This book has good potential to be a really good book–along the lines of Wintergirl, or Speak, or All the Rage, addressing an important topic that a lot of young teens experience today: bullying. Yet there reached a point in the story where the author totally loses me.
If her mother wasn’t watching, Kylie Presby would punch Queen Bee, Natalie Silvers, in the face -again. But as Kylie wipes her tears away with the layers of toilet paper encasing her car, she knows she can’t retaliate like she did last time. Her dead mother wouldn’t approve. Kylie no longer cares about popularity. Invisible would work just fine.
Then the new kid, Braydon, mysterious, good looking and too clever for his own good, shows up and sacrifices his social status, becoming Kylie’s shield from the front line assault. After enough chocolate ice cream and movies it’s as if they’re best friends. Crazy, since Kylie knows so little about him.
As Natalie continues her relentless attacks on Kylie another person deals with his own line of bullies. Jack Stine was popular until his deepest secret was revealed and his friends abandoned him. Kylie and Jack bond over their tormentors and form an unbreakable friendship.
Three lost souls each with a story that binds them together, but will it be enough when the bullying goes too far and secrets are revealed?
“#deadgirl … Who knew whales could survive so long out of water.”
After punching Natalie Silvers, the reigning Queen Bee at Kylie Presby’s highschool, in the mouth for making a nasty comment about her deceased mother, Kylie becomes the victim of severe bullying. She is called a cow, she is mooed at, and among other things, a hashtag is started: #deadgirl.
“Why doesn’t she just kill herself #deadgirl”
Among Natalie’s other victims of her bullying is Jack, who she outed as being gay, and thus everyone in the school feels they must turn on him as well, because Natalie said so.
It just makes me so angry that people blindly follow such a cruel person.
One day, Kylie meets the new transfer, Braydon, and through his persistence they become friends, raising her current friend count to two. I really enjoyed the friendship between the three of them and seeing Kylie and Braydon’s romance go from friends to relationship.
Where the author lost me was halfway through when all of the sudden, her crush Drew dumps his girlfriend, Natalie–yes, the evil queen–and all of the sudden wants to start dating her. Now, he’s been there through all of Kylie’s bullying, and hasn’t done anything. Hasn’t stood up for her, tried to stop Natalie. Nothing. And Kylie is just willing to look the other way and provide excuses for him. She begins to turn her back on her true friends, Braydon and here best friend Sam.
That just pissed me off. The story got better again by the end, but it just wasn’t the same for me. I lost respect for Kylie’s character, and felt it lost an important element to the story that it had had before then. That plot point felt unnecessary to me.
I don’t know, if I had had a crush on a boy before hand, and then was subject to severe bullying and he did nothing, there is no way we would be together.
Overall: this book was good but frustrating read.
*I was provided an arc copy from Mark My Words Publicity in exchange for an honest review