Title: Jenna's Truth Author: Nadia L. King Genre: Young Adult Pages: 54 Edition Read: Kindle Publisher: Aulexic (Oct. 10, 2016)
Jenna’s just a teenager who wants to fit in. The popularity that she wanted though, quickly turns into infamy when two “well-meaning” friends spark a controversy that alters her life forever. What happens when the very group of teens you crave to belong to, end up being responsible for one of the most painful and humiliating events in your life?
Inspired by Amanda Todd’s tragic story of bullying, Jenna’s Truth is more than just teen short story it’s a lesson in empathy, self-awareness, and speaking out about what matters, especially bullying. Jenna’s Truth written by Nadia L King is a gripping story, which explores the themes of cyberbullying, teen drinking, sex, and suicide. Life isn’t black and white, and sometimes teens can be the most insensitive people.
Published by Aulexic, a publisher specializing in books for children with language and literacy difficulties, Jenna’s Truth is dyslexia-friendly and contains features that aid in comprehension and vocabulary. The story is kept short, at just 6,000 words and includes curriculum connections, discussion questions, and recommended activities, making it an ideal quick-read at home or during transit for 15-16 year olds.
If you’re against cyber-bullying, want to help someone who might be a victim of bullying, or you’re experiencing bullying in your life right now, read Jenna’s Truth today.
I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I’ll admit that when I first requested this title through NetGalley, I was completely clueless to the fact that it was a short story. Like… a 54 page short story. I think what attracted me most to this book was the cover. The artwork and design grabbed my attention and inspired me to hit that request button. It was definitely a quick and easy read, but I found it to be lacking in a couple areas.
“Lacking how?” you ask. Well, you’ll soon find out…
Told through the point of view of Jenna, our main character, Jenna’s Truth is about the bullying of a teenage girl by her schoolmates, and how bullying can turn into murder.
The moral behind the story was one I can definitely appreciate, but I had two main issues with the book: it lacked originality and it was too short to really be able to connect with the characters. Yes… of course I felt sorry for Jenna. Anyone with a soul would feel sympathetic toward her. But I didn’t get to spend enough time with her to really get to know her. Bonding with our protagonist (or any characters in the story, for that matter) on a personal level is very important to me, which is why I’ve never been much of a fan of short stories.
My other issue is that Jenna’s Truth didn’t differentiate itself from any other story addressing bullying and suicide. These are two very sensitive topics to approach… Topics that should be addressed and brought to our attention. But when I read a book about this, I have high hopes that the author will tell the story in a way that will make me never forget. I want to read something memorable; a story that will literally reach inside me and touch my soul; a book that will leave its mark on my heart. Not a story that sounds exactly the same as all the others in its genre.
What I did enjoy was the references and resources in the back of the book. There were several help line numbers, websites, and other very useful information for anyone suffering through the same thing Jenna experienced. This alone helped raise my rating a couple notches.
Had this book been longer, I feel it would have been a lot better. As I said above, it was a quick and easy read. I would recommend it to anyone (not just young adults) looking for a fast paced short story with a great lesson behind it. In the end, I give this book 2.75 swords, rounded up to 3.
Date Read: 09/29/2016