TEEN BOOK of the week
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.