Spin | Darcie J. Gudger

Guarded series (#1)

From Goodreads:
Sophomore Kisrie Kelley longs to fit in. Instead, she’s always been a misfit, a fact her nemesis Wendy won’t let her forget. At least she’s got color guard and photography, right?

She almost feels normal when she’s out on the field performing or behind the lens. Truth be told, they’re the only reasons she even shows up at school, though her professor mom thinks they’re both a waste of Kisrie’s time.

Add a serious affinity to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that has her battling the bulge and a pestering “prodigy” little sister who thinks she’s a bush baby, and Kisrie’s contemplating moving to a different planet.

The stakes are raised even higher when she overhears Wendy plotting against Kisrie’s English-teacher uncle all over a stupid grade! Should Kisrie snitch and risk Wendy’s wrath?

Ever since elementary school the young beauty queen has bullied Kisrie as if it were an Olympic sport. Who’s going to believe Wendy’s story anyway?

Everything spins out of control as vicious rumors fly and lives are on the line. Only the truth can set them all free, but will it be too late?

MY THOUGHTS:

Kisrie is bullied, harassed, belittled and humiliated; she is emotionally, verbally and physically abused by family members and friends, but especially by her classmate Wendy — the epitome of every bully the reader can imagine!

From the very beginning, the chapters are full of controversy and anger, fear and angst. While this is not something that interests me, I can readily see it being popular with YA readers.

I was disappointed at the end when there didn’t seem to be any resolution to Kisrie’s troubles… it’s possible this is done on purpose to lead into book 2, but I prefer closure.

The author has created many interesting characters with a wide assortment of personalities; throughout the book, the characters face difficult issues and emotions, just as many students face at school today.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

God bless you!

 

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