So Not Okay by Nancy Rue ~ A Juvenile Fiction Book Review and Giveaway

Mean Girl Makeover, Book 1
Nancy Rue
Juvenile Fiction 

About the book:



According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied—and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up the discussion of how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.

Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character’s point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. Each girl has a different personality so that every reader can find a character she relates to. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for kids.

So Not Okay tells the story of Tori Taylor, a quiet sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School in Grass Valley, California. Tori knows to stay out of the way of Kylie, the queen bee of GCMS. When an awkward new student named Ginger becomes Kylie’s new target, Tori whispers a prayer of thanks that it’s not her. But as Kylie’s bullying of Ginger continues to build, Tori feels guilty and tries to be kind to Ginger. Pretty soon, the bullying line of fire directed toward Ginger starts deflecting onto Tori, who must decide if she and her friends can befriend Ginger and withstand Kylie’s taunts, or do nothing and resume their status quo. Tori’s decision dramatically changes her trajectory for the rest of the school year.

My thoughts:

If you are living and breathing then you've probably encountered bullying in some way. The time has come for us to begin to fight back against the mean girls! 

Nancy Rue has written an amazing trilogy that addresses the topic of bullying in a unique way. Each of the three books will look at the topic of buyllying from a different perspective. The first book So Not Okay, centers around shy sixth grader Tori Taylor. Tori represents what it is like to be a bystander to bullying.

Tori is sweet and just wants to stay out of the limelight. She is no match for the overbearing Kylie. In fact she goes out of her way to avoid conflict with Kylie. When Ginger comes along and draws Kylie's fire, Tori is caught in a dilemma that too many of our girls face each day.

I have long been a fan of Nancy's writing, and I have to say this is some of her finest work. She does an amazing job of giving voice and emotion to this pervasive topic. Every tween or young teen girl should read this. Yes it is a work of fiction but I'm sure you will immediately see the powerful message of these fictional girls. The damage of bullying can be long lasting and we need to do whatever we can to put a stop to it.

The next two books in the series will address bullying from the perspectives of victim and bully. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the story. I hope you will join myself and others in declaring that bullying is #SoNotOkay!

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  1. Sounds like a great resource for my household!

    1. It's a work of fiction but the words are powerful. Looks to be a great series!

  2. How have you addressed bullying with your tween/teen? I have addressed bullying with my teens by first telling them to treat others the way the want to be treated. And if they are being bullied and its possible to remove yourself from being a victim go speak with someone in charge when ever you are if it s Sunday School or even at a relatives.

    1. Good advice! If we all ban together and stand up maybe we can make a difference.

  3. I don't have a teen yet, my son is only 1... but my husband is a youth pastor and I have been working with tween and teens for over 8 years. Many times we have addressed the issue of bullying with our youth. I would be interested in reading this book to get more information.

    1. Thank you Aly for all you guys are doing to help our youth! In my estimation people who work with youth are super stars. Takes lots of patience and understanding.

  4. Sounds like a good book. I don't have a teen yet :) But already my 5 year old has been picked on at preschool -- sad it starts so early. When he is in tears b/c someone called him a name I ask him "You know the truth about yourself. Is what they said the truth?" he shakes his head no, and I remind him that if its not the truth he doesn't need to listen/worry about it.


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