Book Review: Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman

If you follow me on Goodreads, you know that I’m a big fan of YA. The Voracious Reader bookstore graciously lent me a copy of BACKLASH by Sarah Darer Littman, which deals with cyberbullying and the resulting fallout.

I tore through Sarah Darer Littman’s last book, WANT TO GO PRIVATE? and I’m happy to report that BACKLASH delivered the same level of page-turning suspense. The book is told from four perspectives, or two sets of siblings: Lara, her younger sister Sydney, Lara’s former friend Bree, and Bree’s younger brother Liam.

The book opens with Lara’s suicide attempt after a boy named Christian breaks up with her online, explains the events that lead up to the attempt two months prior, and takes the readers through the resulting fallout and the families trying to rebuild their lives. What I liked about this book was that I got a strong sense of each character’s motivation for behaving the way he/she did — even the parents. The events in the book are partly inspired by real events, so the book could have gone the direction of a Lifetime movie, but it didn’t. Instead, each character gets his/her chance to explain to the reader how he/she feels. The result is a thoughtful look at the impact that our actions, online and off, can have on others. This book asks an important question: does someone who bullies someone else deserve to be bullied in return?

BACKLASH will be out in March 2015.


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