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Save Me: A Novel

Save Me: A Novel

Написано Lisa Scottoline

Озвучено Cynthia Nixon


Save Me: A Novel

Написано Lisa Scottoline

Озвучено Cynthia Nixon

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3.5/5 (62 оценки)
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11 hours
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Издано:
Apr 12, 2011
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9781427211330
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice.

Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. Her fears come true when the bullying begins, sending Melly to the bathroom in tears. Just as Rose is about to follow after her daughter, a massive explosion goes off in the kitchen, sending the room into chaos.

Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to run to the bathroom to rescue her daughter or usher Amanda to safety. She believes she has accomplished both, only to discover that Amanda, for an unknown reason, ran back into the school once out of Rose's sight. In an instant, Rose goes from hero to villain as the small community blames Amanda’s injuries on her.

In the days that follow, Rose's life starts to fall to pieces, Amanda’s mother decides to sue, her marriage is put to the test, and worse, when her daughter returns to school, the bullying only intensifies. Rose must take matters into her own hands and get down to the truth of what really happened that fateful day in order to save herself, her marriage, and her family.

In the way that Look Again had readers and listeners questioning everything they thought they knew about family, Save Me will have them wondering just how far they would go to save the ones they love. Lisa Scottoline is writing about real issues that resonate with real women, and the results are emotional, heartbreaking, and honest.

A Macmillan Audio production.

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Apr 12, 2011
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9781427211330
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Lisa Scottoline is a #1 bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty-two novels. She also co-authors a bestselling non-fiction humor series with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. There are more than thirty million copies of Lisa's books in print in more than thirty-five countries. She lives in Pennsylvania with an array of disobedient but adorable pets.


