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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Spanning the course of several weeks, Santa; details the physical and emotional deterioration of June, a victim of severe bullying after she survives an attack by her classmates. With no one and nothing to trust but faith, she struggles with the idea that the human spirit may not exist.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by FoxDay (first published September 14th 2015)
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Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bullying, teens
The first half of this book was heartbreaking. I couldn't believe what June was going through and how some students can be so cruel. If this book wasn't inspired by real events, I would have wondered if this really happens to teenagers today. I guess I am not in touch with this crowd because my daughter is very young. Reading this novel was really an eye opener for me, and I think that's why the author probably wrote it. It couldn't have been easy to write about this subject.

I was engaged with t
Oct 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe how pathetically lame and predictable this book is.

First, June is bullied because she is size 8. On what planet is this book set? Is this a town full of people size 0-2 only? Size 8, people; this author thinks being size 8 is fat... moving on.

The captain of the football team and his friends are jerk. Has it ever been any other way in YA? Apparently, cute, nice, and popular don't belong together.

As customary in YA #1, June goes to a party that nobody invited her to, and... (inser
Sara Tickanen
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Read this review and more on my blog, The Reality of Books!

So. Santa; by Nicola Mar. What can I say about this book?

For starters, the semicolon in the title is totally intentional; it’s a nod to Project Semicolon, which is a nonprofit organization that seeks to give hope and love to people who struggle with depression, self-injury, and suicide. Read more about them here:

I guess that paragraph pretty much sums up what this bo
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first book of many that I will review. Here is my website:

*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Santa is a novel about a young woman in high school who was suffering from severe bullying. Not only do horrible, physical things happen to her during a party that she was not invited to (because she’s not “hot”), but things about her are posted online.

I was first drawn to this book because of the cover. My first thoug
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
We all know kids can be cruel & while this book is about bullying it's much more than that.

June is a high school student. She's a little chubbier & plainer looking than her bestie and because of that deals with the name calling and such from the other kids in school. Due to the friendship however, she goes beyond her boundaries and attends a party where there is drinking. June is left on her own as her friend disappears and finds herself very drunk. Being that she snuck out of the house and had
Turkan Taskin
Firstly, I would like to thank Nicola Mar and her publisher for kindly providing me a physical copy of this book, I really appreciate it. Going into Santa;, I didn't know what to really expect; all I knew was that it was about bullying. So I was quite surprised to also find that rape also plays a big part in this book. I think my main problem was that I felt that Santa; wasn't very different or original to the ample amount of other books out there that also deal with heavy topics, such as bullyi ...more
Paula  Phillips
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though this book is called Santa, it doesn't have to do with Christmas and unfortunately it isn't a cheery and happy story. I will pre-warn you readers , that if you find rape and bullying stories hard to stomach then this isn't the story for you. Santa brings us right into that sad world of what happens when a girl is raped and the guys are the rulers of the school and she becomes the girl who cried wolf. This story starts when two friends Alice and June head to a party . Alice is the pretty o ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book centers around June, a teenager who is cyberbullied after she is assaulted. Her bullies torment her so much that she isolates herself and feels like she has no other choice but to commit suicide. The book is based on the experiences of three girls whose stories went viral after they committed suicide due to bullying.

I applaud the author for taking on such a hard topic and making June seem very real. I cried through parts of the beginning because I felt so connected to June, as if I wer
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a woman, and as a mom I found this to be a difficult read but I suppose that speaks in favor of how realistic this story feels. Santa is the tale of a teen girl who is bullied both in person and over the internet, attacked, assaulted, raped and shamed to the point that she would rather die than live another day this way. It could have easily been taken from the headlines and was in fact inspired by such headlines. Schools claim a zero tolerance policy and yet they apply such policies to littl ...more
Amberlynn Kelch
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Santa; By Nicola is how can I say?, is an awesome slice of life! Being a victim of bullying I could relate to June. The name may sound funny for a title, but this novel is not something light hearted it is a very serious novel. If you have read Speak you will love this. If I could rate this novel higher than five stars I would. I love this novel so much, I hope you all give Santa; a chance. I would like to thank Nicola Mar for sending me this amazing book I look forward to reading more of her bo ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
**3.5 stars***

