Hannah Both Ways
by Rosie Greenway
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing
Release Date: November 24, 2015
A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.
Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?
Hannah both ways is story of a girl who is trying to overcome cyber-bullying that leads to rumors being spread around her high school about her that make her a social outcast. Hannah just wanted to fit in, so she let herself be taken in by the cheerleaders that she thought were her friends, till one night it all goes wrong and Hannah goes from having friends to spending her entire day trying to be invisible.
Hannah’s life is ruined when pictures are posted on Twitter about something that happened, but was not exactly like the rumors that were spread about her, and everyone knows, including the teachers and guidance counselor at her school. Hannah doesn’t want to talk about what happened, but someone sent a letter to the school with the pictures and actions taken by the school do not exactly help Hannah.
So Hannah spends her days keeping to herself, and her lunch hour hiding in the library with a new book every day. She is content in her life until one day Lucas appears and throws her world off its axis. Here is a new boy that wants to spend time with Hannah, regardless of the rumors.
Lucas has secrets of his own, reasons that he switched schools when he did, and tries hard to break through Hannah’s walls. While Lucas tries to befriend Hannah, she has to worry about the countless men that her mother, a cocktail waitress, brings home every night. Including someone related to one of her tormentors.
But things for Hannah never go smoothly it seems, and her hope is that no matter what happens her mother will not make them move again. Especially when she decided to let Lucas in.
What I liked about this book is that anyone who has ever felt like an outcast, or faced bulling of any sort in high school can relate to Hannah. They can understand what she is going through, as she tries to get through High School, as she navigates dealing with her mother, being in the same place as her tormentors and deciding if she should let Lucas into her life at all.
One of the things that I like most was that while this was a story about the aftermath of cyber-bullying, it also showed how people that are “different” or have differences from what is considered normal, like autism or even a slight learning difficulty are bullied just as much and that it hurts just as much. Ms. Greenway did a great job at touching on the topic of all sides of bullying.
One of the things that really drew me to this story was wanting to know how Hannah came out on the other side, and once I started reading I found myself wanting to see if Lucas and Hannah became friends, or even more than friends, and how Hannah opened herself up to people again.
I have to say that I was happy with the end of the book. It answered most if not all the open questions that were brought up throughout the story, and while I would not say it was a Happily Ever After ending, it was looking like it could lead that way.
There was never a part of this book that I felt was put in just to have space filler. Every step that we took with Hannah led to the outcome that we got, with little twists and turns that made the story progress. There was never a moment I felt like Ms. Greenway was leading the reader astray, she had a story and she told it beautifully.
Rosie Greenway grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, and continues to live and work in the GTA with her husband and family. After spending her formative years public-school hopping, Rosie attended the University of Toronto, specializing in English literature. A former English teacher, Rosie now finds herself putting into practice the many lessons she used to impart to the students in her class room. While she has often turned to writing as a way to relax and unwind, Hannah Both Ways is her first foray into the world of Young Adult publishing.
When she isn’t writing, Rosie is an avid traveler, armchair film critic, enthusiastic foodie and voracious reader. She is a passionate literacy advocate and one of her greatest achievements is instilling in her daughter the joy of reading.
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