I am a big fan of YA "problem" novels, but this may have a few too many issues thrown in the mix. The dialogue is often clunky and tries a little too hard to sound hip. The drama never quite lets up and yet the romance is not fully explored.
Jordan Steffy is a junior at LaPorte High School in Indiana, and he says that homophobic students have been bullying him since he came out in seventh grade, throwing food at him and calling him slurs. Related: A gay teen who was brutally bullied for years stabbed one of his attackers. Wassup motherfucker? And often, it simply starts by saying hi.
At 16 years old, the crowning achievement of my life was getting a boyfriend. I mean, he was a sweet boy with a cute flop of black hair. But I wanted the idea of a boyfriend way more than I ever wanted a living, breathing partner. And that was all because I was fat. I still am, but being a fat teen in the mid-aughts was a particularly crappy experience. I just knew the basic shit we teach everyone about fatness: that it is bad and undesirable. Therefore, I was bad and undesirable.
Livingston went on air, saying she wanted to encourage children not to be hurt by this kind of bullying. Then she went on talk shows. The man who sent the email, personal injury lawyer Kenneth Krause, reportedly said he had not intended to be hurtful. Clementi killed himself in after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, used a webcam to spy on him while he was kissing another man in a dorm room. Clementi found out about the spying by way of Twitter. Days later, he was dead. One of them was California middle-schooler Seth Walsh, who hanged himself after withstanding a daily gantlet of harassment, including being goaded to commit suicide, relatives told the Los Angeles Times.