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4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  2,701 Ratings  ·  524 Reviews
He says: You're an awful person.
He says: What makes you think I would ever ask you out?
He says: The world would be a better place without you in it.

Lara just got told off on Facebook.

She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. They've been talking online for weeks, so what's with the sudden change? And where
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Scholastic Press
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Andrea Trenary My first thought was actually of Megan Meier, but that's probably becuase I recently watched the episode about her on the show "Web Of Lies" (I…moreMy first thought was actually of Megan Meier, but that's probably becuase I recently watched the episode about her on the show "Web Of Lies" (I believe it was on YouTube if anyone wants to see it.)(less)
Rachel It is about cyberbullying. However, I am in the middle of reading it and so far it's very well written in the mindset of teens. Give it a chance.
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Mar 09, 2016 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Paige Bookdragon
While reading this book I had to stop and look up the author. I was sure I was reading a book written by a teenager. She is not. But I'm telling you, she plops the reader down into the heads of four teenagers and it's a scary place.

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Lara, the oldest daughter of a political mom who wants that perfect family. Lara was overweight in middle school and bullied for it. Called Lardo and Lardosaurus she went to counseling and was doing somewhat better. She made the cheerleading squad and was talking on
Paige  Bookdragon
"Band-aids don't fix bullet holes."

-Taylor Swift

(You'll get why I use Taylor's Bad Blood quote after you read the book :) )

There are books that you have to recommend because it was just plain awesome or maybe because it was a total mind-fuck and it was a wrecking your emotions.
But there books that you just have to recommend because the message it's telling us is too important to ignore.

Backlash is that book. It talks about bullying (on or off in cyberspace) and I know that I don't need to tel
BookOwl BookOwl

Guys this was so good. I could not out it down until I was finished. I mean damn! You guys need to read this.

This deals with some real issues that people, especially teenagers are struggling with.

Cyber-bullying is the most important theme here.
Everyone whose anyone has a Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account, you name it we know it. I know everyone whether directly or indirectly has been apart of this growing epidemic. It's either we've liked a status, shared it or worse post it.
It's sickeni
Kelly Hager
Sep 30, 2014 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read the synopsis for this, you're probably thinking that it sounds like an After School Special, right? Or like a cheesy Lifetime movie, one that will probably involve suicide, a trial, a ton of uber-preachy lectures about bullying (both online and in real life) and lots of tears? Lots and lots of tears?

Here's the thing about Sarah Darer Littman's books: she can take a hot button topic and make you feel sympathy for everyone involved. And she can take what would be a complete train wreck
Nov 30, 2016 Jaden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Backlash is an okay book, I'm glad I'm done with it. I found myself at times putting it down and not wanting to pick it up, but then other times I never wanted to put down. The book at times almost made me angry with the characters with what they would say/do. The author did a great job with the book, but I am sill undecided about if I like the book.
Norah Una Sumner
27.05.2015 I have a feeling that Marco Mengoni and Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman will make a good mix. =)



Real rating: 2.5

Yeah...Marco Mengoni was so much better than this book.
The main problem with this book is that I couldn't connect to or relate to any of the characters:

••There's Lara,who is bullied by this guy Christian on Facebook and who was really depressed in middle school-she decides to take her own life by taking pills.I understand that she was hurt but taking her own lif
Jeff Raymond
I really want to dismiss this outright as a ham-fisted after school special of sorts, but even adult novels are filled with blunt force cautionary tales, so it's really not fair to single out this young adult title about cyberbullying.

Based on some true stories regarding cyberbullies convincing teens to kill themselves or act out, this story takes place over multiple points of view, both from the aggressor, the victim, and family members of both. The pacing is quick, and the story ultimately was
Kelly Mclean
Sep 08, 2015 Kelly Mclean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so realistic that it was practically taken from the pages of the newspaper. Shows the way that social media can be taken too far and destroy not only one life, but the lives of everyone around them. I really could not put this one down.

