Reviews by Tag: bullying

Teen Review
Almond by Won-pyung Sohn

Almond

By Won-pyung Sohn
4
Rated by
Hannah K.
Sep 11, 2021

Yunjae lived his whole life wondering what it was like to be “ordinary”. Diagnosed with alexithymia at a young age, Yunjae never felt or understood human emotions. Despite his mom’s efforts to teach him, no Post-it note could ever truly turn him into the “normal” kid she wanted.

However, after witnessing a terrible incident on Christmas Eve — which is also his birthday — he had only himself to rely on. Or so he thought.

Teen Review
Restart by Gordon Korman

Restart

By Gordon Korman
5
Rated by
Aryan C.
Aug 30, 2021

Restart is an amazing book to read if you like reading for fun. In Restart, the story is about a boy named Chase and he falls off his roof and forgets everything. He remembers how to speak the language he speaks but he does not remember anything else. When he gets to school there are many kids who are scared of him and many athletes who like him. Over time Chase learns that he was a bully and a jerk to many students. Chase takes the opportunity of forgetting everything and tries to learn how to make himself anew person.

Teen Review
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Full Disclosure

By Camryn Garrett
3
Rated by
Saathwika A.
Jul 27, 2021

Simone Garcia-Hampton is positive for HIV. Simone’s mother died when she was young. After moving from her old school, Simone made new friends and decides to start over. Simone is a really smart kid as well as being the student-director of her school play, Rent. At her school, Simone meets her crush, Miles. She loves him and dreams about kissing him, etc. But how will he react once she tells him she has HIV, while someone is threatening her to stop talking to Miles?

Teen Review
Auggie and Me by R. J. Palacio

Auggie and Me

By R. J. Palacio
4
Rated by
Sriha P.
Jun 5, 2021

We all know about Auggie in the book Wonder, but R.J. Palacio made another book about other people’s point of view from Auggie’s time. Auggie and Me features Charlotte, Julian and Auggie’s friend Christopher’s view during Auggie’s time and a little after as well. This book is a good book if you want to see the bullying of Auggie from Julian’s point of view.

Teen Review
The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann

The Degenerates

By J. Albert Mann
4
Rated by
Laura M.
May 21, 2021

This book is realistic fiction. The main characters of this book are Maxine, London, Alice, and Rose (Maxine’s sister). The main characters want to get out of the place they are trapped in (The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded) because they are diagnosed as morons, imbeciles, and idiots because of something “bad” they did. Their parents dropped them off there because they didn’t want them, and the main characters know that they won’t come back. That is why they don’t see a reason to leave.  London tries to get out but she gets caught on a farm she ran to for food and water.

Teen Review
These Vengeful Hearts: A hand drawn illustration of a faceless woman. Her face is framed by blood red flowers and flowing detailed hair.

These Vengeful Hearts

By Katherine Laurin
4
Rated by
Malavika A
Mar 19, 2021

The Red Court is a group of mysterious people that do favors and if crossed with punish you. Their members' true identities are unknown but Ember Williams wants to find them and shut the Red Court down.

 

Teen Review

Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher
4
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Jun 6, 2018

When Hannah Baker, Clay’s classmate and crush, commits suicide, he never expected to hear from her again. But one day a mysterious package shows up on his doorstep full of tapes she recorded before her death explaining the 13 reasons why she did what she did. Clay is one of the reasons, and if he listens, he might find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing town with Hannah as his guide. Now he can finally understand her pain, and as he follows her recorded words across his town, what he discovers might change his life forever.

Teen Review

Give A Boy A Gun

By Todd Strasser
5
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Jun 26, 2017

Brendan and Gray have been relentlessly harassed and bullied by the jocks at Middletown high for as long as they could remember. But not anymore. They decide enough is enough. They take all their classmates hostage at a school dance with an arsenal of stolen guns. It soon becomes clear to the students during the chaos that the only thing that matters to Brendan and Gary is revenge. At points along the story, there are statistics about gun violence, further educating the reader's understanding of the backdrop of this story.

Staff Review Mar 25, 2015

Now Charlie’s dead and I’m here in the kitchen—on my way to school, and then to work. It’s my senior year and I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. I am motherless, and in the last year, I lost my best friend twice, fell in love with a guy I shouldn’t have (twice), got beat up by a skinhead Nazi, and had things thrown at me, including beer cans, money, and dog shit.

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I quietly hoped it would all go away and sent my old PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ signals into the atmosphere.

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Staff Review Mar 25, 2015

Now Charlie’s dead and I’m here in the kitchen—on my way to school, and then to work. It’s my senior year and I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. I am motherless, and in the last year, I lost my best friend twice, fell in love with a guy I shouldn’t have (twice), got beat up by a skinhead Nazi, and had things thrown at me, including beer cans, money, and dog shit.

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I quietly hoped it would all go away and sent my old PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ signals into the atmosphere.

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A brief word from the reviewer:

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