Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Edge the Bare Garden by Roseanne Chen

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

My Thoughts
Agnes has never fit in. She has accepted this. She is bullied. When she finally reaches her breaking point, she takes matters into her own hands. She starts a blog where she starts telling secrets she knows about those who have tormented her. However, as things usually happen, things get out of hand. I would start the reading of this book by asking my students to answer the question; is it ever okay to seek revenge? What are some possible consequences of taking matters into your own hands?

I have decided to promote this throughout my school. This is a book that needs to be in each of my department’s classroom. As a middle grade English teacher I definitely could see this happening to any of my students. I have seen some of the things they post online to each other. It is so easy to be so nasty to each other. Teens today don’t consider it is the same as walking up to that person and saying it to their face. The major difference is that online, it is open for anyone and everyone to see. It becomes very public. They detach themselves from what they have written.  I understand why Agnes did what she did. However, I think she could have handled things differently. Once something is out there online, you can’t take it back.  This comes with questions in the back which help out the teacher.  Every parent should read this with their child or along with them to facilitate those all important discussions.

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