Title: Bullies like Me
Author: Lindy Zart
If you can make it out of Enid High School alive, you can make it through anything.
Alexis is the new girl at school, and she’s ruthlessly bullied. Hopeless, and drowning in her present reality, she takes pills—lots of pills. She’s sent to a mental health facility, where she meets a boy. Only the boy can’t save her, and no one can save her from herself.
Nick has secrets. He wants to open up to Alexis, but there’s the dead boy who haunts him. In his dreams. While he’s awake. He wants to be brave, but he can’t tell her about his past, and he can’t leave the facility.
Melanie rules over the school, until a nobody named Lexie tries to disrupt her reign. She won’t allow that. She also can’t stop it. She plummets into notoriety, but she’s determined to take them all with her. The girl, the boy, and their secrets.
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New girl, Alexis is bullied relentlessly at school. It causes her to commit harm to herself and she ends up at a mental health facility. That’s when she meets Nick. Nick harbors some darkness of his own. He is forever haunted by his past But with Alexis, he can breathe a little more. The weight he carries seems to be lighter when she is around. When Alexis leaves the facility his only solace is he will see her when she comes by to see her doctor. Nick can’t leave and he can’t tell her why. As Alexis returns to school she is determined to see through that her bullies never bring her that low again. That they should feel everything she does. How far is she willing to go?
The synopsis barely touches the surface on just how deep this book is. There are twists and turns and secrets. There is revenge. Redemption. Retribution. Hope. Rather than give away the plot, I’d rather discuss just how much this book allowed me to feel. The author places you with her characters to allow you as a reader to understand their emotions from pain and despair to their hopes and dreams. This was unlike anything I’ve ever read. The refined prose will blow you away. The execution and development of the story was just brilliant. The writing is riveting, honest, and raw. The author holds nothing back.
To the forgotten, the ashamed, the hurt. This book? This book is your voice. The author wants us to hear you. And we do. Loud and clear. The author gives a voice to a very relevant and dangerous issue in our society. Her characters have so much buried deep inside of them. But the author never fails to remind you just how brave these souls are. Bullies Like Me is a poignant, thought provoking, and intense read. To say I was moved would be an understatement. This profound story was nothing short of phenomenal.
Nick’s arm brushes against mine as we cross the street, and he flinches.
I grit my teeth, holding in my irritation until we reach the beginning of the path. Then I slam my hands on my hips and glare at him. “Okay, what is your deal? If you really didn’t want to be with me today, why didn’t you just say it?”
He opens his mouth.
My glower deepens.
“I don’t like being out in public. I don’t…like being around people,” he says after a pause. “I like to be alone.”
I throw my arms up in frustration. “Then why did you agree to this?”
Nick steps closer. “But I like to be with you more than I like to be alone, and even though I don’t like to be around people, I like to be around you—probably more than I should. How could I say no to being with you, even if it’s in a setting I despise?”
“That’s messed up,” I say, shaking my head, even as a warm glow fills my insides.
“I’m messed up.”
“You’re not, not really.”
He lowers his head, taking my hands in his. Examining them. It feels like fire and ice when we touch. Sparks and frost. “You have no idea, Alexis.” Nick threads our fingers together, lifting our hands between us, and looks at me.
“Tell me,” I whisper, feeling like I can’t breathe. My air is caught somewhere within the magnetic pull of blue-green seas. Who needs to breathe anyway?
“Someday,” he promises, and then, with our hands still entwined, he leans forward and kisses me.
His lips are soft, firm. Magic. Tasting of dreams and hope. And grief too. I’m kissing not only Nick, but his soul as well. I feel his heartbeat with my lips. I taste the feelings he has for me, and they are overwhelming. Catastrophically beautiful. The kiss lasts long enough to rearrange everything inside me, to steal my breath, to give it back. To let me know Nick has the power to ruin me. To let me know I’d probably let him.
USA Today bestselling author Lindy Zart writes in a multitude of fictional genres because, well, her brain requires it so she stays somewhat sane. She has been writing since she was a child, but luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then.
She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, pizza, peanut butter, and bloody marys.
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