Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King Book Review (non-spoiler)

Rating: 4/5 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Published: October 3, 2011

Bullying is everywhere, and it’s often unnoticed, ignored or not taken seriously by  those who have the authority to stop it. Some cases are temporary and finish being just an awful memory from when we were at school, while others end up tragically.

Bullying marks its victims forever. It affects the person’s self esteem, actions, emotional state and overall view of other people and life. It shapes a great portion of the person’s personality, and it could go further than that.

This book is about bullying, making decisions and choosing how to deal with the situation. It shows us how kids are being tortured in school while their injurers get away with it. How people authorized to deal with the situation just stand by because they are afraid to act out, because in a way they are being bullied too.

This shows us that there are more types of bullying than you may think and that there are different ways for victims to endure and deal with their situation.

This book manages to deliver the message in a clear and direct manner. It’s a powerful read that leaves you thinking about how many kids are suffering because no one stands up for them. About how many times people (not just kids) think about suicide as a way to escape the pain, and it makes you wonder if people are really doing everything they can to stop the situation.

I think that this book should be read widely and it’s message should be spread, especially among kids that are still in school even if they’ve never experienced bullying.

Also, the family dynamic in the story is bordering on being dysfunctional while also being close; it’s not a perfect family which makes it believable. It reminded me of the refreshing relationship between Vera and her father in A.S. King’s Please Ignore Vera Dietz, which I gave a five out of five stars.

Also, the characters are relatable and beautifully flawed, and the writing style is easy to read and has A.S. King’s unique voice that made me not want to put the book down.

Moreover, after previously reading  Please Ignore Vera Dietz, which is now one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, Everybody Sees the Ants did not disappoint and I thoroughly recommend it.

 

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