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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,223 ratings  ·  273 reviews
When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School. A good student and natural athlete, she’s immediately welcomed by the school’s cliques. She’s even nominated to the homecoming court and begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn’s bi ...more
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Published June 30th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 12th 2015)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
When I started reading this book I completely and totally hated it. I kept thinking I shouldn't dnf another book since I had already done so that day. Thank the book goddess that I kept reading.
Now why am I giving five stars to a book that I'm going to rant about? Because this book makes you feel things. Not necessarily good things, but you can't help but feel something.

The book reads from the point of view of "we". The reader never learns who the "we" of the book are, but that makes it even mor
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 Stars!!

“She was thin before, and she was thinnier now—we tried to get the guys to say it was gross, to say that they liked to have something to hold on to. But they didn’t say much and deep down, or maybe not even that deep, we wanted her body to be ours. To know what it would be like to be that light, to be that invisible, to be weightless—that was something we wanted to know.“

‘Weightless’ was a gut wrenching, though-provoking story that moved me so much I can’t even describe. It
WOW... what an excellent novel. Powerful stuff.

At first I was kind of annoyed with the book, but after a few chapters I was no longer annoyed, I was hooked. I think this might be the first book I've read that's written in first person plural. While it was very different at first, it ended up working really well for the story.

New girl, Carolyn has just moved to a small town in Alabama, where gossip runs rampant, especially in High school. At first 15-year-old, Carolyn fits in easily, making fri
4.5 stars

Out of the almost 700 books I have rated and reviewed on Goodreads, Weightless emerges as the best book I have read about bullying. I loved the prose, hated the characters, and by the end of the story I started to question my own complicity in the cruelty I have witnessed within my own life. I may have finished high school two years ago, but this book brought that time of my life back like an unforgiving roundhouse kick to the heart.

Carolyn Lessing is the girl everyone wants to be. Born
Liz Barnsley
Well Jeez Louise, what a darkly unrelenting, brilliantly emotional and utterly authentic book that was. This one incidentally is another one that author Louise O Neill insisted I read - yep thanks Louise. As with "Bright Places" you've managed to find me another story that has left me emotionally traumatised. You and I are going to fall out (keep 'em coming)

So "Weightless" then deals in a unique way with the subject of bullying in the modern era, but it is so much more than that. A picture of li
“We were young and hopeful and beautiful and fearless, for just a few seconds,"

Weightless by Sarah Bannan

"We couldn’t talk – the sound of the wind was too much -and once we reached a certain height, after the people below us became unrecognizable, and after it was impossible to tell what was the person and what was the building, after that we held our breath, not wanting to add any weight or bring us closer to the ground: we wanted to be up high forever".

Weightless by Sarah Bannan

I do not know e
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adamsville, Alabama is the sought place where not much happens. Part of America's Bible belt, the town loves Christianity and it's Junior football teams. It's a place that likes to prides itself on it's moral and community spirit, but will be shown to be a bunch of hypocrites after the arrival of an outsider and a terrible tragedy forces it to look deep inside it's soul.

When Carolyn Lessing and her mother move to the town from New Jersey the kids at the local high school are fascinated. To the n
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Ok.... I HATE, HATE, HATED the beginning of this book. I'm too old to listen to whiny, snobby, teenage gossip since this book is told in first person plural. I only kept reading to find out "the incident". Ahhh.....then it came together and made sense. Unpleasant, important topic that needs to be addressed and unfortunately happens in urban, suburban, and rural high schools. ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about teenage bullying.

But, wait, don't stop there.

It's really just a book about life as a teenager in a small Southern town. Period. I've been a teenager in a small Southern town. This could be my life (OK, fine, I haven't been a teenager for decades.). It's not a sermon on bullying. It's just a slice of life in a particular time in a particular place, I think. And that's the genius of it....because I walked away not really knowing how I would have felt at sixteen and not even
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Weightless was dark, confronting and enthralling read, where the reader is told Carolyn's story via a group of unnamed girls. They gossip, speculate and form their story and opinions on hearsay, making for a dangerous and disturbing read. Carolyn in the new girl in a small town where no one ever moves to. All they have is their appearances and prayer, rallying behind their local football team where the boys never do no wrong. They all attend church, where
This is a DNF (did not finish) review.

