AUTHOR: Jackie Morse Kessler
LENGTH: 228 pages
SUMMARY: Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different. That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world. (amazon.com)
BRIDGE: This book could be used to study voice. Missy speaks with such a clear, determined voice even though she is bullied and marginalized in her high school. The descriptions of her rationalization of why she cuts and her struggle to balance her pain with the self-harm are amazingly perceptive. Using passages of this book as mentor-texts, one could examine how to create a realistic, emotion-imbued voice in writing. The passages in this book are so raw, one could easily pair them with a study of poetry to work on found poems or free verse, emotive poems.
READERS: This book will appeal to readers who enjoy introspection and dark reads. The book deals with heavy, current struggles facing some of our youth so recommend with caution. However, this book is the perfect vessel for letting students explore the darker side of emotional struggles and bullying’s consequences. It would be eye-opening for both the instigators and victims of emotional, verbal, and physical bullying.
OTHER TITLES: Readers who liked this book will also enjoy Scars by Cheryl Rainfield, Cut by Patricia McCormick, Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler, or Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson