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Posted March 10, 2014
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Say Something expands on the world that Jennifer Brown created in Hate List. A prequel of sorts, Say Something delves into the issues of bullying, friendship, and forgiveness that were so powerful in Hate List. David Judy is bullied continuously for his soft spoken, gentle nature, but he finds his place among his friend Valerie and her boyfriend, his neighbor, Nick. Nick has been talking about revenge against his bullies, some of whom also bully David, and David's starting to get uneasy about all the revenge talk. He thinks about speaking up, but doesn't until it's too late. Now he's got to salvage the pieces of his broken life and try to figure out where he really stands.
Once again, Jennifer Brown blew me away by her real, honest, and somber portrayal of teenage life during tense and tragic situations. David is the friend who suspected, but didn't speak up in time. All of the different ways that Jennifer attacks the issue of school shootings are shockingly real, and very poignant and meaningful. Say Something is a voice for the bullied, for those who are affected by violence in schools, but may feel guilty or held in contempt by their fellow students for their involvement with the killers. These characters are real flesh and blood people, and are usually forgotten in the rush of victims and victims' families when such violent events occur. But these people are there, and just as much of a victim as those who are injured during schoolyard violence. For an amazingly real and heartfelt read, check out any book by Jennifer Brown, and definitely let yourself be swept away by the sadness and the truth behind Say Something.