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The Resource Backlash, Sarah Darer Littman

Backlash, Sarah Darer Littman

Label
Backlash
Title
Backlash
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Darer Littman
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Christian, a boy she knows only through Facebook, posts a lot of nasty comments on her page, fifteen-year-old Lara tries to kill herself--but that is only the beginning of the backlash for her sister, Sydney; her former friend Bree; and her classmates
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Tween Book Category, 2019.
  • Iowa Teen Award, 2017.
Review
  • Grades 7-10 Overweight Lara was bullied and depressed in middle school. Now a sophomore, 30 pounds lighter, her life has turned around. She made the cheer team and has new friends, plus a hot boy from another school is interested in her via Facebook. Her ex-BFF Bree, who ended their friendship two years earlier when Lara’s depression got in the way, is now angry after being bumped from the cheer team. When the FB boy suddenly posts devastatingly hurtful things about Lara, it sends her over the edge and into a world where she believes suicide is the only answer. Thoughtfully told from the perspectives of Lara, Bree, and their younger siblings, this is a powerful and credible story that illustrates the perils of immature decisions and explores the wide-reaching ripple effect of destructive actions thought by the perpetrators as “fun.” Innocents affected also suffer real anguish, and bullying by association. The depression and bullying are handled realistically without sugarcoating, and fortunately, consequences are applied. An excellent choice for any antibullying campaign, it complements Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why (2007) and Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance (2012). -- Fredriksen, Jeanne (Reviewed 02-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 12, p79)
  • Gr 7 Up — For sophomore Lara Kelly, things are finally looking up—she's feeling more confident after losing weight and she made the varsity cheerleading team, which she never would have imagined two years earlier when she was overweight and severely depressed. Best of all, Lara has caught the attention of a cute guy on Facebook, and he has been hinting at asking her to the homecoming dance. But when she sees horrible comments from her crush on social media, she spirals into a dangerous mental state and suicide seems like the only escape. Bree is Lara's former best friend from middle school, but they drifted apart when Bree couldn't take Lara's depression and self-involvement. The new Lara is suddenly getting everything that Bree is supposed to have—the popularity, and even the spot on the cheer team. Sydney and Liam are the younger siblings, who are caught up in the horror of a tragic event, and trying to figure out how to cope with their siblings' issues while living their own lives. This novel thoughtfully balances the four alternating perspectives, giving an element of humanity even to the perpetrators of severe bullying while maintaining a strong moral judgment. The writing and pace may not be compelling enough for reluctant readers, and there are disturbing scenes portraying bullying and severe depression. However, it's an accessible complement to an anti-bullying curricula that would serve as a good starting point for discussion of ethics with teens. Share with fans of Lane Davis's I Swear (S. & S. 2012).—Tara Kron , School Library Journal --Tara Kron (Reviewed December 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 12, p138)
  • An online crush who isn’t what he seems pushes a fragile 15-year-old named Lara to the brink of self-destruction, and her former best friend Bree is there to document her collapse like a Facebook-posting paparazzo. But as the police investigate Lara’s suicide attempt and the town becomes embroiled in the incident, Lara’s tormentors become targets. Working in the same vein as she did in Want to Go Private? , Littman pens a raw, frighteningly realistic, and absorbing look at cyberbullying and the damaging effects of airing private trauma in a public forum. By telling the story from the shifting viewpoints of key characters, Littman honestly examines the conflicting ways people can view a single situation. In passages written in the voice of Lara’s younger sister, Sydney, readers get an unflinching, firsthand account of Sydney’s struggle to cope with feeling like her own aspirations are being ignored, while the real villain, Bree’s unscrupulous mother, emerges as much more than a self-involved woman trying to live out her high school fantasies through her daughter. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 12, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 02, p)
  • Cyberbullying and a suicide attempt, told from four first-person perspectives.The dramatic opening finds 15-year-old Lara, "numb with hurt and panic," talking online with a boy named Christian, her first romance, though she knows him only online. He's calling her awful, terrible, a loser he'd never take to a dance. "The world would be a better place without you in it," he types and promptly blocks her. Next, Lara's sister, Sydney, an eighth-grader, pounds on a locked door behind which Lara has overdosed. As emergency workers carry Lara out on a stretcher, next-door neighbor Bree (also 15) snaps a pic and posts it to Facebook, reveling in the many "likes" it draws. The timeline rewinds two months; Lara, Syd, Bree and Bree's eighth-grade brother, Liam, alternate narrating. The two families used to be close, and Bree and Lara even used to be good friends. The prose is smooth, though the piece overall is more about ideas—cyberbullying and suicide—than any unique characterization of these white, suburban teens. The parents range from self-centered to actively cruel—Bree's mother helps Bree fool and taunt Lara—and even Syd repeatedly considers her sister's pain to be "drama." The four-narrator structure isn't entirely emotionally illuminating: Bree never quite makes sense as a character even in her own chapters. More conceptual than distinct, but accessible and potentially useful. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-16)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10410594
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Littman, Sarah
Dewey number
  • [Fic]
  • 813.6
Index
no index present
Intended audience
770L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cyberbullying
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Families
  • Sisters
  • Neighbors
  • Friendship
  • Cyberbullying
  • Bullying
  • Suicide
  • Family life
  • Sisters
  • Neighbors
  • Friendship
  • Cyberbullying
  • Families
  • Friendship
  • Neighbors
  • Sisters
  • Suicidal behavior
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Backlash, Sarah Darer Littman
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1083393
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780545651264
Lccn
2014020226
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545651264
  • (OCoLC)883748059
Label
Backlash, Sarah Darer Littman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1083393
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780545651264
Lccn
2014020226
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545651264
  • (OCoLC)883748059

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