Author: Patty Blount
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
It’s been five years since I clicked Send.
Four years since I got out of juvie.
Three months since I changed my name.
Two minutes since I met Julie.
A second to change my life.
All Dan wants for his senior year is to be invisible. This is his last chance at a semi–normal life. Nobody here knows who he is. Or what he’s done. But on his first day at school, instead of turning away like everyone else, Dan breaks up a fight. Because Dan knows what it’s like to be terrorized by a bully—he used to be one.
Now the whole school thinks he’s some kind of hero—except Julie. She looks at him like she knows he has a secret. Like she knows his name isn’t really Daniel…
I literally finished Send minutes ago and I’m still in a bit of a trance. Talk about one hell of an emotional ride that leaves you speechless at the bad parts yet hopeful at the good ones. I expected this to be a heavier book, but I was not expecting this much feeling.
I have been looking forward to reading Send ever since I heard about it from Sourcebooks at BEA. Bullying is such a huge topic in today’s world and I’m so glad to see it approached in the YA world where it can really influence a lot of young people at that awkward yet important period in life. Send is one of those books I feel every high school student should read and discuss.
The story is told in a really unique way in that it’s told by the bully, but also by the bully’s sort-of inner voice. Dan is constantly battling his guilt and his emotions, but he’s also battling his 13-year-old self’s voice, reminding him of the awful thing he did five years ago. Patty Blount really knocked this way of storytelling out of the park and really made the story hit you right in the heart.
I can’t stress enough how powerful this story is. What Dan did when he was 13, what he’s dealt with in the five years since it happened, and what he will have to deal with in the future will bring you to tears but also give you hope.
Read. This. Book.