February 21, 2013

Bullying victim

by Shane L. Koyczan

The unnamed narrator of this novel-in-verse is being bullied. There is no reason given for the bullying other than the narrator's obesity. He mentions a troubled backstory involving his absent mother, but he doesn't really understand it, so he can't provide details. But he definitely lacks the confidence to defend himself. He quietly endures, with anger simmering inside him. Reprieve is offered with a change of schools, but it's only temporary. He ends up turning into a bully himself. 

An intense novel that offers no answers. 

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