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Names Will Never Hurt Me

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  266 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
During one day at school, the paths of four teens will cross in ways they never imagined. There's Kurt, the "freek" who tries desperately to escape bullying; Tisha, who doesn't feel she fits in with anyone; Ryan, the football jock who rules the hallways while losing control of his life; and Floater, who uses his connections to gain dangerous power. On this day, teasing, ra ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 3rd 2005 by Speak (first published April 1st 2004)
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Names Will Never Hurt Me is a story written by Jaime Adoff. It's a first person multiple viewpoint novel about 4 very different teenagers struggling with their own problems while in high school. The students are all so different but will come into play with each other's lives. A student who everyone thinks is worthless (including himself), a girl insecure about her true colors and who she is, a boy with a hunger for power that is gained from students, and a senior who learns that he will not a ...more
Mary A
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-q2
Do your parent’s expect too much of you? Do you feel like a freak sometimes? Are you a “white girl with a tan that never fades”? Are you the eyes and ears of your school and you can get anything you want? Meet Ryan, the all-American football player who is everything but perfect, Tisha, a bi-racial girl who is torn between the black crowd and the white crowd, Kurt, nickname Dirt for the way the bullies make him feel, and Floater, the eyes and ears of a school where a kid was murdered. These peopl ...more
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
i thik this was a really good book. it opened my eyes to how rough some people have it! i think anyone should read this book, especially the tough ones.
Alec Devito
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
it has a great first chapter it really brought me in and grabbed my attention. this was a very good book and it gets your attention in every chapter and makes you not what to put the book down. this book tells the stories of four high school students Kurt, the “freak” who gets bullied by kids at school. and Ryan, the football star who walks the hallways like a king and basically gets what he wants. Tisha, who feels like an unattractive misfit because she’s of mixed race. then Floater who acts as ...more
This novel takes place during one day, the one year anniversary of a school shooting that left one student dead. Told through the perspectives of four students, in a semi-journal entry format, the reader sees how the shooting and its anniversary affected the town and how such an event could happen. Three of the students are part of the outcasts. Kurt, known at school as "freek" is made fun of every day, and uses his music to retreat. Tisha, is put down by both the black and white girls because s ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jamie Adoff was published in 2004. It took me me 3 days to read all 186 pages because of its great suspense. The story takes place at Rockville High in Ohio based off the current date.

The story revolves around four characters who attend the school. Kurt- the loser who no-one bothered to know. Ryan- the all American football player who was looking at a future with the NFL. Tisha- who no-one liked because she was both black and white by race but didn't act lik
Melissa Diaz
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Written like a form of poetry, names will never hurt me is filled with tension and keeps you wondering how it will end. It follows four different students during a day at school. Each character is written in the first person with intersecting stories.

The day is the one year anniversary of another student's death on campus. None of the four really knew the student, but the import of the day nevertheless has an impact. Kurt, Tisha, Mark and Ryan range in the pecking order from greatest to least
Rachel Knorr
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I read Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jaime Adoff and I thought that it was a good book.Throughout the book the main character changes from chapter to chapter. I found that style of writing was good to keep the reader interested in what is happening in these kids school life. All the students in Names Will Never Hurt Me are very different in what they do and how they are treated by others at school. The whole book takes place on one day. This day is special to the school because it was a one year a ...more
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in three sittings. It was a very intense book. Set in a high school (I know there is a pattern forming for me!) it's about 4 young people who are bullied, how they handle it, how their lives are intertwined and how it all ends in a fury. When I got near the end I just could not stop reading. It showed how many forms of bullying our kids endure in school today and what it does to them. In the book the bullying not only came from other students but students were manipulated by adu ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This reminded me a lot of my high school days. Simliar to the Breakfast Club, only in print form, it follows 4 students (The golden boy, the "freak" boy, the Biracial girl who doesn't fit in, and the schemer with delsuions of granduer) through their school day on the anniversary of the murder of another classmate. As events spiral out of control throughout the day, they're all drawn together for a quite climactic ending. I was left wondering one thing though....what the heck was in Kurt's gym ba ...more
Gayle Swift
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this book interesting and fast paced.It focuses on the reality of high school life, the cliques, bullies and the relentless sress of being targeted by the gatekeepers of popularity.

The style is unique, poetic and spare.This supports the fast pace. The story unfolds through the voices of four characters. Sometimes it is not immediately clear which one is speaking.

The angst,the emotional rollercoaster and the violence create a flavor that is authentic high school.
Janice C
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING!!!! I love the characters in this book they made me LOL, and they are super interesting. I really love the fact that these four high school students that attend Rockville high school Ryan, Kurt, Tisha, and Floater have no idea each other even exists come together. I would recommend this book "Names Will Never Hurt me" to anyone that loves drama. But i wouldn't recommend this book to anyone that isn't very mature.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book jacket describes this as being a novel in "prose-poetry form." As I read, I could see this being a very powerful reader's theater type of deal. I felt like it was written in a very authentic voice, about very real issues for all too many young people. I really liked that it challenged assumptions along the way, as well.

