I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Weightless by Sarah Bannan
Published by Macmillan on June 30th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Women, Fiction
Source: St. Martin's Press
When Carolyn Lessing moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the juniors at Adams High. Gorgeous, stylish, a great student and gifted athlete without a mean girl bone in her body Carolyn is gobbled up right away by the school's cliques. She even begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn's bitter romantic rival. When a make-out video of Carolyn and Shane makes the rounds, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut in an instant, with Brooke and her best friend responsible for the campaign.Carolyn is hounded and focused on, and becomes more and more private. Questions about her family and her habits torture her. But a violent confrontation with Shane and Brooke in the student parking lot is the last attack Carolyn can take.A novel to drop us all back into the intensity of our high school years, WEIGHTLESS is a startling and assured debut.Sarah Bannan's deft use of the first person plural gives Weightless an emotional intensity and remarkable power that will send you flying through the pages and leave you reeling.
Carolyn Lessing just moved from New Jersey to a small town in Alabama. Being the new girl in a small town everyone is interested in what she is doing. Carolyn is a very sweet very intelligent young lady which immediately draws the school’s star quarterback to her side. Shane Duggan is currently dating another girl but immediately starts giving Carolyn attention, so because of all of this the popular group of girls begin to attack her. These popular girls take to social media to tear Carolyn down. Carolyn starts to exclude herself from people and she starts getting thinner. Then Carolyn starts showing up at swim practice with scars on her arms and legs.
“Weightless” by Sarah Bannan is a very realistic story. Things like this really do happen in real life. This story is told by a “We” first person observation. The “we” is never really identified. I would assume that it is students on the swim team. No one does anything to help or fix Carolyn’s situation. I hope that when others are reading this story that they are reading it with an open mind and are able to learn from it. Bullying happens so much and now living in the age of technology it is so easy to bully someone online and it hurts just the same as in person. I think Bannan did a good job bringing such a realistic story to the surface.