Book Review and Giveaway: So Not Okay by Nancy Rue
The Pack’s spotlight only seemed to turn brighter until Ginger had to be blinded by it. Staring at her until she looked like she was going to shrivel like a grape that gets left in the bottom of the produce drawer for too long. “Accidentally” shoving her in the hallway and pretending they didn’t even notice her bouncing against the wall or falling into somebody who went, “Why don’t you watch where you’re going?” Forming a “casual” line across the cafeteria door so she couldn’t get in. I followed to see where she went to eat her lunch. She carried her brown bag into the girls’ restrooms.
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Mean Girl Makeover is the 1st book is the the So No Okay Series. This is a Christian Juvenile Fiction but it focuses on real social issues that are facing our children today. Unfortunately,they are starting much earlier every year. This book is focused in middle school but I read it with my upper elementary student and found it opened up many conversations to talk about bullying and how it affects people.
The first book in the series, So Not Okay: Mean Girl Makeover tells the story of Tori Taylor, a quiet sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School in Grass Valley, California. Tori knows to stay out of the way of Kylie, the queen bee of GCMS. When an awkward new student named Ginger becomes Kylie’s new target, Tori whispers a prayer of thanks that it’s not her. But as Kylie’s bullying of Ginger continues to build, Tori feels guilty and tries to be kind to Ginger.
Pretty soon, the bullying line of fire directed toward Ginger starts deflecting onto Tori, who must decide if she and her friends can befriend Ginger and withstand Kylie’s taunts, or if they should do nothing and resume their status quo. Tori’s decision dramatically changes her trajectory for the rest of the school year.
I was very impressed with the story line and my daughter was drawn into the book. She fights reading at times but after 3 chapters she was hooked and kept reading. We read the book together and found that it opened up many issues with which we could talk together. It showed bullying from several different view points which is very helpful for kids because I think many times they only think of it from the victim or bully’s point of view. This allows readers to see how others are affected by bullies and how they can help stand up for the victim(s). I look forward to reading the other stories in the series and sharing them with my daughter. I think educating our children is important because every bit of positive information they receive is important in building their system of morals.
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