Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.
This week my pick is:
He says: You’re an awful person.
He says: What makes you think I would ever ask you out?
He says: The world would be a better place without you in it.
Lara just got told off on Facebook.
She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school’s homecoming dance. They’ve been talking online for weeks, so what’s with the sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse – are they true?
It’s been a long time since Lara’s felt this bad, this depressed, this ugly. She’s worked really hard to become pretty and happy – and make new friends after what happened in middle school.
Bree used to be best friends with overweight, depressed Lara, but constantly listening to Lara’s issues got to be too much. Secretly, Bree’s glad Christian called Lara out. Lara’s not nearly as amazing as people think. But no one realized just how far Christian’s harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree.
As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control, and not just for Lara. Because when the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.
BACKLASH is told from four perspectives, or two sets of siblings: Lara, her younger sister Sydney, Lara’s former friend Bree, and Bree’s younger brother Liam. My heart was breaking for all four of them as they describe what was going on in their lives.
I finished BACKLASH in one sitting as I just couldn’t stop flipping the pages. I had to know what was going to happen and was so emotionally invested in all the characters. It is filled with so many emotions. There is love, anger, sadness, healing, forgiveness, and learning how to let go of the past. What happened to Lara would send anyone over the edge and you learn how it not only effected her but her family as well.
There is also the bully and their family as well. It’s so sad to see how one stupid prank can change so many peoples lives. My heart broke not only for Lara but for her family as well as the family of the bully. It wasn’t fair what they went through because of what the bully did. I’m trying hard not to give anything away, but be prepared to feel all the feelings that I did.
I have never heard of or read Sarah Darer Littman but I love her now. She writes beautifully and with so much passion and feeling. I can’t wait to read her previous stories. I have already recommended BACKLASH to many readers and I know they are going to love it just like I do. BACKLASH is just that kind of story. We’ve all heard of cyber bullying but to have a birds eye view of what happens to the people involved, really makes you wonder how you would react if it happened to you or someone in your family. BACKLASH would make a great book club or classroom read. I can see great discussions about bullying and cyber bullying happening as teens, teachers, and parents read this book together. A must read to show words can hurt and there are consequences to our actions.