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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Tower by Lynn Yvonne Moon is an honest and painful read that gives an excellent insight into the minds of children who think that ending their life is better than being a torment to their parents and friends. They are not sure of how to deal with their pain and isolation and, in the process of trying to figure out what should be done without hurting anyone, they decide to end their life. Petunia Freya Crocker always thought she was a curse, right from the time of her birth, and that haunted and consumed her. Petunia, who was called Pete, wanted to find out where her biological father was, but her mom never told her anything about him. One day when her friend Kendra comes, they decide to search the attic to find out if anything hidden there can give them a clue about Pete’s real father. The death of her mother and her step father in an accident gives her the opportunity to meet her real father.
What happens is tragic and the emotions and chaotic thought patterns of the young girl have been captured well, throwing light on the problem of high school bullying and how many child suicides are directly or indirectly related to bullying. The book should be read by all parents, teachers, administrators, law enforcement officers, and middle and high school students. It’s also a good book from where the topic of bullying can be discussed. Children, parents, and educators will be able to relate well to the story because the characters are realistic and the plot is tangible.