Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - So Not Okay: Mean Girl Makeover Series

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Review - So Not Okay: Mean Girl Makeover Series

So Not Okay: Mean Girl Makeover Series
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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 Okay tells 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.

Features & Benefits:

  • Book #1 in a new middle grade fiction series for tween girls
  • Bullying is the topic of awareness in schools and the media
  • Series will tell the story in three different perspectives: the bully, the victim, and the bystander
  • So Not Okay tells the story of the bystander, a role in which many tweens find themselves

My Take on the Book
All of us have dealt with bullying in some sense or another in one way or another and for this reason alone this book and the series of books that will come is great because it allows you to experience and look at the plot through the eyes of all of the parties. You not only get to see it through the victims' eyes, but also through the bully's too. In this first book you get a great background on the situation and the characters. The author has done a great job at bringing bullying to the forefront of all of our thoughts, and although a work of fiction, you can still hear and experience the message that she is sharing with her readers. This is a great book that all should read, especially our daughters!

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