I was bullied in school for years. Until 10th grade, I had glasses, was totally dorky, my hair was frizzy and unmanageable, and was I incredibly shy because of my unconfidence. My face hadn't grown into my teeth yet and one bullies favorite joke was, "Hey, Celena, can you open this soda bottle for me with your teeth?" The bullies copied my homework, cheated during tests by making me show them the answers, and made me wish I never had to go to school again. Something happened in 10th grade--suddenly I developed some fashion sense, discovered how to make my curly hair gorgeous, convinced my parents to let me have contacts, and learned that I could be myself and people would like me. Two years later, I went to the prom with one of the popular guys who used to pick on me. Of course, when I saw him belittling one of the "nerds", I gave him a piece of my mind and he never did it again... at least, not in my presence. Before I knew it, guys were falling at my feet. Suddenly I had everything I had ever wanted. Of course, something was missing--and that was Jesus! I could probably turn my little nerd-turned-pretty-girl into a teenage fiction novel, but for a lot of kids, bullying is no Cinderella story.
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 have amped up solving 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. The books show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.
Sorry I’m Not Sorry tells the story of Kylie Steppe, former queen bee of Gold Country Middle School. After bullying a fellow GCMS student, Kylie has been expelled—and she has to attend mandatory counseling. Without her posse to aid her and other peers to torment, Kylie focuses on the person who stole her GVMS popularity crown: Tori Taylor. As Kylie plots revenge on Tori, she attends therapy sessions, where she reveals a few details that might explain why she finds power in preying on her middle school peers. After a rough year with bullying backfire, will Kylie decide to become more empathetic with her peers?
It's hard for tweens to imagine why a bully acts the way she does. Sorry I’m Not Sorry shows girls that they hold the power to stop bullying through mutual understanding and acts of love. We had the opportunity to review each book in the trilogy and I highly recommend them! I love that each book is told from a different characters point of view: book 1, So Not Okay, is written through the eyes of the bystander; book 2, You Can't Sit With Us, through the eyes of the one being bullied; and book 3, through the eyes of the bully. Definitely a must-read series for any girl in a middle-school setting!
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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Tommy Mommies for providing us with this series to review, and the book to giveaway!