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  • (2/5)
    I really wanted to like this book. I finished it in hopes that it would get better but I was disappointed. The premise - that a mother has to make a split second decision about whether to save her own child or someone else's and the consequences of that decision - was interesting and had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, that potential is never realized.The problems?1 - The dialogue is many times cheesy and unrealistic. I found myself rolling my eyes quite often throughout the entire book. Especially the scenes between Rose and Leo.2 - The chapters are very short which irritated me. I suppose the author used this style to try and ramp up the suspense but in reality it just irritated me. Just when things were getting good the chapter would end. It made for some choppy reading instead of a smooth buildup of suspense.3 - The characters were not believable. Many of them were very one dimensional - Leo (the husband), Melly (the daughter), Eileen (the other girl's mother), the lawyer and others. They all played a very specific role in the advancement of the plot - and that's all. They were never developed enough to be believable people to me and much of their personalities seemed cliched to me. Rose herself was a little ridiculous. She was very wishy washy. At first she's the assertive mother lion, then she becomes this jellyfish and then she becomes a superhero. If there had been good character development that showed the character's personal progression through these stages it would have been ok, but as written she seems to almost have multiple personalities.4 - The story starts out as one thing and then turns into something different altogether. The first half of the book is about Rose's dilemma (as described in the book's description) and how she must deal with the fallout - other people's perceptions of her, the media, legal issues, etc. This part of the book was interesting despite the flaws above. And then, the second half of the book is something completely different. We no longer hear about the lawsuits or criminal aspects of the story. We no longer see anything about how she deals with the new public perception of her. Instead, this turns into a bad mystery novel where the main character goes off on her own to solve a completely unbelievable mystery - why the fire happened in the first place. The circumstances that are revealed are ridiculous to say the least.This book is trying too hard to be too many things: a commentary on bullying, an emotional drama about an impossible decision, a Nancy Drew style mystery. It succeeds at none of them. I give it 2 stars because there were some parts (the first few chapters in particular) that held my interest and it was not bad enough for me to stop reading. Some entertainment can be had with this book if you are aware of its failings and are able to overlook them and suspend your belief for a little while. If you are looking for a real drama, look to Jodi Picoult or others. If you are looking for a serious mystery, look elsewhere. If you want a somewhat cheesy but maybe entertaining read continue with this one.
  • (3/5)
    Not my favorite Scottoline, but was a fine ear-read during the mindless task of scanning my mother's photos. I do like the notion of every mom is a secret superhero, though Rose was a bit dense at times.
  • (1/5)
    Ridiculous, utterly contrived drivel. There were so many glaring impossibilities, not to mention an abundance of unlikelyhoods, in just the first few chapters that I didn't even bother finishing the book. I mean, I can suspend my disbelief- I've read almost every Jodi Picoult novel, after all, but this was too much.
  • (5/5)
    Loved, Loved Loved this book, very first book I read of Lisa Scottoline and she made me want to read more of her books.
  • (2/5)
    I had high hopes for this book and sadly it really didn't live up to my expectations. I sat down and read this book within a matter of hours but to me it felt like days. This book felt more like two books than one, but maybe that is because it seemed to drag on. I had a hard time connecting with Rose or any character in this book. I am not a mother so I have never experienced the love that Rose feels towards Melly and John. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I was a mother. The best (or most interesting) part of the book is the last quarter. The only person I would probably recommend this book to would be a mother.
  • (3/5)
    I have read and enjoyed some of Scottoline’s legal thrillers, and so I was interested in the premise of this book. It looks as if Scottoline is trying to write a Jodi Picoult style moral dilemma, and I was curious to see how she gets on with it.What I particularly like about Scotoline’s legal thrillers is the sassy, determined character of Bennie Rosato, so I was hoping for some similar strong and entertaining female characters. And I wasn’t entirely disappointed – Rose is certainly a believable character, and the reader can relate to her feelings and decisions.However, my personal feeling is that the book doesn’t quite live up to the promise on the front cover of “a charged moral dilemma”. The dilemma, of course, happens at the start of the book, and then the rest of the story is dealing with various people’s views of the event and the subsequent fall-out. I didn’t think that Scottoline manages to give us the twists and emotional reversals that Picoult so skilfully puts into her books – and I found the story less than compelling.An enjoyable read all the same, and one that I imagine fans of Picoult’s books will enjoy.
  • (3/5)
