Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

The author of Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence does a pretty good job showing what life is like for freshmen girls. Charlie isn't proud of her friends' behavior a year ago and so she deliberately moves to a new highs school to start anew. But she's still in the same town, and things come back to haunt her. She has to decide what kind of person she wants to be--kind? backstabbing? forgiving? witchy?

While not quite a book about bullying, the tale of friendship and betrayal brings many of the same bullying behaviors to light. Friends bully each other--that's a fact. Upperclassmen haze underclassmen--especially in sports. This book lightheartedly brings all this to light.

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