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Diary of a Witness by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Apr 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-fiction
Read in April, 2011

Other than one part of the ending that's a little too pat, I found this to be an excellent story about bullying and its effects. The central characters are two teen boys, both loners other than their shared friendship. The viewpoint character has a problem with his weight...he overeats, and he knows it, but his mother is the same way and sees nothing wrong with his overweight, since she's just as heavy. His friend is in what seems like a better situation, at first, but things go horribly wrong, and the viewpoint character learns that his friend has serious problems.
As things spiral downhill for both of them, the reader gets caught up in the serious nature of their difficulties, and there is a sense of impending doom, but the ending is far from the cliche that it could have been.

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