    A fast paced story about a mother's dilemma. Rose McKenna has become a lunch mom volunteer at her daughter's school. Melly is being bullied at school because of a congenital birth mark on her face and Rose wants to keep an eye on her. Probably not the best of reasons to offer her services and it lands her in a whole heap of trouble. Catching the bullying ring leader making fun of Melly, Rose politely "tackles" the offending child which delays some of the children's departure from the school cafeteria. An horrific explosion from the next door kitchen completely destroys the cafeteria and the kitchen itself, killing three members of staff and injuring some of the youngsters. As a consequence, Rose has to make the ultimate decision, whether to save her own child who has run to the nearby disabled toilet to escape her tormentors, or to save Amanda...the chief bully. It's a bit like "Sophie's Choice".....but far less harrowing.Rose makes her choice, one which appears to be the correct one......but there are unforeseen consequences and her life turns in to a living nightmare. Then an incident from her past also catches up with her. A secret she has kept from her husband and friends rears it's ugly head to torment her once again. The finger of blame is well and truly pointed at her.I have read several of Lisa Scottoline's books and have enjoyed them..this is no exception. They are in the genre of Jodi Picoult, so lovers of her books will certainly enjoy this one. A good beach read and an excellent novel for a book club, with lots to discuss and analyse.
  • (4/5)
    On the day Rose volunteered at her daughter's elementary school to help in the lunchroom, an explosion in the kitchen sets fire to the school. Rose manages to get two little girls out of the lunchroom and to the hallway which leads to the playground outside, then she races back into the fire to find her daughter who was in the bathroom when the fire occurred. Initially, Rose is hailed as a hero for saving her daughters life. But then it is discovered that one of the little girls Rose had led to the hallway was still in the building. She was rescued, but in serious condition. At that point, Rose is reviled as a woman who saved her daughter's life at the expense of another child. In the aftermath of the fire, tempers rage and lawsuits are threatened. Rose is afraid her family will be the target of a criminal investigation. As she tries to piece together what happened that day, she keeps discovering bits of information that don't add up. Apparently the fire which killed three employees, was not an accident at all and Rose begins to realize that there are far bigger issues at stake than an elementary school fire.I really enjoy Lisa Scottoline's books. They are suspenseful and difficult to stop reading once started. "Save Me" is no exception. She addresses the issues of bullying, the insularity of small towns, corporate greed and political cover-ups. It seemed at times that there were really too many issues addressed and sometimes Rose's actions seemed a little far-fetched for a stay-at-home Mom living in a small town. But, the suspense and fast-paced kept me on the edge of my seat and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • (5/5)
    I thought this was written different than her other books. Like she said in the end, maybe the empty nest has given her a different perspective. It seemed Jodi Picoult-ish, which, too, is a good thing in my opinion. Don't know if I could crank out a book a year for 17 years, though.
  • (4/5)
    This was a highly charged book that kept me on the edge of my seat. Not quite a 5 star as I didn't like the ending it felt kinda unrealistic compared to the rest of the book.
  • (3/5)
    When I picked up this book, I was very intrigued by the story line, but was left disappointed. The book starts out in one direction and morphs into something completely different. At the end of the book, the twists and turns will keep you guessing, but I wanted the book to continue in the direction it began with, at the beginning.
  • (1/5)
    I was initially interested in this book because the plot description was so interesting. Rose McKenna volunteers at her daughter's school so she can attempt to intervene with the bullies that are tormenting her child. When an explosion and fire occur, Rose must choose between her own child and the children that were responsible for the bullying. Unfortunetly, I tried several times to read this book and found the writing clunky and the plot line buried in coincidences and digressions. Not for me.
  • (3/5)
    This was very different from the other novels I have read by Lisa Scottoline. This read more like a Jodi Picoult novel that a Lisa Scottoline novel. The book addresses current events like bullying and the legal obligations of volunteers at schools. It is was somewhat disconcerting how someone who volunteers at a school could possibly be sued. I think the author does a nice job of outlining the story and keeping it well paced. I love reading a strong female lead and this story fulfills on that front as well. Overall, a good story and a quick read!
  • (3/5)
    I loved the first part of this book. Rose McKenna faces a tough dilemma when an emergency occurs while volunteering at her daughter's school: which child to save first? This scenario, and the second-guessing that comes later, is very well done.But the other parents at the school react far more strongly than one would anticipate. Rose did a good job -- but they somehow think she should have been superhuman. It didn't feel right to me that there was almost no community support; would've been far more believable if the parents were divided over the issue. And then the story completely lost its credibility when Rose becomes an amateur detective trying to figure out the root cause of the emergency. Too many coincidences, and too much out-of-character behavior.
