I read this book as a mum, I have 5 kids, our son has experienced bullying and this year started a new school, our youngest was born with Down Syndrome 13 years ago, I had a soft spot for Cassie, being a special needs child with Autism. I loved how Aria was with Cassie actually how the families and some friends accepted Cassies ways and made her feel included. This book was about Aria who moved with her mum after an incident at her previous school at the end of the book we find out what she did and I really found it hard to feel sorry for her, but I really felt she had learned from her mistakes, bullying is serious and can have some very negative outcomes for the person being bullied it can ruin lives which lead to health, emotional, learning and many more issues and so much stress on the family. I love this authors style of writing.
I don't read many YA books, but when an author whose previous books I have loved releases one then I'll read it. I had no idea what the storyline was going to be when I preordered it, Be The Girl was a more emotional read than what I was expecting. It covers some serious and very heart breaking issues that are very relevant to youth today.
Sixteen year old Aria Jones and her mother move to make a fresh start. Aria has a new last name, a new school, and she starts to make new friends. She also has new neighbours - socially awkward and very sweet Cassie, and her gorgeous older brother Emmett. I love Cassie - she was my fav character. I was so happy for Cassie that she had such a protective older brother to help shield her from others that didn't have the nicest intentions towards her.
As I've found with this author before, not everything is what it appears - I love when something unexpected happens, that makes me question what I thought I had already figured out. This story finished before I was ready for it to, I wanted so much more Aria, Emmett and definitely more Cassie.