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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars for On the Fringe, September 27, 2001
This review is from: On the Fringe (Hardcover)
We found that this book deserved four stars. It involved an array of short stories. All of the stories were controversial and shared the same large-scale theme of outsiders, or those who are considered to live "on the fringe." However, each of the stories dealt with very unique and individual characters. Not one of the stories was the same. One of the stories dealt with a girl who never developed properly, while yet another focused on a girl who had bad personal hygiene. Not all of the selections had only one main character. One mentioned all of the outsiders in a school. My favorite story was "Geeks Bearing Gifts" because it involved the "in crowd" becoming dangerously involved with the "out crowd." When I was in high school, I never noticed so many different cliques. This book really opened my eyes. For this reason, we think that this selection would be an excellent one for junior high and high school students to read. My literary partner's favorite was "Muzak for Prozac". This was for the fact that it showed how rumors can detrimentally affect those around us -- especially in the growing up years. It really made me think back to how viscous people can be. This is true especially through the growing up years of our lives. If people in high school or junior high did not wear the 'right' clothes, or if they had different morals, principles, and ethics, they were ostracized for these reasons. This book courageously addressed suicide, assault, religious beliefs, sexual preference, and guns in schools. As a teacher, we think that this book is beneficial in allowing one to see into the minds and hearts of students everywhere.
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