A novel about public shaming in the internet age, the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy.
Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.
We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things?
When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people know what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.
With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Did she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?
Decide for yourself.
When 17-year-old former National Spelling Bee champion Winter Halperin tweets about the latest winner a 12-year-old African-American girl she finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom. Not only is she vilified as a racist, but one of her best friends, Jason, an African-American, cuts off ties. Winter is stripped of everything that she believes is important: her championship title, her college acceptance, and her belief that she is a "good girl." Determined to right the wrong, she enrolls in Revibe, a five-week boot camp that helps those who have made epic errors in judgment (and were crucified for it online) find a path to forgiveness. Sales (This Song Will Save Your Life) tackles a thoroughly modern problem, and she is careful to stay within the gray, neither condoning Winter's explanation nor fully embracing the meaningless apology. A nuanced approach to how the internet encourages the dehumanization of users gives this novel its realistic tone and serves as a strong warning to teens (and their parents). Ages 12 up.