It's been five years since I clicked Send.
Four years since I got out of juvie.
Three months since I changed my name.
Two minutes since I met Julie.
A second to change my life.
All Dan wants for his senior year is to be invisible. This is his last chance at a semi–normal life. Nobody here knows who he is. Or what he's done. But on his first day at school, instead of turning away like everyone else, Dan breaks up a fight. Because Dan knows what it's like to be terrorized by a bully—he used to be one.
Now the whole school thinks he's some kind of hero—except Julie. She looks at him like she knows he has a secret. Like she knows his name isn't really Daniel...
Blount's first novel is a morality play about releasing the past and seizing the present. Five years ago, Dan was sentenced to almost a year in juvenile detention for his role in the suicide of his former friend Liam. Now at age 18, Dan and his family have assumed new identities and moved several times, hiding from Liam's violent father, but Dan can't escape the weight of guilt or "Kenny," the antagonistic voice in his head (Kenny is Dan's birth name). On his first day of school in yet another new town, Dan stops a jock, Jeff, from beating up an outcast kid named Brandon; he makes an enemy and a friend in the process, while developing a complicated crush on a classmate, Julie, who, interestingly enough, has the same last name as Liam. For someone seeking redemption and a second chance, Dan is surprisingly judgmental, especially toward Julie, boosting the story's tension as they spar. Though the plot is overly dependent on coincidence, the ethical debates raised will engage readers. Ages 13 up.
This book is absolutely stunning. I loved it. I don't ever?(usually) read books twice, but this one I just had to. It was beautifully worded and just had great plot.
So good. Excellent. Amazing. Heartbreaking. I can't even explain how amazing this book is. I can't even.
I loved Send!
This book is so relevant to today. I found it thought provoking. I felt so close to the characters, to everything they were feeling. I recommend it to anyone - especially to teenagers.