Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Memes: Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman. 321 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., April, 2015. 9780545651264. (Finished copy courtesy of publisher for review.)

Publisher synopsis: In critically acclaimed author Sarah Darer Littman's gripping new novel what happens online doesn't always stay online . . .
Lara just got told off on Facebook.

She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed. She's worked really hard since starting high school to be happy and make new friends.
Bree used to be BBFs with overweight, depressed Lara in middle school, but constantly listening to Lara's problems got to be too much. Bree's secretly glad that Christian's pointed out Lara's flaws to the world. Lara's not nearly as great as everyone thinks.

After weeks of talking online, Lara thought she knew Christian, so what's with this sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse - are they true?

But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree.

As online life collides with real life, the truth starts to come together and the backlash is even more devastating than than anyone could have imagined.
First Line: The words on the screen don't make sense. They can't.

Page 56: (Liam) 
     People clap when I'm done. Yes!
     Not only that, as I sit down, I notice I've wiped the smirk off Oliver's face. We may be friends, but we both like to win.
     I guess I got that from Mom. You know how some parents let their kids win when they're little so they feel good about themselves? Not my mom. Dad would, but Mom was like, "If you want to win, you have to earn it. All this 'give everyone a trophy' garbage is ruining this country."
      When I finally beat her at monopoly, I took a picture of the board, and then I never played her again.


  1. This sounds like a great book for young readers.
    My Friday post features DANCING AT THE RASCAL FAIR.

  2. I'm with Sandra. A good one for young readers. Our family is very competitive and my sister did something similar when she slammed my brother-in-law at Yahtzee. LOL

    My 56 -

  3. Sounds very relevant for today's readers! Happy weekend!