Featured Review: Posted (John David Anderson)
About This Book:
From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, comes a humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, and the failures of communication between kids.
In middle school, words aren’t just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.
When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.
In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.
*Review Contributed By Joanne Mumley Twitter Manager/Staff Reviewer*
Everyone Should Read Posted
Words can "wriggle underneath your skin and start to itch." Words can "set their hooks into you and pull" and can "accumulate like cancer." Posted by John David Anderson is all about the power of words, growing up, and having to deal with big issues like bullying and hate speech.
Posted is a fantastic novel about a group of friends;Frost, Deedee, Wolf, Bench, and the new girl in school, Rose. Everything gets turned upside down the day one of their classmates gets caught on a cell phone. Frost and his group of friends make due by putting posted notes on each others' lockers. But something goes terribly wrong when it starts to become popular around the school. This story line with strike a chord with any middle or high schooler. Strangers can be cruel but sometimes friends can be even crueler.
What I liked best:
Anderson has the ability to capture every feeling one can have while attending middle school. He is realistic with his characters' dialogue and each character feels so real- like you could open door to any classroom and find them sitting there. Like with any moment when growing up Anderson masterfully weaves together the right mix of serious and goofy. The novel is beautifully written and will appeal to many young readers. Bullying has been a problem for a very long time and it continues to grow. This book sheds light on what life is like in middle school while not getting too dark. It helps give hope to the hopelessness one can feel when trying to survive the crazy journey of making it through middle school.
Highly recommended to all readers. This book will not disappoint.