Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
After a weeklong suspension, Julian is given the opportunity to write a journal instead of writing a paper about Shakespeare. Julian isn’t very fond of the Bard, so he jumps at the chance. The purpose of this journal is to tell the story of the horrible “incident” that got him and his friends suspended. This book starts off with a rambling of thoughts and experiences, hinting at this awful event but avoiding any mention of it. It’s not something Julian wants to think or write about any time soon. The “incident” wasn’t even something he really wanted to do in the first place. Julian doesn’t consider himself to be a bully, but he knows he made a terrible mistake and finally, finally, we learn of this incident. Of course I’m not going to tell you about it. I think you’ll enjoy reading this book and finding out for yourself. What I most liked about this book is that Julian, a bit of a follower in the beginning, owns up to his mistake, leading his friends (some reluctantly) to make amends. I mean, let’s face it, we all make mistakes, but I like the way Julian tried to make it right.