Welcome to North Harbor High...where a girl can get bullied to death.
Sheridan Alexander moves to her fifth foster home since kindergarten. Her two goals are to graduate and exit the system without any more trouble. That is until she is assigned locker 572 and finds the abandoned journal of Ribbon Barber. The journal reveal the endless insults and abuse flung at an innocent girl. “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you.” Yeah, right. Words of hate scar forever. Sheridan needs to find Ribbon and protect her before it’s too late even if it means giving up her most stable home in years. Ribbon has a right to be left alone.
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- Kayla Krantz
When Sheridan starts school at North Harbor High, she isn’t sure what to think. Being a kid of the system, she’s used to moving from place to place. The only thing that hasn’t changed is bullying. When she’s assigned 572, Sheridan becomes privy to the story of Ribbon Barbor. A girl who was literally bullied to death. Desperate to get out Ribbon’s story, Sheridan goes on a crusade to expose all the girls responsible for her demise.
A heavy story. Realistic in the cruelty that teenagers can inflict on one another. I really liked Sheridan. She was a unique voice, the type of girl that every high school needs to combat the bullies. She wasn’t afraid to do what she needed to do to tell Ribbon’s story. Even if it meant sacrificing the best foster home she’d ever have. She was witty and kind. An easy to like MC.
Another perspective that the story tell is from a girl named Ashley. She’s inside the circle of bullies and used to be Ribbon’s friend. While she’s not a likeable character, or at least she wasn’t to me, I found that she was also a realistic character. So many times teenagers turn away from bullying just to avoid being bullied themselves.
All in all, this book was like a snapshot of the horrors of high school. I loved the message though, the crusade against bullying and the fact that everyone is unique. No one deserves to feel badly for it.
Narration really brought the story to life.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.