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Your All Too Typical Bullying Story
on February 29, 2016
This book was dreadful. Saul tries waaay too hard to FORCE the reader to sympathize for the two main characters by digging deep into the bullying that they experience from the other school kids. I'm not saying that it's unrealistic in any way, but this theme is so worn out and cliched. The repetitious cycle of the bullying goes on and on, and the bullies are all stereotypes. The main characters are also 100% "goody two shoes" and the parents and other children are all 100% evil and rotten with no redeeming characteristics, which only adds to their stereotypical roles. As long as these tales of torture were, they added little to this very shaky plot. I can't comment on the ending because I read half of this book and couldn't make it through, but I can say that the entire first half of the book is nothing but a pity trip for the main characters (and not that I like bullying--I hate it, in fact) who I felt no emotional connection to. Had this plot been summarized and moved on to some new event by way of some good editing, I MIGHT have liked the story, but instead, it read like prolonged torture, not only for the main characters, but also for me. I won't be reading any more from this author again.