Hannah Both Ways
by Rosie Greenway
Publication Date: November 17th 2015
by Rebelight Publishing Inc.
A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.
Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?
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Hannah Both Ways is a story of one high school student who is a victim of cyber-bullying and how she deals with the aftermath of social media bashing and untrue nasty rumors.
I really admired Hannah because even though her world was crumbling, she stayed strong and resilient. The most admirable aspect of Hannah is she never gave up – she realized that this was a temporary problem in her life and did not even contemplate a more permanent solution. I also loved her snarky words, her wittiness, and most of all her social awkwardness. Hannah is a character that I truly liked and rooted for until the very end. Her ritual with the Dewey Decimal System was ingenious and I thought it was a great way for her to have a goal for each day.
Lucas was indeed a God-send that came at the perfect time in Hannah’s life and I was so happy that he had the patience of a saint when it came to dealing with Hannah’s cynical and untrusting ways. These two made the perfect duo and rounded out the story perfectly.
Reading this book took me back to my high school days and reminded me that kids can be cruel and heartless – it seems some things never change. Add the social media outlets and I am beyond thankful that these outlets weren't around in my day. Some kids have no idea how their hateful actions affect others or if they are aware, they flat out just don’t care. This story depicted verbal/written bullying perfectly and I applaud the author for creating an outstanding story that deals with a very difficult subject.
I would absolutely recommend Hannah Both Ways not only to young adults but older ones as well. It’s a great way of bringing cyber-bullying to light and showing a positive outcome to a dismal situation.
Rosie Greenway grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, and continues to live and work in the GTA with her husband and family. After spending her formative years public-school hopping, Rosie attended the University of Toronto, specializing in English literature. A former English teacher, Rosie now finds herself putting into practice the many lessons she used to impart to the students in her class room. While she has often turned to writing as a way to relax and unwind, Hannah Both Ways is her first foray into the world of Young Adult publishing.
When she isn’t writing, Rosie is an avid traveler, armchair film critic, enthusiastic foodie and voracious reader. She is a passionate literacy advocate and one of her greatest achievements is instilling in her daughter the joy of reading.
You can connect with Rosie on Twitter @Rosie_Greenway.
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