Thursday, August 9, 2012

It Only Takes One Click Blog Tour, Send, by Patty Blount- Review and Giveaway!

From Goodreads: 
To keep his secrets, all he has to do is listen to the voice in his head and just walk away... On his first day at his new high school, Dan stops a bully from beating up a kid half his size. He didn't want to get involved. All he wants out of his senior year is to fly under the radar. But Dan knows what it's like to be terrorized by a bully-he used to be one. Now the whole school thinks he's some kind of hero, except Julie Murphy, the prettiest girl on campus. She looks at him like she knows he has a secret. Like she knows his name isn't really Daniel.

Bullying has taken on a life of its own in the past few years.  Social media has made something that was heinous and difficult to begin with, a beast of a problem.  Anyone who uses Twitter can see how quickly a threaded conversation can go viral and get nasty, and even after all these years of experience people still say and do things online, in the spur of the moment, that they quickly regret sharing.

Blount tackles this subject head on, and from an intriguingly unusual standpoint- the bullies.  What I loved about this was the questions it brings up about responsibility, crime and punishment and bullying as a community problem.  Dan/Kenny was only 13 when he posted a photo of Liam online in his underwear.  Not an age where kids are putting in a lot of hard thought into what they're doing and the repercussions, and in the age of the internet it only takes a moment to ruin someones life.  The results are devastating to large number of people, Dan, his family, Liam, his family and all those around them.  But five years later, with Dan actively trying to prevent a bullying situation from getting worse, it becomes apparent that the responsibility for Liam's death doesn't solely lie with his poor choices.

Although the drama was a bit over the top at times, Blount does a great job of exploring all sides of the subject matter.  I can see where this book would make for excellent class discussions, not only about bullying, but also about the legal system.  Was Dan punished fairly?  Was Liam's father punished fairly?  How about the Good Samaritan laws?  Are they fair?  In the end no simple solutions are laid out, and I appreciate that, as it's the truth.  And it left the reader with plenty to think about.

What I loved best about Send was Dan/Kenny's family.  Their unwavering support and heartfelt answers to Dan's problems were what I wish all children could have from their parents.

"Dad.  I...God, I'm so sorry...I'm broken."  I blurted and then braced for the argument.  He'd probably deny it, try to explain it in some perfectly logical way.
"Then we'll fix you," he said simply.
I blinked.  His arms came around me and held me.

A thought provoking story that looks at a difficult subject matter from a variety of angles.  Blount doesn't have the answers, but her look at humanity in both its failings and its brighter moments will give you hope that the answers are there, as long as your willing to put yourself out there for them.

Send, by Patty Blount
Published by Sourcebooks, August 1st, 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
Buy Send on Amazon

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this sounds like a very heartfelt book and one I would love to see in schools despite the drama being over the top. This book definitely sounds like a great one that will teach so many kids today how their actions can affect others. Great review Rhiannon!