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It’s been five years since I clicked Send.
Four years since I got out of juvie.
Three months since I changed my name.
Two minutes since I met Julie.
A second to change my life.
All Dan wants for his senior year is to be invisible. This is his last chance at a semi-normal life. Nobody here knows who he is. Or what he’s done. But on his first day at school, instead of turning away like everyone else, Dan breaks up a fight. Because Dan knows what it’s like to be terrorized by a bully—he used to be one.
Now the whole school thinks he’s some kind of hero—except Julie. She looks at him like she knows he has a secret. Like she knows his name isn’t really Daniel...
3 stars - Actions have consequences & this book proves it
Let me start by saying that I'm a teacher and I deal with kids bullying each other on a regular basis. It's not okay. I'm all over it every time I see it. Teachers meet and talk about stuff like this. We pay attention to the kids that are struggling with friends. We bring counselors into the conversation. We bring parents into the conversation.
I'm not just any kind of teacher, I'm a technology teacher. Just finished a unit on internet safety. We discussed in great detail the consequences of posting things on the internet. I don't think that students can hear this topic enough. The internet includes texting. Students don't think about what happens after they hit send.
So, needless to say, I was VERY interested in reading this book. Dan hit send when he was 13 and has been paying ever since. I really liked Dan. He made a mistake and he has paid for it over and over again to the point of cruel and usual. The consequences he faced has shaped him into a different person, one that is suffering. His internal dialogue with himself has become real. He talks to his 13 year old self daily, arguing and trying to find a way to forgive himself. It was an interesting way to explore who he was and who has become. My heart just ached for him.
Julie is a character I struggled with. I was pretty sure I had her figured out and I was right. But she does redeem herself through the book. Her hot and cold attitude, though understandable, annoyed me. I guess I never really liked her. It could be her initial meeting with Dan that really did for me with her. She was watching bullying doing nothing. It's the teacher in me but I can't deal with that.
The story itself was fast pasted and a fast read. I stayed up late reading it. I will say that the consequences that Dan lived through seemed extreme compared to what I see students get on a daily basis. His judge was trying to set an example, I guess, but it seemed too much to me. The ending of this one left me wanting just one more chapter. It felt like a snipit from life instead of a resolution. That makes it more real but left me wanting.
I think this is a good read for anyone who likes YA. I may have to get a paperback of this one to put on my shelf at school.
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