  • (4/5)
    I really wanted to like Save Me by Lisa Scottoline. The premise is very intriguing. A mother having to choose between saving her child or another child who has wronged her child. However I found the main character, Rose very whiny. I just couldn't get past that. About the only character I had feelings for was her daughter Melly, who wasn't in the story near enough. The pacing is brisk, and Lisa Scottoline keeps you turning the pages, but ultimately the story just fell flat for me.
  • (4/5)
    When I began reading this book I was a little concerned that the author was going to attempt to imitate Jodi Picoult's socially conscious style of problem solving -- perhaps because there's a Picoult blurb on teh cover -- and it just wasn't working for me. Thankfully, that didn't happen. This is a classic Lisa Scottoline book complete with the ripping pace and dialogue we've come to expect from her. If you're a Scottoline fan, as I am, you're bound to enjoy this book.
  • (3/5)
    Starts well, but descends into an implausible series of coincidences and conspiracies
  • (2/5)
    LuxuryReading.com Review - In Save Me, Lisa Scottoline tackles one of those scenarios that no mother ever wants to think about: having to choose another child over her own. When you’re trying to help out at school and disaster strikes, how will you respond? This is the question that is asked of Rose McKenna when she’s being Lunch Mom at her daughter, Melly’s, school and the cafeteria explodes and catches fire. In mere seconds, Rose has to decide how to save the girls in front of her – the same girls who moments before were bullying Melly – and then save Melly, who is trapped in the bathroom. Does she save her own daughter first? What happens if she saves the three girls first and Melly dies in the process?Rose makes her decision quickly and is able to get all the girls out unharmed…or so she thinks. The ramifications of Rose’s actions start to come at her in the forms of accusations, hateful emails and Facebook posts, lawyers, threats of legal action, and sadness. Rose’s husband advises her to leave it alone and to stay out of the limelight, but Rose can’t let it go. She feels that she has to prove her innocence. In the midst of the turmoil, Rose uncovers a plot that makes her realize that the fire was in fact intentional. Can she prove it before anyone else dies?1While Scottoline did a good job of creating scenes that the reader could easily visualize, Save Me as a whole was a little bland for me. The descriptions she provided during the fire were very vivid and imaginative. However, I felt a slight let-down with the fact that the story went from Rose fighting to defend her actions and win a legal battle to a crime/mystery novel where she became a “superhero” of sorts. Some of the things that Rose did (fake identity, sneaking in to buildings, beating up a bad guy) were not what you would expect from a stay-at-home mom.Save Me was not at all what I expected and it really failed to keep my attention. The beginning of the story was promising and the book could have turned out to be a really great novel, but instead it turned into a make-believe “Mom saved the whole town” fairytale. While this was my first Scottoline novel and I was disappointed by it, I would be willing to try her work again based on her reputation of writing great books.
  • (4/5)
    I kept thinking that this Hero Mom was just the teeniest bit too much in her abilities. Nevertheless, the book was a wonderfully speedy read with all kinds of excitement and emotional trials and tribulations. A novel is a story, sometimes a little on the far fetched side but quite good for escapism. As some other reviewers have noted, it was disturbing to see how lemming-like the people in the community were, In that sense, thank goodness this was only a story. Unfortunately, how much like that are we all in real life?
  • (4/5)
    I thought this was a good read. I had never read a book by the author before, but will definitely be interested in her other novels now.The story opens with Rose concerned over the bullying her daughter, Melly endures as a third grader with a red birthmark on her face. Rose volunteers as a lunch mom to try and put a stop to the bullying, and that day a huge explosion sets off a fire in the lunch room.Rose is faced with the ultimate decision. Save her daughter who has run off to the bathroom or save the three girls who have been bullying Melly.What follows is the story of the consequences of Rose's decision. The story was tense, suspenseful and turned into a bit of a thriller at the end.For a large portion of the story I was pretty angry at all the other moms and how they seemed to bully and gang up on Rose.The book seemed to have three different parts to it. The first involves a moral dilemma, the second involved the bullying from fellow parents and the legal ramifications of Rose's decision and the last was a bit super-mom hero, turned undercover investigator.Overall I thought it was a terrific book. It was thought provoking, and emotionally riveting.
  • (4/5)
    This books starts out as one thing and morphs into something completely different. Lisa Scottoline wrote a unique book it is a story about tragedy, families, bullying, murder and the consequences of the choices you make, but they won’t happen the way you think you do. The twists and turns in this book will keep you guessing just when you think the story is going one way it flips around and becomes something else.This was different than Lisa Scottoline’s other books but good none the less, it still kept me riveted and it was hard to put down. There was the legal part of this book and it was interesting to learn about the laws on what you’re really signing up for when you volunteer at your child’s school and what your liability could be if something should happen. The reporter Tanya Robertson was so Nancy Grace her witch hunt for Rose was just so far over the top but also so very true to life with the state of our media at present.I did enjoy this book it was different and compelling.I received this book from Librarything Early Reviewer Program3 ½ Stars
