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OTOLI

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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  15 reviews
OTOLI - Have you been there? Social outcast ALICE TURNER went there to escape the constant bullying from the Populars. She is befriended by Jenny; an enigmatic waitress who seems to be stuck in the past. As the Populars begin to reap the wrath of a faithful friend, suspicions build in Alice's mind. Why does Jenny keep mementoes that are four years old? And why does Alice f...more
Paperback, 1st, 146 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Pneuma Springs Publishing (first published April 15th 2011)
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This book really took me by surprise, it was definitely not what I was expecting at all. The book deals very strongly with the issues surrounding bullying, but within this book they take on rather a sinister tone that appealed to my dark side.

Alice Turner is seen as a social outcast by everyone at school, which puts her in the harrowing position of being a target of the school bullies, known as the Populars. They make her life a living hell. On one of her journeys home, desperate to stay out of...more
Kelly Martin
Characters: The book follows a number of the characters from there different view points which I loved because we get to see things from everyone’s perspective. However, we mainly see it from Alice and Kieran’s (both bully victims) and Jenny (a waitress at a cafe called OTOLI) point of view. Alice and Kieran are both in need of a friend and they find that in the form of Jenny who always seem to be there to listen to their problems when they need her most. Personally Jenny was my favourite charac...more
Billy Bob
This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Awards. This is what our readers thought:

CONTENT 7/10
The readers thought the beginning was very powerful, pulling them into the story. Many noted that the author really seemed to understand what it is like to be the victim of a bully. They sympathised very much with Alice and her journey through the story and they also thought that you dealt well with ‘onlookers’ who feel sorry for the victim but do nothing. They also liked the cliffhanger at t...more
Bludhaven
This book really took my by surprise - and in a good way. This story had a little twist that the blurb didn't give away and it made the story special.

The subject of bullying is a very delicate one and I think it was treated here in a way that was sensible and enjoyable at the same time. It's hard to touch on all the different layers of bullying, especially where teenagers are concerned: What these novel shows perfectly is that there are more layer than victim and bully, there are social expectat...more
Victoria
OTOLI is unlike any other young-adult novel I have yet to read. The setting, characters, and plot pull you into a world where teens must deal and cope with real issues--bullying, social status, and friendship without being preachy and stuffing the message down the readers throat. But don't think this is just a novel advocating against bullying, oh no, there is a thrilling twist, a paranormal string that runs through this story which surprised me. I read this book in about two sittings, I couldn'...more
Alannah Clarke
Wow, this book really took me by surprise. After the author friend requested me and recommended this book, I went onto the page for this book and saw that it deals with the sensitive subject of bullying. As an ex-victim myself, I just had to buy and read it.

OTOLI comes from the perspective of many different characters, although I would say that the main protagonist is Alice. Through the book, I begun to feel how isolated the bullying victims felt and they find that friend in Jenny who is a waitr...more
Steve Morris
Sharp and smooth as I would expect, Bryony Allen's follow up to

Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector

is a venture into the currently popular YA market.

This time taking on the serious topic of school bullying, Bryony shows us life through the eyes of Alice, a lonely girl experiencing the worst that her peers can throw at her. Paced and set at just the right length for young adults upwards, Otoli handles the subject sensitively and originally without being predictable.

Recommended.
Scarlet
Nov 10, 2011 Scarlet marked it as to-read
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From Allen's Profile:

A portion from all sales of OTOLI will be donated to the national charity 'BullyingUK' by the publisher on an on going basis.

Kudos for doing a good thing. The book already sounded good, but when authors do something like this, it makes me want to read their book even more.
Beth
OTOLI is definitely my favourite book of all of those I’ve reviewed since beginning as a guest reviewer for Book Angel Booktopia and I’m so glad I got to send it because without Emma sending it to me, I would never have even noticed it or considered picking it up.

The first thing I felt when I began reading OTOLI was how creepy it was. I immediately felt extreme empathy for Alice and the torment she has to put up with but the second I met Jenny, I did not like her at all. Really really creepy and...more
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
I found myself quite surprised by this book. It was a bit darker than I was expecting but in a really good way. And I loved the concept - how it makes you think about bullying and the affect it really has.

The book shows multiple points of view but mainly focuses on Alice, the bullying she faces on a daily basis and her friendship with Jenny. We also learn about Kieran and his friendship with Jenny, as well as learning about Jenny's past, and the reason behind her actions.

I thought the author did...more
Jesse Owen
Stories which take a look at Bullying always interest me, especially books like OTOLI which looks at the effects bullying can have on a person. OTOLI looks particularly at the type of bullying I’m most familiar with – name calling and teasing. The saying “bricks and stones can break your bones but names can never hurt you” is a lot of old crap and OTOLI shows this perfectly.

It focuses mainly around Alice Turner who is being teased by the so-called ‘populars’ in school. You know the ones, they ar...more
Johnathan Wilkes
I downloaded a copy of ‘OTOLI’ for our Kindle following a few reviews I came across on the web for it via Goodreads and some Google listings in addition to some prompting from my girls after they had seen the book video trailer on Amazon (i also found it is also uploaded here). I don’t generally review many books but I had previously read an Adult fiction book by this author which I really enjoyed so I was more than happy to go get this one for my girls to read. My daughters (13 and 14 years) re...more
Book Angel Emma
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This book surprised me more than any other I’ve received from Emma.

OTOLI is definitely my favourite book of all of those I’ve reviewed since beginning as a guest reviewer for Book Angel Booktopia and I’m so glad I got to send it because without Emma sending it to me, I would never have even noticed it or considered picking it up.

The first thing I felt when I began reading OTOLI was how creepy it was. I immediately felt extreme empathy for Alice and the torment she has to put up wit...more
Susanna Mahoney
The author’s description; the story revolves around three main characters; Alice, Kieran and Jenny and a group of bullies known as the Popular. Alice Turner is a year eight pupil at Stowton Middle School who has become a victim of bullying by the girl gang – the Populars. Deeply unhappy, Alice finds herself wandering into a cafe called OTOLI that she has never noticed before. There she meets Jenny the mysterious waitress who always seems to be scrubbing the same table clean. Alice is initially e...more
Theta Sigma
I found out about this book due to the author, Bryony Allen, asking me to be a friend on Goodreads.

As a person who was on the receiving end of bullying during primary and secondary school, I was interested in reading this novel where bullying is the focus - both on the part of the bully and, more prominently, the person being bullied.

Bryony Allen cleverly combines the storyline of the day to day trials that people who are being bullied feel such as the powerlessness to act, the feeling of wantin...more
Jenny Roch
What bothered me most was that the "friendship" between Alice & Jenny and Kieran & Jenny was not plausibly explored and developed.
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Bryony Allen was born in Enfield in the UK but actually spent most of her youth in the North East of the country close to Hartlepool before returning South again. There she studied for a degree in English Literature and Drama at the Roehampton University in London, graduating with a 2:1 honours.
She writes Young Adult and Adult mystery fiction and had her first adult book, 'Mystery, Deceit and a S...more
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