Sorry, I just cannot find myself giving this book a pass. I realize it's about cyberbullying, and that is important. No argument there. What bothers me is:

1. The author writes in a very pedestrian and childish manner. It's poorly done at best. Writing prose out of dialog with "like" peppering everything is not right. Teenagers may talk that way, but that doesn't mean they think that way. Furthermore, most teenagers can understand their own actions and speak normally.
Rebecca McNutt
Cyberbullying is just one more reason why cellular phones shouldn't exist. I've never owned a cell phone and I have no reason to want one anytime soon, either. Anyway, this book is standard anti-bullying novel, but it takes form in the world of the social media website Facebook. Similar to the 2011 film Cyberbully and the 2013 film Social Nightmare, the story follows a group of kids, Christian, Lara and Bree, and when Christian shares nasty comments online, neither he nor Bree have any idea the ...more
Zachary Gonzalez
May 15, 2015 Zachary Gonzalez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, This book is complete shit plot wise. The writing, charterers, diction, etc were all fine and did not bother me one bit but the story was shit. 200 pages of this book follow the perils of a teenage girl and her cyber-bully (Don't even get me started on the bitch of the lady that the bullies mother was). The book does do a good job at explaining cyber-bullying and its affect on young woman, however, the book had a piss poor ending. I read this entire book just to learn that the bully an ...more
I have never heard of or read Sarah Darer Littman but I love her now. She writes beautifully with so much passion and feeling. I can't wait to read her previous stories. I have already recommended BACKLASH to many readers and I know they are going to love it just like I do. It is just that kind of story. We've all heard of cyber bullying but to have a birds eye view of what happens to the people involved, really makes you wonder how you would react if it happened to you or someone in your family ...more
Als Lara die Worte auf ihrem Computerbildschirm sieht, bricht ihre Welt zusammen. Ein Junge, in den sie sich verliebt hat, schrieb öffentlich auf ihre Pinnwand "Die Welt wär besser ohne dich!". Alle ihre Facebook-Freunde haben es gesehen. Verzweifelt schließt sie sich im Bad ein, wird darauf hin in der Badewanne gefunden und ins Krankenhaus gebracht. Sie hat versucht sich mit einer Medikamentenüberdosis das Leben zu nehmen.

Das Thema des Buches 'Cybermobbing' fand ich schon immer sehr interessant
Helen Stower
This book is a cautionary tale that delves into the very topical issue of cyberbullying. It is the story of Lara, who befriends a boy she doesn't know personally. Full of insecurities, Lara is very flattered when this "hot" boy from a nearby school asks to be her friend on Facebook. His attention increases, and Lara finds herself fantasising about meeting him until he rejects her in a very public post and many of the kids at Lara's school 'like' the post.

The repercussions of inappropriate online
HNGC Library
Read as part of an assignment. Viral bullying is an important topic for bibliotherapy but this book really felt like an 1980's era after school T.V. special.
Lauren AKA randomfreckles

I am really surprised by how high the rating is on this book, because it seemed to integrate every trope it could in the plot, and I don't think I am saying that in a positive way to be honest. This book was filled with bad parents, stereotypical mean girls, and the misunderstood sibling. It had it all. Before I rant about this topic for ages, I'll get into the actual review, because that's what you are here for, not for me ranting about one
May 07, 2015 Raven_Blake rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary, 2015
I just picked it up due to the cute cover and the intriguing synopsis, and I didn't expected much from it either.Simply I just liked this book but I didn't loved it that much. It was really a thought provoking story and related to cyber bullying happening now a days.

What I liked most about this book was the moral of the story and it also shows that, how by taking certain actions can effect each people in your life whether they are family,friends or the people you may know.It seemed very realisti
Feb 03, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
Grade: A-

When Lara tries to kill herself after a nasty online breakup, her next door neighbor and former best friend Bree videos her being wheeled on a stretcher into the ambulance and posts the clip on Facebook. Told through Lara's, her sister Sydney's, Bree and her brother Liam's points of view BACKLASH is a cautionary tale about online bullying and it's unintended consequences.

