Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: So Not Okay: Mean Girl Makeover by:Nancy Rue

 So Not Okay
About the Book:
There is no such thing as neutral.

According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied--and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up the discussion of how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.

Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character's point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. Each girl has a different personality so that every reader can find a character she relates to. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for kids.

"So Not Okay "tells the story of Tori Taylor, a quiet sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School in Grass Valley, California. Tori knows to stay out of the way of Kylie, the queen bee of GCMS. When an awkward new student named Ginger becomes Kylie's new target, Tori whispers a prayer of thanks that it's not her. But as Kylie's bullying of Ginger continues to build, Tori feels guilty and tries to be kind to Ginger. Pretty soon, the bullying line of fire directed toward Ginger starts deflecting onto Tori, who must decide if she and her friends can befriend Ginger and withstand Kylie's taunts, or do nothing and resume their status quo. Tori's decision dramatically changes her trajectory for the rest of the school year.

About the Author:
Nancy Rue is the bestselling author of more than 100 books for teens, tweens, and adults, two of which have won Christy Awards. Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due to her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share their Tennessee lake home with two yellow labs.

My Review:
 Along with the advancement of technology, there has been another growing trend---"bullying". It is no longer just happening on the school playground it can be anywhere. School, work, church you name it and I guarantee that some form of bullying is taking place. Even online, the statistics keep growing for the youth of our society to use online media for a way to bully their peers. Even laws as of late have been changed to address the issue. Let's face it, this senseless trend is every way these days.

 Bestselling author Nancy Rue has decided through her writing to address the issue. She has created a trilogy that will give this outlandish subject a voice and the way she has chosen to do it is very unique. She has given us three different views--one for the victim, one for the bully, and one for the bystander. All books are based on scripture and show our youth how to handle this demon, God's way.

 The first book in the trilogy is entitled, So Not Okay:Mean Girl Makeover, and in it we find the story of Tory Taylor. She is a sixth grader that is just grateful to God that she is not the one being bullied. When she starts to feel a twinge of guilt by standing by and letting it happen to Ginger, a new student at her school. As I'm reading the book, I was thinking where are the adults in this situation. As this trilogy continues, it will be exciting to see how God changes the lives of each of these girls so that they each see the role that they play in the whole scenario.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.