Image of Catching Fireflies (A Sweet Magnolia Novel)


Image of Catching Fireflies (A Sweet Magnolia Novel)

Woods knows how to paint a vivid picture that encourages the reader to feel the emotions of her characters. The focal point of the novel, bullying, is still a hot-button topic, and everyone will be able to relate to this book. It is admirable of Woods to show bullying from the side of the victim and those who support the victim, but the story might have been stronger if the bully’s side had been represented as well. The romantic storyline seems out of place and added as an afterthought.

Misty Dawson has taken to skipping two of her classes in order to avoid bully Annabelle. Though there is no physical harm being done, Misty is subjected to verbal abuse and slanderous words and pictures that appear on a social networking site about Misty’s sexual history. Misty’s English teacher Laura Reed steps in and works with Dawson’s pediatrician, J.C. Fullerton, to get to the bottom of the situation. The two rely on help from residents of the small town of Serenity to take a stand against bullying. In the midst of the meetings and conferences, J.C. and Laura face their own history with bullying and struggle to put the past behind them and start a future together. (MIRA, Aug., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
B. Nakia Garner