Tuesday, June 10, 2014

So Not Okay by Nancy Rue

About the Book:

There is no such thing as neutral.

According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied—and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up the discussion of how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.

Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character’s point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. Each girl has a different personality so that every reader can find a character she relates to. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for kids.

So Not Okaytells 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 do nothing and resume their status quo. Tori’s decision dramatically changes her trajectory for the rest of the school year.

My Thoughts:

I was in tears for these girls by the end of this book.  It was so emotional my son came into my room in a panic, asking me what was wrong.  I told him it was the book getting to me, and he rolled his eyes and left.

But I called him back in and told him the subject matter was bullying and it was so well written, so well thought out, and so real that it took me back to middle school and high school and broke my heart all over again.

Nancy Rue, I believe, has written THE book series ("So Not Okay" is the first of three) on the topic of bullying.  She writes from the point of view of the bully, the pack mentality, the bullied, and the bystander, as well as the administration's response to the issue.

I fell in love with this tribelet (you'll have to read the book) as they gathered information on why people can be so mean, and then what to do about it.  I ached for Tori as she was torn between a long time friendship and doing what she believed was right.  And Ginger....oh, my...I WAS Ginger!  But I wished I was Mitch, or even Winnie instead.

And then there was Lydia...what a precious mentor!  And Mr. V. and....well, the cast of characters is amazing.  You seriously do not want to miss this book, because that would be "So Not Okay" to do!  Read it with your kids, talk about it, have them share the book with friends.  Better yet, buy copies for their friends!

Buying my copy was the best investment I've made in reading material, and I can hardly wait for Nancy's next book in "The Mean Girl Makeover" series!  Now is the time to get "So Not Okay" and read it.  So, go!  Get it!  Read it!

Happy Reading!



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