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Contributor(s): Zorn, Claire
ISBN: 149265213X     ISBN-13: 9781492652137
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2017
Annotation: Feeling like her world is falling apart a year after her older sister's accidental death, Hannah becomes hopeful when tormenting bullies finally leave her alone at the same time she finds support from her school counselor and an endearing goofball of a new friend.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Death; Fiction.
Grief; Fiction.
Bullying; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016050932
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.75" W x 0.75" (0.85 lbs) 276 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #1)
In this Australian import, almost a year has passed since Hannah's popular older sister, Katie, died in a car crash. Hannah, who witnessed her sister's death and might know whose fault it was, is having trouble relating her memories to the school counselor. Between struggling with her own grief and her parents' inability to move on from the tragedy, Hannah has to grapple with the uncomfortable fact that her social life improved dramatically after Katie's death. Once mercilessly bullied, she now passes through school days ignored and safe behind the protective wall Katie's death has somehow created around her. When Josh, a friendly transfer student, starts talking to Hannah, she can't help but wonder if his interest is genuine or another cruel prank. The layers of sorrow, distrust, and longing for connection add up to make Hannah a complicated and sympathetic narrator. Her relationship with Katie is explored through interspersed flashbacks. The vicious harassment Hannah endured from her classmates is tempered with more nuanced strife between the sisters; Katie was frustrated by Hannah's unsociable behavior, but hints of her compassion shine through their bickering. A sensitive examination of healing after trauma, the story is faithful to the complexities of sibling relationships. sarah berman Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 September #1)

High school has been a nightmare for 15-year-old Hannah McCann: awkward and vulnerable, she's become the target of cruel taunts and pranks. Hannah has also lost her best friend to a group of popular girls, and she receives little support from her social-climbing older sister, Katie, who thinks Hannah needs to stop taking "everything so seriously." Instead of following her sister's advice, Hannah withdraws. When Katie is killed in a car accident, and the teasing at school abruptly stops, Hannah retreats even further, overwhelmed by a combination of relief and sorrow. In so doing, she almost misses the opportunity to find a true friend in new student Josh, who is determined to draw her out into the world. In this frank tale of a teenager's complicated feelings and emotional defenses, Australian author Zorn shows the devastating effects of bullying while affectingly tracing Hannah's spiritual journey, coming to terms with truths she doesn't want to face and learning how to trust. Although much of the novel is tinged with sadness, there are meaningful flickers of hope as Hannah gains courage and strength. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

Gr 9 Up—As the awkward and unpopular younger sister, Hannah lives in her older sister's shadow and faces relentless bullying from the students in her high school. While Hannah endures verbal and physical abuse, property theft and destruction, and online attempts to slander and demean her character, her older sister Katie ignores the bullying, and at times even blames Hannah for the harassment. Suddenly, the torture ends. When Hannah returns to school after Katie's death, her former bullies, who are also Katie's friends, not only leave Hannah alone but attempt to befriend her. At home, Hannah's mother hasn't left the house in almost a year and her father struggles with emotional and physical pain resulting from the car accident that took Katie's life. Alone, invisible and grieving, Hannah's feelings of betrayal and guilt are noticed by her school counselor who, unlike her other therapists, uses honesty and humor to help Hannah find her voice. At the same time, a new friend, Josh Chamberlain, encourages Hannah to see herself for who she really is; an interesting, thoughtful and beautiful young woman. The plot moves along at a compulsively readable pace. Teens will suffer with Hannah as she is cruelly harassed and feels helpless to stop it. They will cry with her when she loses her best friend, her identity and then her sister. And they will experience her relief as she rediscovers friendship and confidence in herself. VERDICT This complex, emotional, and discussable title is a first purchase.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.