Powerful fiction for tweens: "Sorry I'm Not Sorry" by Nancy Rue
The third installment of Nancy Rue's "Mean Girl Makeover" series returns readers to the lives of the students of Gold Country Middle School, this time allowing readers to peer through the eyes of the bully herself, Kylie. After having been expelled for bullying a fellow student, Kylie finds herself dethroned from her queen status and having to attend mandatory counselling and do community service. Although at first completely resistant to any suggestion she's done any wrong, Kylie soon finds herself confronting the person she has become. As the summer progresses, Kylie discovers what it's like to be bullied herself, and realizes that she can become a totally different person than she ever knew she was capable of.
Somehow, "Sorry I'm Not Sorry" has become my favourite book in the series! In the first two books, I couldn't stand Kylie for her mean-spirited ways and the way that she so horrifically bullied the members of the Tribelet. Imagine my astonishment, then, when after only a couple of chapters I found myself not only feeling sorry for her but growing to even downright like her! Nancy Rue has created a powerful character in Kylie, realistically portraying how a bully can become a bully, but also how she can be beautifully transformed at the same time. In fact, by the end of the book, I felt like cheering for Kylie! "Sorry I'm Not Sorry" is a wonderfully written book that I hope all tweens will read, whether they find themselves in the position of being a bully or being bullied themselves. The story will not only entertain them, but teach them some powerful principles at the same time. Although this book doesn't contain a clear gospel message, readers will be pointed to the truth that God loves them and wants to be at work in their lives.
Once again, Nancy Rue has succeeded at writing a story - one aimed at tweens - that brought tears to my eyes! This book, and the entire series, is an absolute gift to tweens and teens - and their parents as well. 5 out of 5 stars.
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about the author....
Nancy Rue is the author of 122 books, including 11 novels for adults, 17 for teens, and 61 for tween readers, as well as 2 parenting books, 33 non-fiction books for tweens and teens, and the features for the FaithGirlz Bible. Her Lily Series, published by Zondervan, has sold well over one million copies.
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