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Weightless by Sarah Bannan

Friday, September 11, 2015

When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School. A good student and natural athlete, she’s immediately welcomed by the school’s cliques. She’s even nominated to the homecoming court and begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn’s bitter romantic rival. When a video of Carolyn and Shane making out is sent to everyone, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut, as Brooke and her best friend Gemma try to restore their popularity. Gossip and bullying hound Carolyn, who becomes increasingly private and isolated. When Shane and Brooke—now back together—confront Carolyn in the student parking lot, injuring her, it’s the last attack she can take.

Sarah Bannan's deft use of the first person plural gives Weightless an emotional intensity and remarkable power that will send you flying through the pages and leave you reeling.

Goodreads Summary

Here is another emotional roller coaster of a novel about a girl that moves into town, and finds herself at a new high school. Without even meaning to she ends up causing trouble with the current cliques and finds herself in the middle of a war. What's worse, the threats become really violent and Carolyn doesn't know how much more she can take.

I truly felt for Carolyn in this book. I can't imagine how hard it must be to move to a new high school in the middle of your four years. You are walking into an environment that is already established and immediately feel like you are the imposing force. Others can be the same, especially at that age. It only makes sense that trouble ended up brewing when Carolyn went for someone else's boyfriend. The author does a great job at making the tension cut through the pages and leave you clenching your teeth as you read through some of the more intense scenes. I love reading books in this genre because although I am not 30 years old, I still get a kick out of revisiting how dramatic the kids are in high school. This is a fun afternoon read that will fulfill your need for a little teenage angst. Definitely a book you should look into.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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