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Joshua's Island (James Madison Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Joshua’s Island is a story about the harsh realities of bullying and explores what it’s like to be the victim – the utter loneliness, the loss of self-worth, the constant fear, and the helplessness. I empathized with Joshua straight away. Bullying is not something I take lightly and I was glad to read a book that sheds light on this horrible subject in a tasteful way. Yes, there are scenes that are cringe-worthy in how this thirteen-year-old boy is beaten, emotionally abused, and humiliated by the ‘bully squad’ and subsequently neglected by all of his classmates who are too afraid to go against the tyranny of the popular clique lead by the ‘Dragon Queen’ (as Joshua has dubbed her), Rhonda. But, when Eve, a former ‘lower class’ student, who over the summer became part of the ‘in crowd’ finally sees Rhonda for the vile person she actually is, her eyes finally open and she truly sees Joshua. Becoming an outcast for going against Rhonda, Eve and Joshua, having only each other, form a friendship that becomes a catalyst, changing both of their lives as they learn self-worth, true friendship, and love. Together, and with a few friends they gain along the way, they learn to stand up for themselves.
Reading this book, I think I went through every emotion possible. I was heartbroken, sad and teary-eyed, hopeful, happy, nostalgic as Joshua and Eve became each other’s first love, and unbelievably angry at the despicableness of the bullies. I wanted to reach right through the pages and smack them all up side the head in defense of Joshua.
Joshua’s Island really spoke to me and I recommend it to everyone. Bullying is an ongoing problem and the only way it can be addressed is head on, which I think this book expresses. Bullying is never something that should be ignored by the victim, or by others who know it’s going on. The tormentors have their power because we give it to them, but when we stand against them, like Kelsey and her band of 5th and 6th graders did in the book, when we ask for help when it’s beyond our control, only then will it stop. This book should be a must read in every classroom.
There’s a Lord of the Flies, feral-like nature to the cliques of tormentors at school, and we’re reminded in a similar way that humanity is learned rather than endemic to us. Joshua, for all that he suffers, and perhaps because he suffers, is the most mature, and adult-like of the kids at school. He’s a good reminder that depth of soul is more than an adequate counter for the shallowness of life. Something that those around him do not have the eyes to appreciate, but I surmise the reader will.
For a first-time author, the writing proved to be intensely disciplined, meticulously edited, and emotionally poignant throughout. Keeping in mind that this book isn’t for everyone because of the nature of the subject matter and the target audience, for the right reader, it’s a gem.
The whole concept of the "Island" was fantastic--a safe refuge, at first lonely, and later inviting. The metaphor worked well for the isolation a bully victim feels, but also for the fact that it can feel like an oasis home if there's a friend with you.
The author does a great job of getting inside the young teens' heads to show their motivations for everything from enduring in silence to rejecting long-time friends. There were many touching moments where I felt myself close to tears as I ached for these kids. I would hope this book could inspire bullying victims to speak up, and those who see it happen to make a stand and help the outcast.
I wanted to give this more stars, but a few things irked me too much.
1) There was a lot of profanity. While I agree that kids swear, and the amount used in the story was probably indicative of realism, when I'm buying books for my middle schooler, I don't want that glamorized because I'm trying to teach her to strive for higher standards.
2) The amount of kissing and "we're in a serious relationship" stuff. They're 13. Again, maybe it's realistic about how kids feel and what they do, but I'm not one of those parents who wants my 13 year old to think that she *knows* what true love is because she read characters in a book who had it all figured out. While it's true that Joshua and Eve have a unique relationship, the young readers may not be able to distinguish what makes it so and why it is more than a hormonal crush. With teen promiscuity as commonplace as it is now, I don't think we need to encourage kids to think "serious relationship" at quite such a young age.
3) Related to this is another tenuous message. A boy who has been a timid outcast for three years transforms in as many weeks into a confident boy ready to take on the top bully all because he's loved by a girl. Okay, granted, love empowers us, and that message is valid. But I worry for the bully victims who don't have the most beautiful girl in the school fall for them. Will they find hope? Too much of the credit went to the "serious relationship". That source of strength needed to come from a more universally accessible source--a platonic friend, a mentor who help the kid believe in himself. In this sense, the subplot of Kelsey, a fifth-grader who decides to make a stand, actually felt like a better motivator.
These things might not bother someone else at all, so ignore and add a star if they don't. It's definitely worth reading, and I hope this book helps some kids confront bullying in their school.
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