Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir by Lesley Allen

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 400
Publisher: Twenty7
Released: 14th of April 2016 

Almost too terrified to grip the phone, Biddy Weir calls a daytime television show.

The subject is bullying, and Biddy has a story to tell.

Abandoned by her mother as a baby, Biddy lives in her own little world, happy to pass her time watching the birds - until Alison Fleming joins her school.

Popular and beautiful, but with a dangerous, malevolent streak, Alison quickly secures the admiration of her fellow students. All except one. And Alison doesn't take kindly to people who don't fit her mould . . .

What I Have to Say 

This is a touching story of the effects of bullying and how it can change a persons view of themselves. The way that this can last all the way into adulthood was a very big part of the story and highlighted quite how much of the issue that this is. 

It was written in such a way that doesn't so much make you empathize with Biddy, so much as care for her in a very protective way, much the same as the people who try and help her in the book. She is so isolated that you feel so sad that she lives her life that way. 

There's an innocence to Biddy, that I think is what makes this book special and not just another book about bullying. She goes about her life, believing what other people think of her. I've never seen a character quite like her. 

This is a truly beautiful book. 

My thanks go to Twenty7 and Netgalley for providing me with this copy for review. 

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