I would have liked to know, however, what Kurt had in his gym bag...
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
a story of bullying in high school 4 students are followed in this book, showing the many different sides, and the negative aspects of its results. Good/sad
Deanna Reads Books
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been trying to find the title of this book forever! I really did enjoy this when I read it, like years ago. The multiple perspectives was a nice touch.
Allie Towe
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this was one of those books i could not put down. I read it years ago, and sometimes get that little "craving" to read it again : )
Angela Nickel
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You’ve probably been told not to judge a book by it’s cover. Or the saying sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Or you never know a good thing until it’s gone. Truth is you can’t judge a person by their appearance, or their actions because you don’t know what they’ve been through, even if it happened a long time ago, that still effects a person, still creates a person, still hurts a person.
Four different stories, four different lives. One person rising because of
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: okay-books
4 stars.

During one day at school, the paths of four teens will cross in ways that they have never imagined. Kurt is a "freek" who tries desperately to escape bullying. He has no friends, and his world is closed off to everybody. Tisha is a bi-racial half-white half-black girl. Constantly teased "A white girl with a never fading tan" and "Half n half", she decides to shrug it all off. Ryan is a star quarterback at school. But when he did something not quite by accident, his life spirals down the
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
One year has passed since the death of a fellow high school student.
This book takes you inside the lives of four high school seniors for one day. Ryan, The "Jock", who thinks he is everything, loves girls; yet faces an abusive dad. Kurt, The "Outcast", who always gets beat up; but keeps the anger bottled inside himself, while dealing with a neglecting family. Tisha, The "Bi-Racial, who's smart, has a best friend names Tiny and a good family; but faces racist remarks and actions by other student
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Talk about an intense read this one was. So you have 4 kids and the story revolves around them, the hatred they have to deal with and a day in their life. 2 are considered freaks and razzed to breaking point, 1 is a jock who has an over-controlling dad and one who uses his weazley smarts to put himself at the top of food chain rather than the bottom of it.

The story rotates between all 4 as they tell you their thoughts and actions in first person. How they're dealing till it all comes down with
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: high school students
Shelves: young-adult
This story takes place one year after a school shooting at Rockville High when a student was killed. It focuses on four students: Ryan Duncan, the quarterback; Kurt, an "outcast" who loves loud music and does his best to avoid bullies; Tisha, a biracial girl who gets picked on because she doesn't know if she "wants to be black or white"; and Mark a.k.a. Floater, the principal's snitch.

The novel takes place in one day and a lot happens in that 24 hours. This is a young adult novel and is a quick
A year after a student was shot on campus, reporters are on site at a suburban high school to see how students are dealing witht he aftermath. The story is told from the alternating perspective of four students: Kurt, who suffers daily at the hands of bullies; Ryan, a football hero with a dark secret; Tisha, a bi-racial girl who feels like she doesn't fit anywhere; Mark, an overweight boy who has become a snitch in exchange for protection from bullies.

As the tension builds throughout the day, t
Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookclub
This book was about four teenagers and their day at high school. They do know each other that much and they must come together to stop a tragedy.
I gave this book a 4 star b/c the ending was not what i expected. I thought that the ending would be more dire than what it really was. All in all, it was a good book, and if you like stories about cheaters, freaks, love(kinda), and a tatal-tail then I recommend this book.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Wow. Reading this as an adult, I just felt so darn badly for the principal in the story. Affirmed the fact that I do not want to be in administration! Told from the point of view of 4 teens, two and a half of whom are going through serious emotional episodes.
Sadly believable. High school is no place to stand out... and not much more fun if you fit in. Personal struggles, individual prejudices, and social pressures make for a surprise ending to this dark tale of intersecting lives.
Wintana Zerai
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
It had a good plot but the slow moving pace and sometimes confusing writing dragged it down.
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Excellent view of high school life and the stresses and pressures faced by a diverse group of students.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, ya-lit
I am giving this book two starts only because I read it a month ago, and can not remember hardly anything about it.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was good. I liked how it showed different points of views of how different kids dont fit in. It explained a lot about bullying. It give me the point of view of how kids are getting bullied.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not enough detail, and some of the most obvious questions did not have answers.
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Jaime Adoff was born in New York City but grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central State University in Ohio, where he studied drums and percussion. Moving to New York City in 1990, he attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied drums and voice. Jaime then went on to pursue a career in songwriting and fronted his own rock band for eight years. He r ...more
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