An accident puts Chase in the hospital and takes a lot of his memory. He can remember words and skills, but he can't remember who people are or any of his interactions with them. As he resumes his school life, he notices some people seem to fear him, some hate him, some avoid him. His former friends are always saying how different he is now - and maybe he likes himself better that way.
Popular with students, this book offers discussion points about cliques and choices. Chase examines his relationships with teammates, family, and peers he has formerly bullied. When we think about the power of the bystander in bullying, Chase's circumstance reveals a pull between admiration, fear of being rejected or outcast, and a desire to do the right thing - all considerations of bystanders. The book shows the serious effects bullying can have, which is good to discuss and explore. Although the plot isn't thoroughly realistic, it's a story that works well for small group book clubs.
"You have the chance to rebuild yourself from the ground up., to make a completely fresh start."
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