  • (4/5)
    It started off really intense - at least for a mom. I could totally imagine myself being this woman. Then somewhere in the middle the connection loosened. I am not sure what happened. I still enjoyed the book but the realism was a bit off at the end.
  • (3/5)
    Save Me angered me in many different ways. First, I was angry simply because many of the minor characters had such a horrible reaction in the fire's aftermath. They were so hostile toward a woman who only did what she thought best that I was turned off and almost stopped reading the book. Then I was angry about the completely inaccurate portrayal of TV news (that in-depth package on Rose's past would've maybe made a :20 piece, not the minutes long package that Scottoline wrote). Finally, I was angry when the plot took a totally outrageous turn that made the school fire into a political murder conspiracy. Until that point the writing was quite good, which was what kept me reading, but Scottoline completely lost me with the out-of-nowhere plot twist.
  • (3/5)
    I can't say it was riveting. It didn't hold my attention like some of her other books, . I could go a week or more without picking it up again. It was ok, just not my cuo of tea.
  • (3/5)
    I really almost gave up on this towards the beginning. I believe if I was reading it not listening I would have put it down. It was reminding me of a Jodi Picoult book and I have trouble with her books and as a rule don't read them. This book turned out ok overall. It was uncomfortable and hard to listen to in parts. I will try other books by Lisa Scottoline but this just wasn't my favorite. I love her columns and live for Sunday to read them!!
  • (2/5)
    Synopsis: Save Me starts off with a suburban mom (Reesburgh, PA), Rose McKenna working as a lunch mother at her daughter's school when suddenly an explosion rips through the school's cafeteria, killing three staff members. She leads to girls to safety before running to rescue her own daughter Melly. After being dubbed by the media as somewhat of a hero, Rose soon learns she might face civil and criminal charges because one of the girls she saved was seriously injured in the fire. The same girls who teased her daughter Melly for having a rose colored birthmark on her face just minutes before the fire, and Rose confronted the same girls about bullying. After being told she might face a charges, Rose, her husband Leo who is a lawyer, and her attorney discuss a defense plan that includes filing a lawsuit against the school for the lack of training for fire drills. Rose takes it upon herself to investigate the truth behind the mysterious fire. She enlists the help of a construction worker at the school who may know answers, as well as a visit to a local factory where she unravels more questions and answers regarding the fire. Rose slowly unravels the truth, and is forced to face a dark secret from her own past. She discovers an intricate web of lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies which all lead to the ultimate answers regarding the questions of the school explosion/fire, whether or not she is a local hero by saving three girls and her own daughter, and whether she can face the demons from her past. Review: The jacket description on the cover of the book leads the reader to believe Rose is a dedicated mother who would do anything for her child, but I didn't know Scottoline would instead blur the lines between mother and superhero; dramatic fiction and young adult mystery. The novel beings with much promise, as the synopsis above indicates. The story sounds exciting, thrilling, and has potential. A school explosion, a mom saving her own daughter, other children getting injured in the fire with the hero to blame, as well as the swell of the media, possible criminal charges, and haunting secrets from Rose's past. All the great markings of a great story... Unfortunately, the story as a whole lacks realism and substance. The story Scottoline creates is simply absurd and far-fetched: A school explosion that is actually a conspiracy due to a politician's mistress working at the school? A small community turning a mother into a pariah for saving kids in a fire but accusing her of leaving someone else's daughter behind only to be injured and questioning her motives for saving her own daughter? A mom who drops her kids off with family friends (her husband is out of town on a court case and he rarely checks in) so she can sneak off in her mini van to do detective work with a construction worker and make an incognito visit to a local factory to get answers about a possible murder cover-up? This storyline would not even be successful as a movie plot on Lifetime Movie Network. Besides the story mimicking a Nancy Drew sleuth novel, the characters are one-dimensional and the dialogue is unrealistic. The way she portrays the characters, the things they say, and the way they act in certain situations is impractical and unlikely, behaviors and dialogue you might find in a young adult novel or in a cheesy after school movie. I think it's obvious to say this novel was a grave disappointment, which is surprising because Lisa Scottoline has written many fantastic novels. This story had a lot of promise based on the description on the jacket as well as the set up in the beginning of the