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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 ...more
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: http://www.projectsemicolon.org
I guess that paragraph pretty much sums up what this bo ...more
*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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Nicola resides in New York City with her two Shiba Inus.
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