Jenna’s Truth ★★★★★
Today I have the honour of reviewing Nadia L. King‘s Jenna’s Truth. I call it an honour because, even though I read a lot of books—from the entertaining to the informative—it’s not very often that I get my hands on something so worth reading. This is a book about teenage bullying, and the dangers of social media when used with the wrong intentions.
Let me tell you more about it.
This book was conceived when Nadia King discovered the story of Amanda Todd, a teenager who was harassed and abused until she committed suicide at the age of 15. Wanting to do something about it, Nadia re-wrote the story so that the victim would win in the end—so that the teenagers who read this book see that there’s people who can help them, even if they can’t see any way out.
The book follows Jenna, a girl who thinks of herself as a loser and just wants to be part of the cool gang in her school. A small slip costs her much more than popularity when she confesses she thinks the boyfriend of Tina, one of the popular girls, is kind of cute. From that moment on, Tina and her friends grow closer to Jenna, only so that they can get her drunk and take scandalous photos of her while she’s vulnerable.
Alone and filled with despair, Jenna sees no way out but to end her life. Fortunately, a teacher saves her from drowning, and they have a conversation where Jenna learns that looking for help is the most important thing to do when being bullied.
This is a short but very powerful story—I honestly didn’t expect it would hit me as hard as it did. Unfortunately, bullying is a bigger problem than is often acknowledged, and it’s only too easy to relate to the pain of the silent victims who put up with it every day.
I think Nadia has done a wonderful work, not only as a writer, but as a defender of the fundamental rights of children and teenagers. No one should face abuse like this, and helping them know what to do and when to ask for help is one of the most worthy tasks a writer could take up.
I would strongly recommend this book, not only to bookworms, but to everyone. Everyone should be aware of these issues and be ready to help those in need.