Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cracked by K. M. Walton

Summary on GoodReads.

I really liked Cracked. How at the beginning of the story Victor and Bull had only two things in common and then a series of coincidences occurred.

Bull is a bully and Victor is the bullied. The story is told from both the voices of Bull and Victor, and they both have distinct and strong male voices and personalities. In this book Walton explores family and social issues in a different tone, giving it a unique voice that made it powerful.

The story doesn’t cover bullying within the school environment but rather at a personal and individual level. This is not a book about how bullying affects the school and what the faculty does to deal with it. No; it addresses bullying solely from the point of view of the bully and one person being bullied.

What I liked most is that at the end these two do not end being best friends. Life kept its course with natural changes but nothing major to make this book end like a totally happy love story. I also like that Victor stood up for himself – if just a little – and faced Bull.

What I didn’t like: Well, notice that I said that the book didn’t end like a totally happy love story. Totally, but it almost did at the end and that is why I didn’t give it a full 5-stars. I understand that at the end the story had to wrap up but it also could’ve been a little bit more realistic because in real life things don’t get fixed that quick and you don’t get a guardian angel out of the blue. I also didn’t like that Bull never stood up for himself to confront his pop which was something I was looking forward to seeing.

Not so favorable reviews here and here.