I really loved the story and how everything fell into place at the end. Nothing stayed unresolved. I loved that!
School student Polarity Weeks is used to being an outsider at school.
Since her parents move a lot, she is often in different schools and
therefore the new girl. Her Mom was diagnosed with borderline
personality disorder which is the reason why they move a lot to find a
treatment that will help her keep the illness and her symptoms under
Polarity’s life is already difficult when suddenly a
naked picture of her pops up on the internet – discovered from students
in her class – that turns her world upside down. She soon will discover
that things will get worse before they get better. But never in her life
would she have imagined that a picture she never posed for would force
her away from her parents.
The big question now: Who posted the picture on the internet and how was it made?!
knows that she didn’t pose for that picture, but how does the girl on
it look exactly like her? Will she be able to prove her innocence and is
Polarity going to find answers to her questions?
My opinion about the topics mentioned in this book:
like that this book shows us so many problems that we have in our
society. Prejudices, aversion for different races, afraid of
differentness, bullying, not standing up for the good - maybe because we
don’t care or are afraid to be pulled into something we don’t like
Bullying is a big topic in this book and is
something a lot of people have to deal with in real life. Either in
school, at work, at home, abroad,… I wish that my teachers at school
would have let us read something like this book, because it’s a perfect
basic to start talking about this problem and how everyone of us can
help to stop it.
Some thoughts: Spoiler alert!
Poor Polarity. This must have been so humiliating. If I was her I wouldn't have wanted to go back into this school ever again.
I loved her interactions with Tilly and also with Ethan. He was like a solid rock for her. (Maybe not always so solid ;)
And even though Tracey posted the picture, I felt bad for her too, because she was also being
bullied and she had good intentions when she recorded the Video in the
first place. Can you imagine that everything happened because of an
misunderstanding? Because Polarity thought that Tracey's name was Arvey
and therefore Tracey thought Polarity was making fun of her.
I absolutely LOVED the reason why her mother gave Polarity her name.
(Quote: “Mom knows that BPD can cause her to see people as perfect or evil. She
named me Polarity, spanning positive and negative, to remind her that
I'm not one or the other.” ... “She wanted to be sure that she never
judged me the way that borderlines tend to do.”)
enjoyed reading about Polarity and how she developed throughout this
story. Her horrible experience made her attentive to other people with
problems and that some of them are not as lucky as her to have relatives
at their side to help them and sometimes they may even have a lot
working against them.
It was incredible that even when Polarity’s
parents believed that she did pose for this picture, they helped her
with everything within their power to find the person who’s responsible
for all this trouble.
I was thinking about something like this
happening in other countries. Would there be the same procedure? I was
astonished at first when the school involved the police and Polarity got
taken into a safe house. I thought how it would be in my country. I
believed that it would have been a lot different but after I thought it
through I understood that since a minor is involved, this is a reasoned
way to handle this situation. Like they mentioned in the book – nobody
knows her parents, they may have been the photographer of the picture
and Polarity could have been living in a bad family. And as horrible as
it was for Polarity to go to a safe house and live at her grandmother’s
place without contacting her parents for months, it was just for her
I loved how Polarity and her father handled difficult
situations due to her mother’s illness. Though I was missing just a bit
more information about her mother and the treatment she may have been
going through at the moment. But since the book is about Polarity’s
picture situation, I understand that this is not as important for her
story and would have probably needed a lot more space in the book.
I also loved that Ethan helped the underdogs even though he kind of was an outsider himself. He’s admirable.
of one more experience I believe that Polarity and Ethan’s way of
living will be a lot different from now on. And luckily they are both
moving away and leaving this school behind. Kind of a like new start,
All in all:
I cannot repeat it often
enough: I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing was good and I
loved all those details which may seem weird looking at separately but
made so much sense at the end when they all came together. And the
Characters – even the “bad” ones – were really good described. I could
really picture this story in my head while reading.
Last but not least:
A huge THANK YOU to Brenda Vicars for providing me with the free e-version of this book in exchange of my honest review. I feel honored.
I love the book and I am soooo happy that I got the chance to read it.
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