This book was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Even if a book is sent to me for free, the review will always be 100% honest and the opinions shared will be completely my own. This book was sent to me through Bostick Communications.
Title: Crossing The Line
Genre: Fiction, Comtemporary, Coming Of Age, Young Adult, Teen
Started: 30th April 2017
Finished: 4th May 2017
Synopsis: Four high school teens are going to find out just how much a bully target can take, before deciding that they can take no more. Will lines be crossed? On the surface, Berryville, Kansas looks to be a perfect midwest town to raise a family. But hiding in plain sight are the issues of teen bullying and the effects it has on the students at Lincoln High School. Four teenagers will learn the ultimate price paid for bullying others. Jessie, a girl with a tragic past, made worse by the turn of her best friend into her biggest bully. Brian, bullied during his younger years that led to a choice that made his situation worse. What decision will he make to deal with his fears? Sandi, the girl who got everything she wanted, except the attention she needed. What will happen when she schemes to bully and torture her old friend? Anarchy, a boy taken to the edge from a bullying event even he can't face any longer. Angry and lost, what will Anarchy do to get revenge on those he believes took his life away? Fate will bring these four lives together in a lesson about the ultimate cost of bullying others. Can anyone come out unscathed?
Review: I would like to thank Bostick Communications for sending me a copy of this book. When I read the synopsis I became very interested in this book and just had to read it. I could not wait to read this book as I knew that I would identify with some of the characters. I am a victim of bullying that started before I was 10 years of age and didn't stop until after I was 16 years of age. In fact sometimes I still get nasty comments that class as bullying but I have learnt to laugh at these comments and embrace myself as I am. This is a truly amazing book and a really gripping read that does not sugar coat the effect of bullying. I really enjoy books that are upfront about the effects of bullying and don't hide the feelings of those who are being bullied. This book is an accurate representation of what can happen because of bullying. It really highlights that bullying is a very serious issue that can have very dire consequences. This plot does not have a happy ending but that is the brutal truth of the outcome of bullying. I found the plot to be very gripping and realistic and could not bring myself to stop reading this book. A good thing about this book is how easy it is to identify with the characters that are bullied (if you have been the victim of a bully yourself). It takes a lot to make me emotional but I did find myself crying at the sad events that took place in this book. I think I was more emotional reading this book as I have experienced bullying for many years about many different things and I felt everything insult that was hurled at the poor victims portrayed in this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary and teen books but also if you have been bullied or want to see the consequences that can come from bullying. This book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf as it shows me how lucky I was to survive the bullying that I had to experience and how I came out stronger on the other side.
Rating: I gave this book a 5 star rating as it was a really gripping novel that I could fully identify with and I found myself lost in between the pages feeling all the same emotions and the characters that were the victim of bullying.