Weightless (Hardback)Sarah Bannan (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 492 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
A provocative and timely novel that unsettles the reader and challenges our view of contemporary youth. Its subject matter is universal; parents and children around the world will recognise the difficult and fractured society it depicts * John Boyne *
There is nothing new about bullying, but many of the weapons are new. Sarah Bannan brings us right into the middle of bullying, 21st Century-style, in a novel that is chilling, engrossing and very, very impressive * Roddy Doyle *
Weightless focuses on cyberbullying with the arrival of a new girl at an Alabama high school * Irish Times Ones to Watch 2015 *
If you need a fiction fix, Sarah Bannan's Weightless is an engrossing and sophisticated literary thriller, inspired by modern daemons from cyber-bullying to our recklessness in giving away our privacy online * GQ Magazine *
This book was an uncomfortable read because although the plot is set in the South of America, it could happen anywhere - and sadly, it does * Sun *
A chillingly forensic account of school-girl bullying. It reminds me very much in style of The Virgin Suicides, and like that book is written in the first person plural which is no mean feat * Independent *
Bannan is smart on the way digital culture makes us voyeuristic consumers of other people's experiences. But she also brilliantly skewers the false piety of America's socially conservative communities, where chastity vows go cheek by jowl with teen promiscuity and where, from classroom to cheerleading squad, girls are the victims of a culture that relentlessly objectifies them * Daily Mail *
Imagine cult '80s high-school movie Heathers rewritten for the digital age. Set in a small Alabama town, Bannan's brilliant debut novel charts the arrival of beautiful, academic new girl Carolyn at a tightly knit school ... The sense of impending doom is almost unbearably tense - you won't breathe out until you've finished the final page * Glamour *
An accomplished debut that skewers youth culture with panache; it is a thought-provoking examination of the hypocrisy of smalltown life and a chilling vision of 21st-century bullying -- Sebastian Shakespeare * Tatler *
An unnamed group of girls recount the downfall of a beautiful newcomer in their class, in this chilling novel about the dark heart of high school * Elle *
From its origins in Greek drama to Eugenides's masterful application and more recent novels, such as Jon McGregor's Even the Dogs and Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea, the first-person plural voice can draw readers into a world and make them complicit in the deeds and misdeeds ... An enduring image of weightlessness and momentary freedom, it shows the community in all its small-town glory, with the dangers and excitements of Carolyn's arrival palpable * Irish Times *
It works brilliantly ... It's a compulsive, clever read, and leaves you thinking through the issues of bullying with new eyes * Irish Examiner *
A haunting, eye-opening tale of teenage bullying in the modern world. You'll be thinking about it long after you close the final page **** * Heat *
Immensely effective ***** * Western Mail *
A gripping tale of adolescent bullying * Irish Independent *
High school bullying has never been dealt with in as frightening a way, or one which examines quite as clearly the moral guilt of those who just stand by and watch **** * Scotsman *
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