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You Can't Shatter Me Paperback – June 23, 2012
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'I was awed . . . Tahlia Newland's fiction is some of the best YA on the market . . . in Newland's deft hands, this novel is an absorbing, educational read, that both satisfies and gives hope to adults and younger readers alike.' Melissa, reviewer for Blibliotica Book Reviews.
'This is a book that all young adults should read. It is also a great book for parents and educators who may need a fresh look into teen struggles and bullying . . . Tahlia does a brilliant job making an otherwise tedious topic fun and relatable for readers. This book will make you think and really reflect on the subject at hand. The writing style was enjoyable and fluid. Although short in length, this book contains a powerful message and the author manages to drive this message home without over doing it. You are left feeling complete and some what light.' Little Hyats Book Reviews
'This is a story about understanding, kindness and compassion, uniquely told with surreal fantasy elements, and is both entertaining and thought-provoking.' Kevin Berry, author.
'An entertaining and uplifting read.' Linda Gillard, best selling author of 'A House of Silence'.
'An extremely original mix of real life difficult situations and magical elements sprung from the imaginations of main characters Carly and Dylan, as they envision ways to overcome everyday challenges, problems and obstacles.' Krisi Keley, author.
About the Author
Tahlia Newland is an editor and artist as well asan author. She makes masks and steampunk accessories that you can see attahliasmasks.com, and she lives in an Australian rainforest with a husbandand a cheeky Burmese cat who appears in all her book series.
Tahlia has studied Buddhism and meditated for manyyears, and her writing aims to help readers understand and learn to work withtheir minds so they can lead happier lives.
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With Carly writing her life's script, becoming a superhero is her dream....the magic and reality collide throughout this reasonably short story, with terror being a solid part of reality....with Dylan becoming a part of Carly's life, the sweetness of first love comes across with all the nervousness that we remember. Dylan is a karate student, and wants to protect Carly....he's also been called a nerd, more times than he can remember.
With help from Carly's Aunt Anne and Uncle Doug, more magic transpires... there are many aspects to this story, bullying being the main one...but there are more, with love and sweetness, magic and dreams all making a play....
I can highly recommend this story by Tahlia Newland.
Read from February 09 to 11, 2013 -- I own a copy, read count: 1
I tossed up between a 3 and 4 star rating for this one. I went with a 4 as you can see. The reason I wasn't sure was because I felt that the imagery and the fantasy aspect seemed a little too prominent within the story.
Hold up, I'm getting ahead of myself here.
Tahlia has a very strong story here, the characters are realistic, honest and believable. Their reactions are true to being a teenager and the situations they find themselves in is a realistic representation of what a teenager might go through at school. It's important these days to teach children about bullying and how to deal with it.
An indie book to rival the finished products of the big six, Tahlia should be very proud of the highly glossy polish this book has. If all indie authors could produce this standard of work, the readers of today would be in for a treat!
Now, back onto the story, while there were cliche moments, it didn't disrupt the storyline. In fact I think some of them helped to solidify the moment in the story and show character growth and development.
Where I took a step back from the story was with the imaginary happenings of the characters, the strange cut scenes that they used to help make important discoveries and growth. They seemed a little too 'young' for the story to me. It could be that I'm just not the intended target audience of You Can't Shatter Me, and as I believe that is the case I overlooked that and bumped up the rating.
This book would be a great one to share with the young adult in your life, be they a son, daughter, niece or nephew. It highlights the bravery required to overcome bullying, but it also teaches them other valuable lessons about self worth and being kind to others. It should be compulsory reading for all Primary and High school kids today.
**Note: I was provided an electronic version of the book in return for an honest review**
I especially loved the ending where they encouraged others to deal with their bullies (or self esteem issues). Kinda cute when Izzy began to grow as well. This book was written from an English school (girl/boy) point of view.. and it was quite humorous in unexpected places. It was a refreshing change from angst ridden romance.
I enjoyed reading it and I would encourage others to read it as well.
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With bullying on the forefront of everyone's minds these days, it is no wonder that You Can't Shatter Me, a young adult magical realism story, caught my eye.Read more
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