Sixteen-year-old Carly is set to become top of her art class until bully-boy Justin gives her a vicious payback for standing up for one of his victims. Her boyfriend, karate-trained nerd Dylan, wants to smash the guy's face in, but a fight at school means suspension, losing his chance at school honours and facing a furious father. Carly is determined to find a more creative solution to her problem, but will she sort it out before Dylan's inner caveman hijacks him and all hell breaks loose?
Justin might be a pain, but his harassment leads to a deepening of Dylan and Carly's romance, and Carly finds an inner strength she didn't know she had. The magical realism style provides a touch of fantasy in an otherwise very real story that offers heart-warming solutions to bullying. You Can't Shatter Me is food for the soul. It has received a BRAG Medallion for outstanding fiction and an AIA Seal of Excellence in independent fiction.
"I was awed. Tahlia Newland's fiction is some of the best YA on the market. In Newland's deft hands, this novel is an absorbing, educational read, that both satisfies and gives hope to adults and younger readers alike." Blibliotica Book Reviews.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Snappy Writing and fantastic imagination What would you do about a bully? When Carly is faced with a harassing boy named Justin, will she be the superhero she wants to be, or will she wilt before his tyranny? She has in her favor a new hairdo, a wild imagination, a supporter named Dylan with surprises behind his nerdy exterior, and people around her who care about her and encourage her to take the high road. Sometimes the high road seems pretty darn high. Tahlia has woven a tale of high imagination with You Can't Shatter Me. Though the plot is all too real and the characters live in a regular world, their flights of fantasy carry us with them into amazing places. Emotions become man-eating plants and fire-breathing dragons. Wishes for courage turn into superhero suits. Is it all just imagination, or does it have an effect on the real world? I love Tahlia's snappy writing and fantastic imagination. You can't ever predict what is going to happen in her books, because reality doesn't necessarily apply. A regular tale about bullying becomes a whole new world in her hands. A story that might bore me because it doesn't apply to my life, suddenly becomes fascinating because of the amazing way she spins it. Due to mild swearing and some threatening language, I wouldn't recommend this book for younger readers. You Can't Shatter Me is an excellent story for teens facing bullying situations, or for anyone who enjoys fantasy. (I received a free review copy of this book from the author.)
We are proud to announce that You Can't Shatter Me by Tahlia Newland is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells you that this book is well worth your time and money!