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You Can't Shatter Me by [Newland, Tahlia]
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Length: 202 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1462 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: S & H Publishing (13 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DME8PA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,207,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You Can't Shatter Me is a story about bullying. A young girl witnesses a "misfit" being bullied, and suddenly not able to watch this one more time with no one intervening steps in. Which of course bring the focus onto her. At the same time, another student, who has been watching her from afar, steps in to protect her...Now they are both under fire from the bully.

Carly and Dylan are now targeted by this bully, a very angry young man named Justin. The story deals with the beginnings of a relationship and how the two finally end up dealing with this bully in unexpected ways along with empowering a few other people.

Newland used a lot of imagery - in the form of very fantastical imagination on the part of the characters. The things they imagined - reminded me of a film with .... Well, I could totally picture this as a short movie, with their imaginings shown in animation. While at first I was a bit confused (being a reader of mostly urban fantasy or fantasy I thought at first these imaginings were really going on - maybe they were) I soon came to believe that the kids were using their very strong imagery to cope and come to decisions.

But not only is the bully cast as a bully - his own demons are shown. The kid not only has a drunk dad, but deals with abuse as well, causing him to be angry and pass it on. But then, usually a bully is someone who is so angry at their circumstances that they "pass it on" to others.

The narration was interesting- uniquely done. The kids sounded like kids when they spoke to each other. The bullying situations are completely believable. And I enjoyed Carly's unique way of disarming Justin, though I wonder how well that would work with some of the most shut off predators.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this short novel by Tahlia Newland to the extend I chose to read it twice - and got even more from it second time around. On the surface this is a story about high school teens - boy and girl becoming aware of one another, while outside that is the constant threat of bullying by an unhappy individual who knows no other way to escape his own, very real demon in the form of an abusive parent.

The way the story is written, with a strong magic realism aspect to it and emphatic underlying messages on morality: love, forgiveness, compassion and understanding, are a real treat, showing the force of faith in oneself and in others who may appear to be beyond redemption.

The writing is excellent, the dialogue natural, the settings totally appropriate for a story aimed at high school children. The thrust of the book is clear, the characters engaging and the story has a strong structure. It is exactly the sort of story schools should use to teach about the various aspects of bullying; how not only the victim but the bully can be helped and how it is so very important to look below the surface for the bully's motivation.

Overall, a charming story about love and redemption that will appeal to more perceptive children of high school age and could be used to teach those somewhat less perceptive.
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At one level this short YA novel is a very readable story about 2 teenagers, romantically involved, finding the courage to stand up to an evil bully without resorting to the same aggressive tactics. The dialogue is snappy, the teens are both likeable and believable. Good triumphs in the end.

But the story also operates at a magical realism level, where the kids "write the story of their own lives", casting themselves as super-hero and -heroine. Faced with unpleasant or dangerous situations, they find strength and special powers within that enable them to handle anger, fear & negativity.

All this might sound a little worthy, but Newland doesn't moralise. The story's wacky fantasy elements get her message across with a light, allegorical touch and plenty of wry humour. (As I was reading, I was reminded of the children's classic, THE PHANTOM TOLBOOTH - another book that demonstrates philosphising can be fun.)

I hope this book will be widely read and discussed in high schools. It tackles the causes and consequences of bullying and presents - in a way that young people will readily understand - the transformative power of compassion and how it can break a vicious cycle of violence. Newland quotes Martin Luther King: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." A very big message, but this short, ambitious novel shows two ordinary youngsters embracing that light and defeating the power of darkness. The result is both an entertaining and uplifting read, one that I'm sure would help any child who's having to deal with being bullied.
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We are proud to announce that You Can't Shatter Me by Tahlia Newland is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells you that this book is well worth your time and money!
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