara and I
really wanted to know what it was that made her change the way she had been
thinking the whole book.
I would have liked it a lot better if the main character had shown some
redeeming qualities from the start. However, I think this book is really
important and sends out a loud and clear message about the consequences of
bullying. I don’t think that kids ever realize the effect their words and
actions can have on people. This book shows what can happen and I think it’s
important that it gets out in the world. Perhaps it will stop tragedies like
Emma Putnam from happening again in real life. Happy reading all!