This is a book that was in the list of suggested reading for this month’s challenge for the Canadian Book Review Challenge. And it was definitely a challenge to read this book!
This is a young adult novel like none other that I have read. Not only is the subject matter very serious, but it has a shocking ending that will stick with the reader for a while. So, I would suggest that no very young teen read this book!
I love the title because it seems to be very much like young teens think. They want to be famous. They want to be heard. They want to belong. They want to feel like rock stars and move stars. However, the main character in this story is just like a lot of teens. He doesn’t fit in. He seems very different from everyone else. And part of him likes to be unknown yet he isn’t unknown. Despite this, he isn’t invited to any parties and he is an outcast in many ways.
This is a book about how harmful bullying can be and how important it is for teachers and parents to make sure that they are aware if their teen is different in some way or feels somehow that they won’t belong to take steps to ensure that their teen is not bullied. Bullying can be very harmful to teens.
This is a very thought-provoking novel! I am glad that I read it for the challenge! John you never fail to amaze me with the different monthly challenges that you come up with.
Rating: 4+ stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth