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I went into this book with trepidation. I was Liam. I was bullied throughout my entire public school career, so badly that, one day, when I was 15, I took one of my father's pocket knives and attempted to carve a vein out of my left arm. It's a good thing I didn't know that a cross cut is far less effective than a cut straight up the arm, or I wouldn't be writing this. But that was 31 years ago, and now I have a scar that's actually my badge of bravery, because I got out of high school alive and actually made a life for myself. I am also SO thankful that I went to school prior to the invention of the net, because then it would probably have been even worse, and the fact that you can google "how to successfully commit suicide" would not have been lost to a kid that excelled in research.
Instead, this book made me angry. Very angry.
I was angry at Julie, for obvious reasons, for a good part of the book. Of course I knew exactly who she was from the moment I met her (If you've read Ten Tiny Breaths you'll know what I mean). I couldn't be sure if she was plotting revenge or something else. So even though I felt for her, I never actually felt comfortable with her. I was angry at Pops. I'm sorry, but the way he turned his back on Ken was just wrong. No matter how angry he was over Ken's "running", the kid needed someone to love him, not a wall of silence. I was angry at the parents, because they just couldn't accept the level of guilt Ken was experiencing. It was almost as if they wanted to say to him "snap out of it".Read more ›
I found this novel to be a very interesting read, as it goes into the depths of bullying and what harm it causes. It takes into account the way bullying has adapted to the world of technology - where bullying is capable not only in person but online as well. As I mentioned earlier, the story is told from Dan's (the bully) point of view, which is definitely original. I thought it was an honest look inside the heart of someone full of regret, shame, and despair as well as seeing how his actions constantly effect him and those around him. The other characters in the book all fit into the scheme of bullying somehow as well, which shows the immense scope that bullying plays in real life. The author deals with some very serious problems and topics in this novel, and does so in a way that truly makes the reader think. This is a great novel for readers of all ages and one that will leave you thinking long after you finish reading it.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The author contrived the story so that the main character was knifed and beaten in Juvie repeatedly? Continually chased and his life threatened? And happens to move to a new town and immediately meet the half sister of his victim? Sorry, not believable. I agree with the message, just wish I hadn't wasted my time reading a book that would be better sold as a textbook for recovering or potential bullies.
In the wake of the Amanda Todd tragedy and others like it, cyberbullying, is finally coming to everyone's attention as a serious issue that must be addressed. And because of my own personal experience, I wholeheartedly agree. As I found out the hard way, adults can be victims too. Cyberbullying is defined as the use of the internet in any form to harass, defame, intimidate, and otherwise mentally torture someone. Technically, the term applies specifically to the victimization of children and adolescents. When it happens to adults, it's called "cyber-harassment," because the laws to protect adults are different, but bulling by any other name is still bullying.
Because SEND concerns the misuse of the internet, it is not only a novel about a problem that plagues teen-agers today, but also a novel about the dangers of technology. As such, it is a novel of interest not only to young adults, but to anyone who is concerned with the misuse of technology.
What I find especially interesting about about SEND is that it does not approach the subject in the obvious, predictable way - from the point of view of a victim. Instead the story is told from the point of view of a former bully, Dan/Ken, who is trying to deal with his guilt and rebuild some semblance of a normal life. Exactly what Dan/Ken did is revealed only in stages throughout the book, but we learn right away that he has had to change his name and his family has had to relocate several times because his actions caused another boy, Liam, to commit suicide - or so Dan/Ken believes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
20 pages in, I was convinced I’d hate it. 20 more pages, I was so tempted to put the book down and never pick it back up again. Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Ultimate Book Geek
This review is for the second of the four signed books I’ve recently won from this author through a massive giveaway on one internet site, which had consisted of 13 individual... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robin Leigh Morgan
A well written story of how bullying can affect even the bully himself. Would be good for school age kids and their parents. Good character development. Read morePublished 19 months ago by xsk8mom
Kenny Mele was just having fun when he posted a picture on the internet of a classmate wearing Spongebob boxers exposed while changing in the locker room. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dave Parker
Five years ago, at thirteen Kenny (now Dan) committed an act and a boy named Liam committed suicide. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pink Amy
I enjoyed reading this story and thought while it was somewhat predictable, it was well written. I thought it did a great job dealing with the issue of bullying from both sides. Read morePublished 22 months ago by jujube
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