Sep 6, 2012
Author: Patty Blount
Source: From publisher for review
To keep his secrets, all he has to do is listen to the voice in his head and just walk away…
On his first day at his new high school, Dan stops a bully from beating up a kid half his size. He didn’t want to get involved. All he wants out of his senior year is to fly under the radar. But Dan knows what it’s like to be terrorized by a bully-he used to be one. Now the whole school thinks he’s some kind of hero, except Julie Murphy, the prettiest girl on campus. She looks at him like she knows he has a secret. Like she knows his name isn’t really Daniel.
Bullying is one of society’s largest issues that affect the daily lives of many teenagers around the world. It’s not often that we hear the story from a bully’s perspective; however, such a story is presented within Patty Blount’s debut novel, SEND.
The story unveils the consequences Dan faces after instigating a tragic cyber-bullying incident that lead to a student claiming his own life. SEND also reveals how this incident that had occurred in the past has affected his life throughout the years, right until he reaches adulthood.
Patty Blount should be commended for wonderfully incorporating raw emotions, sensitive themes, as well as engaging and relatable characters into this powerful storyline. Dan’s experiences felt real and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him as at times the storyline was quite overwhelming. Although Dan’s actions were unforgivable, all the years of self-loathing and torment changed his perspective on life and helped him grow as a character. Forgiveness isn’t something that can be granted overnight and it may never be given or received. What is most important is acknowledging the mistakes that were made and to work at improving oneself.
With strong subject matters such as Bullying, Suicide, Regret, and Forgiveness, readers will feel a wave of emotions surrounding the main characters in this truly powerful and emotional read.
I recommend SENDto teens and mature readers who enjoy Contemporary YA Fiction.
Must Read! Highly Recommended!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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