October 22, 2012

Review: Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance by Various Authors

It does not necessarily take a fist to create a punch in the gut. This fourteen-story YA fiction anthology delves into the experience of being bullied—socially, emotionally, physically, psychologically, and sexually. The school hallways, walks home, and house walls are no longer the boundaries for intimidation and harassment. With the rapid-fire response time of social media and smartphones, bullying has lost all limits, and the lines among truth, lies, and real accountability have become blurred. Featuring some of the hottest voices in YA literature, both bestselling and on the rise, Cornered includes works from Kirsten Miller (New York Times bestseller The Eternal Ones), Jennifer Brown (Hate List), Elizabeth Miles (Fury), Jaime Adoff (The Death of Jayson Porter), Lish McBride (Morris Award finalist Hold Me Closer, Necromancer), Matthue Roth (Losers), Sheba Karim (Skunk Girl), Kate Ellison (Butterfly Clues), Zeta Elliot (A Wish After Midnight), Josh Berk (The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin), and James Lecesne (Absolute Brightness and founder of the Trevor Project).
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. There are several authors, which exposes the reader to a wide variety of writing styles. This book is composed of several short stories, some of which I enjoyed more than others.
Many of the stories dealt with bullying or other harsh realities of life, and I liked how nothing was too sugarcoated. It shines a very harsh light on some difficult subjects, and I feel that is important if anything is ever going to change for the better.
Publisher-Running Press
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Megan Blankenship (Student at Franklin High School)
~Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program!~


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