Friday, 8 May 2015

Weightless

Blurb:
"When Carolyn Lessing moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the juniors at Adams High. Gorgeous, stylish, a great student and gifted athlete without a mean  bone in her body, Carolyn is gobbled up right away by the school's cliques. She even begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn's bitter romantic rival. When a make-out video of Carolyn and Shane makes the rounds, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut in an instant, with Brooke and her best friend responsible for the campaign.

Carolyn is hounded and focused on, and becomes more and more private. Questions about her family and her habits torture her. But a violent confrontation with Shane and Brooke in the student parking lot is the last attack Carolyn can take."

My View:
Wow, this book should be compulsory reading for all parents and teenagers!
It tells the story of the typical "new girl" at high school. Carolyn has just moved into the area and doesn't know anyone at the local high school. She is a bright, talented student, who is just keen to fit in and make some friends. Unfortunately she befriends the ex-boyfriend of one of the clique of girls, and from there on she goes from being a normal girl to a victim of unfounded gossip. The clique even stalks her Facebook account and their comments and posts about her grow legs with each entry. It shows just how social media has changed things these days, sometimes not for the better.

The novel is told from the first person plural. "We" are not named throughout the novel but that is not important to the story. This book should make teenagers think before they make assumptions about people, and how dangerous their actions can be, both to the person they are talking about, and the consequences for themselves as well.

Weightless had me hooked from the beginning and I would highly recommend reading it. It's a debut novel by Sarah Bannan and is one author to watch out for. It would make an excellent Book Club read as well. The library has it available to borrow as a book or as an e-book through Bolinda Digital.

You might like this if you like......: Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game

Janine



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