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Publisher Comments:

A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.

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"High school junior Noelle is growing up in poverty with a neglectful mother. At school she is the target of bullies who tease her about her sad lunches, corner her in the bathroom, and even shoot her with paintballs. She has even considered suicide, but after another school outcast does kill herself, Noelle realizes, 'I can make a choice to do more than just survive. Which is why I'm going to start shaping my life into the one I want.' With the help of a support network that includes a best friend who has her own problems, an artistic new boyfriend, and a teacher, she begins to do just that. The topic of bullying is perennially timely, but Colasanti's (Waiting for You) characters are rather two-dimensional, particularly Noelle's too cruel mother and overly perfect friends. Likewise, Noelle's transition from outcast to advocate, while inspiring, is perhaps too sudden. Even so, this is a fast read that will give readers plenty to think about and a list of resources to tap into if they need them. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Gillian MacKenzie, Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Susane Colasanti is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, and Waiting for You. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school Physics and Earth Science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670012251
Author:
Colasanti, Susane
Publisher:
Viking Children's Books
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to AND UP

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Children's » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Bullying
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Friendship
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance
Young Adult » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "High school junior Noelle is growing up in poverty with a neglectful mother. At school she is the target of bullies who tease her about her sad lunches, corner her in the bathroom, and even shoot her with paintballs. She has even considered suicide, but after another school outcast does kill herself, Noelle realizes, 'I can make a choice to do more than just survive. Which is why I'm going to start shaping my life into the one I want.' With the help of a support network that includes a best friend who has her own problems, an artistic new boyfriend, and a teacher, she begins to do just that. The topic of bullying is perennially timely, but Colasanti's (Waiting for You) characters are rather two-dimensional, particularly Noelle's too cruel mother and overly perfect friends. Likewise, Noelle's transition from outcast to advocate, while inspiring, is perhaps too sudden. Even so, this is a fast read that will give readers plenty to think about and a list of resources to tap into if they need them. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Gillian MacKenzie, Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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