I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
Summary from goodreads.com
When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can’t leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny’s growing power soon puts him in a very special place.
A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all the chaos that is prevailing in his life.
This month is bullying awareness/prevention month, and Swan Boy is the PERFECT read for not only this month, but every month. I really did end up loving this book, so let me break it down!
NOTE: I’m having a hard time reviewing this book because I DID enjoy it that much. I’m going to do my best to explain my thoughts, but I’m sorry if this ends up as a lot of rambling.
- Swan Boy, as the title of this review says, was a roller-coaster of feelings. This book focuses on our main character Johnny, and his move to a new school… I don’t want to spoil anything, but the main focus is bullying, change, and what it means to grow up. At least, that’s how I interpreted it :). Swan Boy is highly impactful, and I really wanted to cry sometimes.
- Nikki Sheehan is a really good writer! I loved how we got into not only Johnny’s head, but a few of the other characters too. We were able to get an idea about Johnny’s world, and the people around him which I really appreciated because it gives a better sense at what’s going on.
- Basically, the big thing about Swan Boy to ME was the fact that it did a great job portraying bullying and the impact it has on people. What Johnny and his friend go through was realistic. Actually, everything about his situation was realistic from his transition to a new school, to him having to deal with his little brother and a recent death. You could feel the emotions on the page, you could see the situation and it was all just handled so well!
In short, I really think this book should be read. Again, Swan Boy SHOWED what it’s like to be bullied.