Laura loves her daughter more than anything in the world.
But nine-year-old daughter Autumn is being bullied. Laura feels helpless.
When Autumn fails to return home from school one day, Laura goes looking for her. She finds a crowd of older children taunting her little girl.
In the heat of the moment, Laura makes a terrible choice. A choice that will have devastating consequences for her and her daughter…
Laura is a loving and involved mother, her daughter Autumn is being bullied by an child in the year above her at school.
Sanjida Kay’s novel is intense and the reader gets the impression that all is not as it seems.
Autumn, at times, seems ungrateful and looks at her friends, their things, their mothers and their way of life with a kind of envy. The situation goes from bad to worse for them both and it soon becomes clear that Levi has problems of his own and although this is no excuse for the relentless ‘cruelty’ he inflicts on Autumn, we have to remember he too is young.
The realism of the topic in this read is evident, and will be quite emotive to those who have been victims of bullying. Autumn’s teachers do not seem to help and the system really lets her and her mother down in a big way. With the inclusion of social media Autumn is subjected to the most harrowing of spite. It really brings home just how rotten children can be.
I felt that the ending should have been a lot different, it didn’t go as I expected.
I found this a disturbing read, and could quite easily put myself in Laura’s shoes. Just how she reacts is a testament for her love for her daughter.