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Backlash

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Backlash

Sarah Darer Littman is the author of a myriad of novels, including CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC, PURGE, WANNA GO PRIVATE and LIFE AFTER. She also writes political columns for adults.  

BACKLASH kind of reminded me of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY --- it is just so sad but you can’t stop reading it. You are so drawn into the story, and you are devastated right along with Lara. 

Lara Kelley, the protagonist of BACKLASH, thought that making the cheerleading squad would make her life better. And at first it did --- she could finally fit in and shed the names that everyone called her in middle school --- Lardo and Lardosaurus. She even had a really hot guy who was actually interested in her!  But everything changes when she gets really nasty messages posted to her Facebook wall. She thought she had shed that skin; what happened? So she tries to do the unthinkable and kill herself. But it turns out that being a survivor isn’t the hardest part --- it’s finding out the truth.

I truly am at a loss for words --- this novel is so gut-wrenching. BACKLASH kind of reminded me of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY --- it is just so sad but you can’t stop reading it. You are so drawn into the story, and you are devastated right along with Lara. As I was reading BACKLASH, I couldn’t put it down; it was such an amazing novel.  It shows you just how your words and actions can affect people, even if you are just going along with it because everyone else is doing it.  Upon finishing it, you are haunted by the question: How can people be that cruel? This is one of those novels that will stay with you long after reading it, and it is one that everyone should read, at least once in their lives.  

Reviewed by Aspen R., Teen Board member on March 31, 2015

Backlash
by Sarah Darer Littman

  • Publication Date: July 26, 2016
  • Genres: Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0545924146
  • ISBN-13: 9780545924146