Genres: Young Adult
Main themes: Bullying, Mental Health
Rating: 2.5 stars
The opening chapter of Every Ugly Word was both bold and gripping, and is what convinced me to give the book a try. The story starts off with main character Ashley, sitting in the office of her doctor- she’s on a psychiatric ward and is hoping that this meeting will prove that she’s well enough to go home. But why was she first admitted? Well, readers learn that whenever Ashley looks into a mirror- she doesn’t see a reflection of herself, but her older, adult self. As she finally opens up about her past, we learn about Ashley’s upsetting story of how bullying can push people into a very dark place. Read more
Genres: Historical Fiction, Children
Main themes: Bullying, Racism
Rating: 2 stars
Note: I was sent a copy of this story by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Both Lisa and Miss Loomis are anxious about the upcoming school year ahead, and it’s not hard to understand why.
When Lisa was a baby, she had an operation to remove a cleft lip and palate. The operation left a scar, as well as one side of her nose being slightly flattened. Now, 11 year old Lisa’s appearance is the reason why she’s bullied by two cruel boys in her grade. Alternately, Miss Loomis is the first African-American to teach at the all-white Wyatt state school. However, she becomes a victim to the very same boys who bully Lisa. Not only that, Miss Wyatt is treated as an outcast by practically everyone, and is subject to overt and covert racism.
Colorblind follows these two characters, both victims, as they try to survive the school year. Read more