by Amanda Maciel
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Pub Date: April 29 2014
Genre: Young Adult
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From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.
Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.
My Review: This book starts off strong with Sara being questioned about Emma. Emma this girl who had hung herself, has now caused more problems for Sara and her friend Brielle. Emma had come to the school with the looks and rep of being the girl who sleeps with everyone. the girls haven't treated Emma that well, but her death was her own.
Sara can't go out without the world giving her problems about what happened. She can't talk to her friend or her boyfriend, which is complicated enough as it is. Emma was the type of girl who had the looks, body, and loved guys. Single or taken, if a guy was cute she went for it and it ruined a lot of things. Not just relationships, but her rep would come back to bite. So she got bullied and she was also into Sara's boyfriend so that really didn't help anything at all and Sara and her friend may have been meaner because of that.
I guess ill stop there. Somthing about this book that just didnt intrest me enough. Well it started off good and was enjoying it until about half way and thing just slowed down and was losing interest. At a few parts it grabbed me again but it wasn't enough to make me love this book.