There's plenty of 5 star reviews of this book, so go ahead and check them out.
I tried to read this book a few times. I really did. It just didn't call to me. I was bored. Nothing happened.

I'm sure that if I kept reading, something would have grabbed me, however, I just didn't have the patience.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin for a review copy of this book.
Trish at Between My Lines
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The words that sprang to mind when I finished this book was devastatingly brilliant.  It’s a must-read even if will make you hate the direction that society seems to heading in.  So many of the characters are shallow and empty and will make you ragey.  But it’s an important book that tackles a difficult topic in a very readable, attention-grabbing way.

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"They came out in groups of three, wear
Steph Jury
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Very average in my opinion. Not a page turner and nothing major happens throughout the whole book. I liked the narrative from the 'plural first person' but at times I think a regular first person would have been beneficial to engaging more with the story. Idk. This just wasn't as good and unique as everyone made it out to be. Cyber bullying is a growing problem and I don't think Weightless adequately covered it. ...more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This book was nothing like I thought it would be. Even though it's a fairly depressing subject matter, I really enjoyed it and rattled through it in less than a day (can you tell I'm on my Easter break??) It had been on my reading list for a while and when I finally got around to picking it up I'd kind of forgotten what it was about.

I've pasted an abridged blurb above as it pretty much encapsulates the story. However, I would point out that the video that was circulated wasn't of Carolyn and Sha
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared- this book will probably spark a lot of debate, which will likely place this book on hundreds of school reading lists. It'll be on this list for a good reason. While there are books out there that deal with the subjects of online bullying, school bullying, and peer pressure, I haven't really read many that approach it in the way that this has. This review will have some slight spoilers because in order to describe why I loved this so much I'll have to spoil one or two small things. D ...more
Weightless has some serious issues that can't be written about enough. I was literally sick to my stomach throughout the book with the way these kids, and the adults, acted. Not only with the bullying, but there was also racial discrimination among other things that made me cringe. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking how vain and ignorant these people were. How ridiculous it was that they valued materialistic things and in their twisted and oblivious minds believed that it was okay to t ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, ya
Actions speak louder than words, the old saying goes. Through the way this book is structured the author has tried to demonstrate this maxim. The way this book is written is quite unusual. We never get to know who the narrator is, or anything about her. Rather the book is made up of the observations of the narrator, supplemented with Facebook posts, Carolyn's school assignments, and other documentation.

One of the interesting things about how the author has written this book, is that the narrato
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read “Weightless”. You are most likely not going to enjoy it. It will make you uncomfortable. If you are an adult, it will probably make you uncomfortable from two perspectives. Read it anyway.

“Weightless” is written in first person singular, with the narrator never being identified aside from their inclusion through the use of “we.” This is very difficult to pull off, but works perfectly in this situation. At the beginning of the book, you already get the sense that you do not
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So powerful!

This book destroyed me. It absolutely destroyed me. Try not to read this book in public! It is NOT emotion friendly. I finished it this morning and I still can't get Carolyn out of my head. The way Weightless is written packs one hell of a punch. We never get to know the narrator - not really. The book is written in a format that you never really get to know any of the characters. The narrator refers to herself as 'we'. This book has created an unreliable narrator at her best. I foun
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book made me feel completely uncomfortable, because for many it will hit too close to home, whether you were part of the problem, the bystander or the victim. And what makes this novel even worse, is the fact that the victim here is a popular, beautiful girl who made enemies with the wrong people in high school.

It is an incredible and beautiful novel on a horrible subject: bullying. It is written completely in the first person plural, making it an unusual, yet completely invoking novel. Th
Jackie McMillan
Aug 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well after stealing the perspective idea from The Virgin Suicides, this author didn't really do much of note with it. You hear from an unnamed group of bystanders about how they watched a girl bullied literally to death. You know very early how it's going to end.

The only likeable character is the girl being bullied. You read her school essays in lieu of actual character development.

