Sarah Smiles by Sean-Paul Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bullying is a major problem today. Its effects have always been around but it's good to see some serious treatments of it done in novels today.
The titular character was a really fun person to get to know, but the PoV was Paul. These kids are on the young side, 11 or so, but few of their situations were strictly YA. The fun times were fun, but dealing with an abusive dad and alternately, an equally abusive friendship, it's often hard to see what to do. Even for children years older... or adults.
The other side of the tale really lifts up our spirits. Friendship. Love. These things made the whole novel something rather special for me. :)
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