Sunday, June 24, 2012

Burn by Suzanne Phillips

"But Cameron doesn't want people knowing he's hurting. He doesn't think wearing it on the outside will help him any" (p. 25).

Cameron was an intelligent, friendly freshman until he becomes the target of merciless bullying from upperclassmen jocks. Making it their mission to abuse him emotionally and physically, their leader takes it too far when he decides to sexually assault Cameron in the locker room one day. As a result, Cameron decides to retaliate, and what follows leads to multiple arrests and one person dead.

This novel is an excellent example of how bullying can lead to deadly consequences when adults refuse to acknowledge the warning signs and intervene before it is "too little, too late." 

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