Every educator from k through graduate school should read this book. It is fiction but the core message is not.
The book is especially a valuable 'read' for elementary and secondary teachers. It could persuade teachers to be more vigilant about stopping the bullies in their schools.
parents ,choose this book.it is well written. i hung on to every word.The characters could be your children.It is enlightening and forces me to really listen carefully to my sons and watch for signs of happiness and downward moods.I tried to absorb every thought.Great book that really touches your heart. It will make you appreciate your children,your family,and friends.I will listen to this again. I enjoyed this emotional book and have purchased other books by the author
Powerful read. I just finished the book 2 days after the VA Tech disaster. The author does a wonderful job in explaning both sides of this horrible situation.
This was not my favorite of her books by far. Generally, she keeps me sort of guessing until the end and has me in complete tears. I was not as impressed with this book as I have been with some of her others but I did enjoy it.
I think this is her best book yet! i haven't finished it yet and already don't want it to end. The subject of bullying is very interesting, made me think back to my high school days and boy, could I identify with all the characters. It was, sadly, like that in high school. Highly recommend this book.
- Disappointing, certainly not worth the money
- a couple of interesting twists, but
- lack of character depth, but mostly
- poor understanding of the emotional impact on family with troubled teens
Very little new insight into the causes of school shootings. Nothing you haven't heard before. The bulk of the book is spent on the relationship between two self-absorbed characters; the judge and her daughter. Neither of whom I had much sympathy for. The book is long and unimpressive and too long a wait for the surprise ending.
I thought this book was a total waste of time. It felt like the author was capitalizing on the topic of school shootings. If she had a point it wasn't developed. The characters were very weak. It seems that the author wants empathy for about every character she creates, yet even in the 20 hours of listening she doesn't create one believable person. I also thought she wrote this book with a thesauresus.