AUTHOR: Amanda Maciel
PUBLISHER: Balzer Bray
PUBLICATION DATE: 4/29/2014
BACK COVER SUMMARY: Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault.
At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that lead to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media.
In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment--and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Going into this book, I had no idea what it was about, other than there were bullies involved somehow. I feel bad for saying this, but I was just unimpressed with this book. There are so many stories about kids being bullied, but we don't really see the side of the bully very often. I feel like this book could have done so much more. It could have gone deeper into the lives of bullies and what has happened to them to make them feel the need to bully others. I honestly feel like nothing was accomplished during this book. There was no character growth and no resolution in my eyes.
CHARACTERS: The main character in this book made me so angry. The whole time, she didn't think she was doing anything wrong and she blamed the girl they were bullying for everything. Emma (the girl being bullied) did some things she shouldn't have, but Sara (the main character) and her friend Brielle just took things way too far. I really didn't like Brielle's character. She was so manipulative.
COVER: I fell in love with this cover. It's so shiny and beautiful. It definitely grabbed my attention and made me want to read the book.
**I received an ARC of this book from Amazon Vine for my honest review.