I Swear

I Swear

Book - 2013
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Who's to blame when bullying leads to suicide? This "riveting read on an important topic" ( Kirkus Reviews ) seeks answers in and out of the courtroom.

After years of abuse from her classmates, and thinking she had no other options, Leslie took her own life. Now her abusers are dealing with the fallout. In the eyes of the accused girls, they are not to blame: Leslie chose to take her life. She chose to be the coward they always knew she was.

As criminal proceedings examine the systematic cyber bullying and harassment that occurred, the girls vow to keep their stories straight and make Leslie seem weak. But as the events leading up to her death unfold, it becomes clear that although Leslie took her own life, her bullies took everything else.

Told in alternating perspectives and through well-paced flashbacks, this timely novel is filled with "sharp dialogue, absorbing deposition scenes, blackmail, and complex characterizations" ( Publishers Weekly ) and sheds light on both the victims of bullying and the consequences bullies face.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2013, c2012.
ISBN: 9781442435070
Characteristics: 279 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 05, 2016

Certainly makes one think what actions/words little and large might have.

mvkramer Jan 24, 2014

After a bullied girl kills herself, the leader of the mean girl clique that bullied her tries to cover up everything. A page-turner for fans of Pretty Little Liars.

Aug 12, 2013

A friendless high schooler kills herself, and her parents seek to press criminal charges against those who bullied her. The clique that bullied her seeks to keep their names clear. A well-woven story, but unpleasant, with few sympathetic characters and little hope. Also, the author lost me 27 pages in with this sentence: “I love mornings like this in Seattle—you can see Mount Hood from the hill where we live . . .” Mount Hood is in Oregon. You can’t see it from here even on the clearest of days. The Mountain is Mt Rainier! The author has little details about Seattle landmarks (Scarecrow Video) correct, but he somehow missed the name of one of the most important of all (this mistake repeats itself several times). For an out-of-town reader it’s not a big deal, but for a local reader it completely discards believability.

neva12 Jul 10, 2013

The book was really good, I didn't expect so much hurt and pain. I really felt for the characters especially Leslie. I felt like I was there experiencing different emotion as I read the book. I would suggest people to read this book, there so much interesting events that happens.

RainbowMunchkin Jun 17, 2013

This was so interesting and sad. I cried a lot. I can't believe people would actually do this, and Macie. Wow she was using everyone else to do her dirty work so she wouldn't get in trouble but everyone else would. You should read it its a good book to read.

mariahyde Apr 22, 2013

I liked it a lot. The ending could have been better. But it was still good.

Apr 16, 2013

The ending is frustrating on many levels, but it is a good exposition on what might happen in an online bullying situation.

UptownFunk Feb 22, 2013

It was a good book but i didn't get to finish it. i kind of got bored.

Jan 17, 2013

This was a really good book. It was very touching


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RainbowMunchkin Jun 17, 2013

Sexual Content: Kissing

RainbowMunchkin Jun 17, 2013

Coarse Language: A few curse words

RainbowMunchkin Jun 17, 2013

Violence: Suicide

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RainbowMunchkin Jun 17, 2013

RainbowMunchkin thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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RainbowMunchkin Jun 17, 2013

Leslie Gatlin commits suicide after being bullied online for quite a while. They don't know who to blame, in this pack. Was it her boyfriend? Her boyfriends sister? Macie? Brad? Josh? Katherine? Beth? Krista?The Gatlin's have a suit on whoever killed their daughter, but no one will tell. Until the end.


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RainbowMunchkin Jun 17, 2013

Macie says "Kill yourself"(pg. )

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