The ‘Swinging 60s’. It’s a time of revolution in music, clothes, drugs and sexuality. It’s also a time of irresponsibility, flamboyance, and decay of social order.Sophie is a social outcast because of lies made up about her by the high school sports hero. The pressures of being a teenager are overwhelming, and cruel gossip about her each day at school makes matters worse.The ‘Swinging 60s’. It’s a time of revolution in music, clothes, drugs and sexuality. It’s also a time of irresponsibility, flamboyance, and decay of social order.Sophie is a social outcast because of lies made up about her by the high school sports hero. The pressures of being a teenager are overwhelming, and cruel gossip about her each day at school makes matters worse. She already had enough problems battling self-image anxieties without students making a game of telling her she’s ugly.Keeping silent and low-profile soon becomes a way of staying safe. She loses herself in books because they allow an escape to a world where heroines achieve freedom, success and romance, those things so desperately missing in her life.Then back to grim reality. She lives in a culture where girls are too often valued by their physical appeal, and society protects bullies and abusers....
|Title||:||Pass It On (Just Because Book 1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||208 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Pass It On (Just Because Book 1) Reviews
I am a guidance counselor at a high school, so I read a lot of young adult books about teen issues such as bullying, peer pressure, dating, depression, relationships and other teen concerns. This book is one I'm recommending because it deals with these topics in a way that teens speak and shows the emotional dilemmas they face. The main character is stalked and bullied by the town sports star from a wealthy family. The school and law enforcement turn a blind eye to her struggles. The rich boy and his friends see that they can get away with murder, but the school and town end up coming face to face with their indifference and dishonesty. It's sort of a modern day "The Scarlett Letter" except with a strong emphasis on teen violence, peer pressure and drug and alcohol abuse. I like the way this author handled the subject matter without any need to resort to 'language' seen in many books today. This point is another reason that makes this story a powerful message for teens to read.
The story is from the 1960s, but could just as easily be in the news today. Sophie's town is so keen on promoting their sports teams that they overlook the rampant sexual abuse by some of the members. The school and town leaders, including the police look the other way when complaints are filed. This leads to matters getting worse and out of hand.The golden boy on the football team, who's also from a wealthy family, is obsessed with Sophie. She rejects his advances over and over again, and he sets forth to destroy her. All of this is going on, and yet the school and town do their best to protect him, not her. She's branded a liar and troublemaker, and ostracized at school. The book examines the effects of shaming. I liked how she pulls her life together, but the damage is done. This book does have a happy ending when she's able to escape from this background, but once again explores what her life will be like when our culture continues to allow boys to be boys from a young age, from grade school to high school and beyond.