Weightless

Finished Weightless by Sarah Bannan.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School. A good student and natural athlete, she’s immediately welcomed by the school’s cliques. She’s even nominated to the homecoming court and begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn’s bitter romantic rival. When a video of Carolyn and Shane making out is sent to everyone, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut, as Brooke and her best friend Gemma try to restore their popularity. Gossip and bullying hound Carolyn, who becomes increasingly private and isolated. When Shane and Brooke—now back together—confront Carolyn in the student parking lot, injuring her, it’s the last attack she can take.

Sarah Bannan’s deft use of the first person plural gives Weightless an emotional intensity and remarkable power that will send you flying through the pages and leave you reeling.”

This book is intense.  Going in, it’s obvious that something has gone very wrong and that Carolyn has been bullied.  But we don’t know what happened or how serious the bullying was.  (Was she shunned, say, or was it worse than that?)

I know that these types of books aren’t new, but this one really is.  For starters, we don’t know who our narrators are.  It’s done in the first person plural (“We” and “us”) and it immediately drew me in.  (I wasn’t sure how well it would work when I heard about this plot device, but I thought it was a brilliant idea.

There’s a total sense of unease and as Carolyn went from an object of fascination to one of scorn, I started actually feeling sick.  I don’t think Carolyn recognized the actual danger she was in until it was too late, and no, that isn’t hyperbole.

This is the kind of book that will stick with you.  Recommended.

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