Series Confessions #1
Published August 28, 2012
Read February 17-18, 2013
Source Public Library
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This review is going to get personal
The prologue of this book immediately pulled me in because of it's snarky, blunt and brutally honest narrator, Rose. Sometimes, she'd say things in a moment of anger and right away, she'd regret it. Even though she said some really mean and nasty things, I totally understood why. She was constantly being harassed, her best friend and her were drifting apart, she just had a lot of shit to put up with.
One of the things I loved most about this book was the definitions at the beginning of each chapter that corresponded to what happens in each chapter. It also helped increase my vocab list.
A lot of issues were being dealt with throughout the book, all of which were shockingly realistic. It was weird for me to read this because even though I knew that it happens a lot, it's just that I don't understand it. I am the exact same age as Rose, and connected with her the best in the things she thought.
What is the appeal of having sex at such a young age? Maybe it's just the way I was brought up, but why? Honestly, I think that you can do whatever you want, but think about how it would hurt yourself and those around you.
And also, the appeal of getting wasted, vomiting, possibly getting alcohol poisoning, and then have a gigantic hangover the next morning. Again, WHY? Maybe it's fun in the moment, but honestly, does underage drinking and breaking the law make it funner or something? If you're of age, fine, do what you want but still be careful. (I sound like a grandma) Like I said earlier, just be careful and think about whether or not you're going to hurt yourself or those around you.
Rose was harassed by the typical mean girl (Well, this girl was kind of insanely mean) at school, and she didn't tell anyone in fear that it would get worse and also out of protection for her best friend. In reality, people usually don't like to tell because they are afraid of the bullying getting worse, of being a tattle tale. Honestly, if I were in her place, I probably wouldn't have told an adult either. But sometimes, enough is enough, and it sucked watching Rose suffer through what she did. Her dad was gone, her mom wasn't there for her, and neither was her brother. Like I said, she had a lot of shit to put up with.
Coming out of this book, I really enjoyed it and also though a lot about the issues at hand. I wish more teenagers would read this and realize the repercussions of some of the idiotic crap they do. But they're probably too busy drinking and getting high. What is our world coming to?