Sarah Darer Littman brilliantly crafted a timely story that will appeal to both teens and tweens drawing upon some re
Megan Tonn
Mar 09, 2015 Megan Tonn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was an incredibly powerful book that tackles an issue that we hear the devastating effects of far too frequently today: cyber bullying. My heart broke not just for Lara, but also for Bree, Sydney, and Liam. Hearing the story from all 4 of these characters helps the reader explore his/her own thoughts about the situation, while also becoming increasingly disgusted with the mothers in the book. I binge read this book in an afternoon, because I had to know how the situation was going to r ...more
Diamond Simmons
Oct 05, 2015 Diamond Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I an on page 300 of Backlash. Lara met who she thought was christain Dewitt on Facebook. She fell in love with him. Then soon after Lara thought he was going to ask her to his school dance Lara saw what he had posted on her wall. He said that the world would be a better place with out her. After reading this Lara tried to commit suicide. When Lara got out of the hospital and the police got a case going for Lara they found that Lara's ex-best friend Bree was the one posing as Christain on Faceboo ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Mikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sally Kruger
BACKLASH is the best book involving cyber-bullying I have read. Author Sarah Darer Littman captures the crazy madness and destructive behavior that results when teens and even adults act without thought to the devastating consequences of those actions.

After living through years of being bullied due to her weight, Lara takes control, loses weight, and has just earned a spot on the varsity cheerleading squad. Her family was concerned about her depression and fragile emotional state during her midd
Update: ALL of my students are begging me for this book. GARRRGH. ONE COPY.

Adult readers will probably find this book too simplistic and moralizing. My five star review reflects how excited I am to add this book to a classroom library for seventh grade readers.

What I enjoyed about this book:

1. Instant cover appeal.

2. Cyberbullying is an important, timely, relevant topic that's at the tip of my students' tongues, even moreso than trying to decide whether Maxon or Aspen is a more appropriate long
Kellie Wagner
Sep 17, 2015 Kellie Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing and PASSIONATELY disliking Thirteen Reasons Why, this book was a breath of fresh air.

Let me get one thing straight before we begin. The message this book is showing us is just too important for our society to ignore anymore. This novel takes on bullying —more importantly, it talks about the effects of bullying. Now, I have seen countless books drone on about how bullying is mean, and how the victim is affected ...but what about the people around them? How are they affected? And w
Dec 11, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every person who has social media accounts should read this. And, it should be required for 5th grade and up!
Enough said.
Jul 18, 2016 Sanjana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book in a book store when my sister was shopping for CLOTHES.

eye roll

I have never read a book revolving around cyber bulling before this one.It started out quite depressing. I found all the characters annoying but for some reason I still enjoyed it. It was probably the pleasure of knowing I'm better person (there I said it) then most of the characters in the book. (except maybe Liam)

I'm awesome

As the story progressed I started liking it more and more even though some of the characters idiocy surp
Jillian Heise
A timely and important story about the lead up to and aftermath of a cyberbullying incident that ends with an attempted suicide. This is a story that is important for adolescents to read, and is written in a way that will be engaging for them so they will want to read it. There is a lot of emotion, drama, and family issues dealt with in this one book, but it deals with all of the repercussions of the actions and choices of the involved parties. One of the things I liked the best was that the boo ...more
Jul 11, 2016 Addison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I can't begin to describe how amazing this book was! The character development alone of those involved in the cyber bullying is remarkably insightful. This a great book to teach that all actions have consequences and thinking before doing is very important. A great book for young adults to read!
It was very good!

I LOVE it! It was very good! It teaches you a lesson how you should be careful of the social media you use.
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Sarah Darer Littman is the award-winning author of CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC, PURGE, LIFE, AFTER, WANT TO GO PRIVATE? and the upcoming CHARMED, I'M SURE and IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. In addition to writing for teens, she is a columnist the website She lives in Connecticut, in a house that never seems to have enough bookshelves.

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“Elmo is telling kids about how great it is to share. Oh, Elmo, you poor, deluded little red fur ball. You don’t have a clue, do ya, li’l buddy? Kids are way meaner than Muppets.” 3 likes
“You look like a drug addict,” Mom says. “It washes you out completely.” “Wow. Thanks, Mom,” I tell her, swallowing the lump her words bring up in my throat. “I can always count on you to build up my self-confidence.” “Would you feel better if I lied to you?” Mom asks. “Okay, fine. You look like Miss America. There, happy?” 2 likes
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