Send by Patty Blount
Imagine you are a teenager and bully. One day you do something and a tragedy results. You end up spending a long time in detention. Bad things happen to you while you are there and when you are released you have to move away with your family. Unfortunately, your reputation precedes you and you have to move again and again. Finally, your family changes its name and you move to a new town to try to start over – again. You want to just lay low, stay under the radar, keep quiet and the first day you go to school you step in to protect someone else being bullied and now everyone is noticing you.
This is the premise for the book Send, written by Patty Blount. I really enjoyed this book and I really liked the main character Dan (Kenny). Told from the point of view of the bully, this book looks at what happens when he and his family try once again to start over. Dan makes some new friends, even meets a girl he likes. He also makes an enemy out of the school bully while befriending the school outcast. Unfortunately, not everyone is who they seem to be -- and not just Dan – and his insight into bullies and their victims is pulling him into a situation that could completely ruin his chance to start over.
Send is Patty Blount’s first novel so she is off to a good start. Fortunately, her second one is coming out this summer. Stay tuned for that one too!