This book starts out very different for me. First off, the chapters have titles, which many books do, but the titles are written in a sort of plain font but they have different textures to their lettering. (Attempted to show the 'difference' using the font play available here and made larger so folks can more easily see it.)
The story starts. We meet a person who is being asked to do something in a class situation, and she attempts to evade an issue by making smart remarks.I'm really unimpressed by Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Silver who are allegedly people in charge and who look at the surface behaviors and don't even try to look at what the real issue is. They also allow a class bully, Shay, who continually shows herself to be a bully all the time, to get away with making mean, sarcastic, judgmental and toxic remarks.
We meet a person, Keisha, who befriends Ally. Later on, we meet Ally's mom, who loves her but hasn't got a clue. Later on, another person adds himself to the little group of 'outcasts' - Albert. Everyone of this little group has their own difficulties and somehow that ties them together. Gradually all the persons who will star in the rest of the book get on board -- and we meet Mr. Daniels. Mr. Daniels has a clue ... and acts upon it. Thing is, will Ally act upon it with him?
I started reading this book because, hey, it's our monthly book discussion book. Enticed into being curious because of the different kind of font for the chapter titles, somehow I'm immersed in the story before I know it. These chapters whizzed by. It's a good thing, though, that Mr. Daniels showed up. The constant appearance of puzzles and problems was wearing. The cluelessness of people who supposedly are in charge and who allow all kinds of toxic behaviors on the part of the those who are 'favored' people at the school was getting very old.
*Avatar made by Amy*"You have the inborn natural right to remain silent. Don't think about it, don't talk about it, shuush ....... STILL." ~ Xaris