Author: Elizabeth Montgomery
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Publishing Date: June 24, 2015
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is. Harsh.
Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she?
She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers.
Flawed. Damaged. A freak.
Avery will have to come out of her shell to prove that even the bullies
have their own insecurities.
LIFE ISN’T ABOUT LABELS
This is a short, sweet book. I am always looking for new books for my students to read and was excited to get my hands on it. It has everything that kids worry about in school: bullies, something about themselves that makes them a target, parents who are supportive but don't know what to do to help, a friend who is there through thick and thin, and that guy everyone falls for.
I enjoyed the characters and the premise of the story. Each of them is likable and has a lot of potential. I wanted more. There was so much that could have been done to develop the characters further. We only get a glimpse of who they are and a superficial one at that. Avery is a sharp protagonist who has a strong sense of self. Blake seems to change out of nowhere and there was little explanation offered until later in the story. Dylan is a great best friend and I would have liked to know more about what happens next with his prom date. Harper is a shrew in my opinion and Avery is very forgiving. I liked what I read, but felt it was lacking depth. I was disappointed because the pieces of the story wrapped up almost too neatly. It went too quickly.
While it sounds like this is a bad review- it isn't. The characters are interesting and the story itself is well thought out with a lot of potential. I was disappointed that it was over and was looking for more.