story, but my expectations for this stand-alone novel fell short. The story lacked character development, realistic dialogue, and mystery the entire way through. If you're looking for a good dramatic novel with a lot of strong characters, thick plotlines, and excellent writing, pick up a Jodi Picoult novel. If you're looking for a nail-biting, edge of your seat mystery, pick up a different Lisa Scottoline novel. If you're looking for a superhero book, read a graphic novel. If you're looking for a detective/sleuth novel, pick up a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book. But sadly, I would not recommend this book for any reason. With that said, please don't judge Lisa Scottoline's other works based on this novel alone. Save Me is by no means an accurate representation of her writing skills or creative imagination. I believe Scottoline wanted to try something new but was too far out of her comfort zone, and Save Me is the result of that. I would recommend her other books, but definitely not this one.
  • (4/5)
    Wow, this book was really interesting! Imagine being faced with moral, legal and ethical decisions that can change your life and so many others. Rose McKenna is a loving mother of two children, Melly and John. Melly is a young third grader that is constantly teased because of a port wine stain on her cheek. Rose tries to help and protect her daughter from being bullied and it all backfires in her face. The cafeteria that Rose is talking to the bullies in explodes, leaving Rose to decide between saving her child or the young girls directly in front of her. Rose makes a decision and her intentions are good while the outcome is not perfect. Rose is accused of leaving some children to die in order to save her own. The town turns against Rose, just when she is starting to uncover the real reason behind the explosion. In the middle of the book, the clues and pieces start to fit together and snow balls into an action packed mom meets superhero scene that makes you feel good in the end. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it as a wonderful read!
  • (4/5)
    A woman's hard choice between saving 2 school girls she is in charge of or saving her own daughter when a fire breaks out in the school lead to division, pain, and loss.What would you do?
  • (4/5)
    If faced with an event where you were given the choice of saving your own child or the children in front of you, what would you do? I hope I never have to find out. In the book Rose is a very caring mother. She cares for her daughter Melly so much that she has moved her to a new school because her daughter was constantly being bullied. Melly carried a port wine birthmark on her cheek. It made her the target of many kids. To try to stop this Rose volunteers at the school in hopes of stopping this bullying. She is in the cafeteria and watches Amanda Gigot smear jelly on her cheek to make fun of Melly. Melly flees into the restroom in tears. Rose decides to talk with Amanda and the other girls. It is at this moment in time that there is an explosion in the kitchen across from the restroom where her daughter is. Now she must decide whether she should get her kid out and abandon the girls in front of her or get them to safety and then go back for her daughter. Rose decides to usher the girls into the hallway and to the door and then go back for her daughter. She manages to get her daughter out and is being called a hero until they realize Amanda is inside and is severely injured. Now people are accusing her of leaving other children inside and taking care of her own. Rose goes on a trip to find the cause of the explosions and finds herself in places she should not be trying to tie together everything she is learning. This was one of those books that kept you on the edge of your seat throughout. I really enjoyed the story. At times I felt that the author threw too much into the mix that made the mother seem like she was someone who was super-human. All in all, I can definitely recommend this book to everyone.
  • (4/5)
    When an explosion rocks her daughter's elementary school, Rose McKenna is helping in the lunch room as a volunteer. Her daughter, Melly has been bullied by Amanda, a mean little girl with a mean circle of friends. Melly has a facial birthmark, making her the target for cruel taunts. After witnessing an event, Rose starts talking to Amanda, since the school supposedly has a no tolerance policy for bullying. Rose is blown across the room, and when she comes to, she helps Amanda and her friends through the smoke and fire, pointing out the exit, and runs to find Melly. She finds her unconscious and carries her to safety, but when they are taken to the hospital, Amanda is brought in, in a coma. Rose goes from hero to villain in a heartbeat. She learns what Melly has benn going through, when the parents and the press turn against her. She is reviled as evil, a woman who would leave a little girl in danger to find her own daughter.With the other parents set against her, the threat of lawsuits and possible prosecution, weighing on her, Rose starts to investigate the cause of the explosion. Will the Mc Kennas lose everything? Will Rose go to jail? Can they ever be accepted again by the parents in Melly's school? Will Rose find the ansewrs in time to save herself?This was one terrific read! Sad, scary, realistic, and totally believable, Save Me was one that made it impossible to put down. Grownups acting like bullies are nothing new, but in this book they jump off the page, and grab you by the throat. I highly recommend this book, with one caveat..it is disturbing in the beginning, but I think that is the "Mamma" in me.I received this book from Library Thing Early Reviewers, for review. Thank you!