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A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic
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Aug 03, 10

Recommended for: bullied victims, parents, teachers, school personell, previous bulliers
Read from July 29 to August 03, 2010, read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** "A Thousand Cuts" By Simon Lelic starts off with how two students hear, find out and respond to Samuel's actions, a teacher at a London school, who killed a teacher and 3 students resulting from months of bullying and taunting. The story develops into how Lucia tries to recover her steps to try to get into the mental state of Samuel before and while he commited the crime. The following chapters are the conversations of diffrent characters from their point of views resulting from the shooting, the bullying and the pressure that Lucia presses to get to the bottom of the case. Some chapters are about Lucia's own bullying that she goes through at work with Walter a fellow detective. Until Lucia starts to get the truth and realizes she has to try to get the parents to fight even if they do not win for her sake and for the sake of the students who had a right to be protected by a care of duty by the school. I think this book is very real in terms of bullying and how when nothing is done it can sometimes get worse.Bullying is something that needs to be spearheaded for radical change not shut an eye at as many characters did in this novel. Lucia is a brave and in my opinion a caring detective who attempts to do more than her job but it shut down because she is a woman, new and is smart. In the end she wins in that she gets the parents of Elliot to sue based on precedence and she resigns from her position leaving her boss to want to negotiate.
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