Hello sweeties! In the last week I've been *quietly* participating in the Anti Bullying Readathon, (hosted by Sarah Churchill) and I had SO MUCH FUN WITH IT. I didn't only manage to read a couple of anti bullying novels from my tbr, but also found quite a few new titles that I'd gladly read any day. The only reason I haven't been updating you about this is that - as per usual - I heard about this readathon in the last possible moment, and I was in a rush to get as much reading done as I could. However, I still wanted to share with you my progress AND my favorite anti bullying reads - I'll consider it a plus if I manage to convince you to participate next year. :)
I managed to finish 2 books, DNFed one, and I'm around halfway through with the Butter- still, I'd call this decent enough progress considering that it was a school week and I "lost" a lot of reading time celebrating my birthday this weekend, as well.
Novels I've read for the Anti Bullying Readathon:
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None of the Above is about Kristin, who, after an unsuccessful night with her boyfriend, discovers that she was born intersex. If that wasn't enough, her diagnosis gets leaked to the whole school and most of her schoolmates start bullying her. This was a powerful, important and very informative book, but I had some issues with it that might force me to lower my rating to three stars. But as of now: 4/5
Picking Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda as my second read was a HUGE mistake... but only because it was SO GOOD THAT NO OTHER BOOK COULD LIVE UP TO IT! Simon was such a refreshingly cute, yet truly realistic character, surrounded by equally amazing supporting characters. I honestly could not pinpoint any faults in this book - it was just that perfect! Definitely 5/5
I found Leila Sales' Tonight the Streets Are Ours quite good, so I had HUGE hopes for This Song Will Save Your Life. Unfortunately, however much I hate DNF-ing, I had to give up on this novel around halfway through because Elise was the most annoying, judgemental snob ever. OF COURSE, I felt for her deeply because of the way people treated her, yet I could not like her, or any of the supporting characters for that matter.
Butter's about 'Butter', an obese 16-year-old boy, who, due to the horrible way people treat him, decides to eat himself to death, and invites everyone to watch online. Now if that doesn't sound like an interesting premise, I'm not sure what does. So far the book has been really good - if a tad bit unrealistic and gross at times - so I'm looking forward to the rest.
Now, onto my recommendations!
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My favorite books on this list are: Wonder, Tease, Before I Fall, The Truth About Alice and A Monster Calls. However, with the exception of 99 Days every single novel on my list received 4 or 5 stars, which shows how thoroughly I enjoyed them. Even though I rated 99 Days two stars, I think it has a place on this list because the author managed to cover important issues and raised equally important questions.
What are YOUR favorite anti bullying reads? Can't wait to see your recs! Share with me your opinion on my picks in the comments. :)