Alright, so I just finished this book last night and it was a quick read. I read it for about 20 minutes for a few nights and finished it. I’d like to thank the publisher for reaching out and offering to send me a hard copy, I enjoy reading with my book light and actually having a book in my hand once in a while. It’s also easier to pass on to another person. First off, this book was definitely not for my age group. This was made for younger girls experiencing puberty and having tr

Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that I wished I could reach inside it and pull some of the characters out. The main character June, I wanted to grab her into my arms and comfort her while her tormentors; I can’t even print on this review what I wanted to do to them. It’s been days since I read this novel, yet the image of what occurred in these pages still sits on my mind as I know it occurs every day, somewhere and no one says anything. Not everyone reports this behavior, not everyone understands t ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs
June is living a difficult life. She lives with her mother after her father left them years ago to move to North Carolina and what upsets her the most is her weight. She's overweight and is the joke at her high school. Her best friend Alice is the only person she has, but yet Alice is tiny and June wonders just what Alice sees in her. One night, Alice convinces June to sneak out of her house to attend a party. June knows she isn't invited, but Alice assures her everything will be okay. They arri ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook from in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The cover drew me in first, and the name - I thought maybe this was going to be a book about someone who was bullied and wrote to santa. It was not. It was about a young girl who gets raped, bullied, and tries to commit suicide. I thought this was a fairly realistic story and portrayal of how people can get bullied in this particular situation. I thought the book had an overall positive message
Terri Robinette
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to say "I really liked this book" when it is a book about rape, potential suicide and cyber bullying. The book provides a raw and gritty view of the horror of rape and the depression that often follows the event. For the main character, June, being a teenager has not been easy. She has struggled with her weight, creating insecurity and bearing the brunt of bullying. Then one night, it all took a terrible turn for the worse. She was raped by several popular boys at a party. Only to ret ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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Codie Wright
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t be fooled by the cheerful title of this book, the story is anything but! Following the story of June, who is cruelly assaulted by “the popular kids” at school, and the horrific bullying that comes of a result of some compromising pictures, leading June to think that there is only one way out… At times, this book is hard to read in its realness, but it really is a well-written story and allows you to reassess your own thoughts and feelings. Also, 10% of the sales are being donated to Projec ...more
Denise MacDonald
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a short, quick read but quite powerful. The author takes you inside the mind of a teen who experiences rape and is then bullied about it after the rapist's release misleading photos of the act. It is difficult to read but considering what is happening today in the world of teenagers, it is also accurate, as disturbing as that is to say. I think it would have held a more powerful punch if the endi
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

I applaud the author for not only tackling a difficult subject like this, but for also being such a strong supporter of Project Semicolon.

The book was pretty well-written, and it was a quick read. There was a whole lot going on, and most of it was a little too weird for my taste. The Santa thing, while I understand where the author was coming from, was rather bizarre in the way it was written.

I do appreciate that the novel shows that even at your darkest point, things do get better.

Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very hard subjec to read about but a well written story. In the society of camera phones and social media Bullying is probably at its most evil, hanging around for years or indefinatly and the effects as in the story could be devistating. This book will be one to have easily accessible on the shelf for my kids and nieces and nephews to read when they are older.
Read InAGarden
June is the victim of a brutal gang rape and then pictures of the rape are shared on a website. She tries to hide the rape and bullying from her mother and it makes the situation worse. As the bullying escalates, June stops communicating with her friends and attempts suicide. Neither the book or characters feel fully developed but the book would probably be appropriate for reluctant readers.
Laura Bolinger
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping tale that every teenage girl should read. Very gritty but honest perspective of a sexual assault and the after effects from it. Although it is of sensitive material, it is tastefully done with inspirational advice. I applaud this title and will definately recommend!
Lesli Kraft
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a touching yet heart breaking story centered around rape and bullying. Very emotional read that brings to light many scenarios that happen all too often. I would definitely recommend this book but to those that can handle strong subject matter. I shed quite a few tears while reading this.
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Nicola Mar was raised on the island of St. Maarten, where her first short story was published at age seven. She is currently the author of five books, including three poetry collections, and several short stories.

Nicola resides in New York City with her two Shiba Inus.



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