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Changing My Wardrobe
By Deb Hanrahan
Publication Date: May 26, 2011
Lindsey, a high school freshman, views her new school as a place to start over. With the help of her friends, she hopes that a change in her wardrobe will prompt a change in her image. She has some success until her long-time nemesis, Avery, reminds Lindsey of her place. Without asking for help from the adults, the main character and her friends struggle to manage the bullying. Despite their efforts, tensions rise, and people get hurt. The ending of this book will leave the reader shocked and heartbroken.
Changing My Wardrobe is a cautionary tale about the immutable problem of bullying. This story not only looks at bullying from the victim's point of view but also explores the motives behind the aggressors’ actions. Changing My Wardrobe demonstrates the fluid and complex nature of bullying by shining a light on the contributing factor of social media.
My Thoughts: I was really surprised by Changing My Wardrobe, and I mean that in a good way. I read the blurb for the book and thought it looked very interesting, but then I wasn't sure, because I don't usually read too many sad stories. However, the importance of the message in the blurb was one that I couldn't pass by. When I first started reading the book, I thought well this is going to be a good book for tweens and teens - young girl starting her first year of high school, wants to change her image because she has been teased in junior high, cool best friend to help her, cute guy likes her and becomes her boyfriend, the mean girl....yeah, I thought, perfect sweet read for teens. It made me think about all the drama that goes on in high school and how I would never want to do that again. Then the story began to intensify. Lindsey and Marco end up at a friend's party, only there are drugs and alcohol there, which leads to a police raid. The bullying takes a much more serious turn, i.e., text messages, pictures, facebook, drugs, and even physical altercations against Teeny, Lindsey's BFF. By the time I reached this point in the book, I now understood what the author meant in the book description. Let me interject at this point that I loved the characters, well except for Avery, but Avery plays her part well.
Deb Hanrahan has done an outstanding job writing this story. The message portrayed in this book regarding the different perspectives on bullying is superbly done. The story line and plot are very believable and are written in such a way that preteens and teens can identify with, enjoy, and learn from. It is also great for parents to read, and if you have kids, I would suggest doing that. Let me tell you, Deb Hanrahan isn't kidding when she says this story will leave the reader shocked and heartbroken. I can't elaborate anymore on that without spoiling it, but I will say that I thought about this book for a very long time after I read it. Even though it was heartbreaking, the author has written the ending in such a way that as the reader, you are able to come to terms with what happens much easier and are not left just hanging there. Overall, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it for all teens and parents.
About the Author:
I live with my husband and three teenagers in the Chicagoland burbs. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Chemistry, I worked at a nuclear power plant for five years. I then left my career to stay at home with my three kids.
Seemingly, overnight, I went from being crazy-busy to having way too much time on my hands. With my husband working long hours and my kids pursuing their own lives, I had to reinvent myself. So, I decided to write that book I always wanted to write. Changing My Wardrobe is my first novel
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