You don't learn anything good about bullying - the bystanders literally continue to blame the girl, and seem rese
Stacey (prettybooks)
Mean Girls meets The Virgin Suicides. Maybe Pretty Little Liars without the murder? Okay, enough comparisons. I loved delving into the world of a high school I'd have never wanted to attend. ...more
Don't know what to make of this book. Fucked up teenagers and appalling adults. A town with serious problems and priorities. A part of me doesn't want to believe bullying of this nature can happen. That people let it happen. Another part of me sadly knows this isn't true. Full review to come. ...more
Rainy Rose
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book carry such a heavy message. The first chapters of this book are quite boring for me. I tried to figure out who "we" refers to. As the story escalated, I guess they were Nicole, Lauren and Jessica. But then, when I reached the middle of the book, I guess "we" can be refers to the others. The bystanders, the ones aside the characters mentioned, the ones who watched the events unrolled. "We" can also be all of us.

I felt quite helpless reading this book because I became one of those "we"
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review with giveaway and author guest post:

This is a book that should be read by high school students and their parents. It highlights not only the damage that can be done by bullying – face to face or online, but also how damaging it can be to sit on the sidelines and say nothing. Enough of the preaching, let’s get onto the story.

Carolyn Lessing arrives in Adamsville, Alabama during a prep rally, allowing the student body to check her out. She’s pretty,
Suze Lavender
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adamsville is a town where everything has been the same for years. Nothing happens and many generations of the same families have lived there. Adams High is a school where the popular kids are having an almost royal status. It hardly ever happens that there's a new kid in town. When Carolyn Lessing moves to Adamsville something does change all of a sudden. Carolyn is pretty, she's artistic, she's smart and she's athletic, she has it all. The guys want to date her and the girls want to be like he ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never have I read a book that has provoked such visceral, frustrated and angry emotions, Weightless broke my heart into a million pieces. It follows the story of Carolyn, who can only be described as the main protagonist because the events connected to her drive the narrative to it's tragic conclusion, we, the reader, never truly capture her personality and depth, and that is the point of this spectacular, bold piece of writing.

This is American High School, this is teenagers and this is bullying
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was expecting something revelatory from this book, what with the fawning reviews from the likes of Colum McCann on the cover. Instead, all I got was a retelling of the Phoebe Prince case, only with the Phoebe stand-in getting all nuance sucked out of her and turned into an unbelievably perfect, flawless angel (view spoiler). The students apparently have no other hobbies except talking about Carolyn, and her cl ...more
Sammi McSporran
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Weightless through Goodreads First Reads.

This is a powerful, mesmerisingly terrible story focusing on bullying within a high school. I will say here that I found the subject matter hit a little too close to home, I was friends with a girl exactly like Carolyn when I was 16. Thankfully her story had a happier ending, but I did find myself feeling quite queasy reading things that were so personal to my life on paper. I would not recommend this book for anyone wh
Weightless is yet another YA book about bullying taken to an extreme, destructive level. But unlike many of the other books out there, it does offer something new: a first person plural perspective. You're never actually told who the narrator is, and this is overall actually a pretty good decision by the author: it makes it chillingly realistic- anyone, absolutely anyone, could be watching these events unfold and doing nothing about it. It's never "I", it's always "we"- a group of people who sta ...more
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Sarah Bannan was born in 1978 in upstate New York. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 and then moved to Ireland, where she has lived ever since. She is the Head of Literature at the Irish Arts Council and lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.


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“We were young and hopeful and beautiful and fearless, for just a few seconds, and it made us smile, until we heard the murmuring behind us, and we moved to the side of the gym and took our phones and our mirrors and our lip glosses out of our purses, and we checked to make sure everything was in place.” 0 likes
“We grew up too fast, that’s what they told us. We moved too quickly. Had too much sex, took too many drugs, drank too much. They didn’t have a clue, we said, but we looked around, and wondered if what they said was true. We knew everything about everyone, and it was hard to outrun our childhoods, hard to do enough stuff to make people forget about the time you peed your pants in second grade, the time you cried when your mother forgot to pack your lunch, the time you puked at the end of PE. We did what we could. We tried to make people forget.” 0 likes
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