TEEN BOOK of the week

Gloucestershire Echo - - FAMILY MATTERS - Re­view by Holly Wil­liams.

THE BURN­ING

by Laura Bates, pub­lished by Si­mon & Schus­ter, pa­per­back £7.99, ebook £4.99, Avail­able Fe­bru­ary 21 LAURA BATES – founder of the Ev­ery­day Sexism Project – shines a light on some of the most fright­en­ing and dif­fi­cult is­sues fac­ing teenage girls to­day in her young adult de­but, The Burn­ing.

A frank and im­pres­sive novel from the best-sell­ing au­thor of Girl Up, this story fo­cuses on the sexism, sex­ual ha­rass­ment and online abuse many girls are faced with as they nav­i­gate their way through high school.

Anna Clark and her mum have moved from Birm­ing­ham to a sleepy fish­ing vil­lage in Scot­land mid-school year to es­cape her old life. But her past soon catches up with her. As the online abuse and bul­ly­ing be­gin again, Anna finds her­self strangely drawn to the story of a lo­cal girl ac­cused of witch­craft cen­turies ago.

It is ev­ery teenage school­girl’s night­mare come true and at times an un­com­fort­able read, though Bates tack­les the is­sues head on, show­ing the dan­gers of so­cial me­dia with­out preach­ing.

This book is a must for teenage girls – and their par­ents – but more im­por­tantly, boys should read it too.

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