She said/She saw

*I received She Said/She Saw by Norah McClintock as part of my CLA Young Adult Book Award jury duties

In this novel Teegan witnesses the murder of two close friends but she pays so much attention to the boy who is dying that she doesn’t see the killer. The book is about how victims are often made out to be criminals, judged by what happens to them. The boys who die are criminalized, and Teegan is seen as cooperating with the killers when she can’t identify them.

The horrible treatment of Teegan by everyone at her school, including her best friend and sister is very upsetting but portrayed convincingly.

This was an upsetting book to read, not really my cup of tea (ok I don’t like tea either) but it was well done and brought up some interesting and relevant issues for contemporary teens.



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