Saturday, February 25, 2017

Midnight Chat by Jo Ramsey

Mira MacDonald, a proud lesbian, and Rob Stevens, gay but in the closet, don’t have it easy at their high school. Luckily they’ve always had each other and their close friendship to rely on, and it makes facing the bullies a little easier. At least for Mira. Rob is also struggling with untreated depression, and lately, Mira’s sweet and funny friend has become increasingly paranoid, suspicious, and obsessed with death.

Things go even further downhill when Mira begins dating Talia Acevedo and Rob becomes convinced Talia is driving a wedge between them. Mira knows Rob needs her, but his jealousy and irrational fears are becoming harder to balance with her relationship with her girlfriend. Add to that escalating harassment from bullies, and Rob is being driven closer and closer to an edge Mira worries she can’t pull him back from.

But she has no idea how serious the situation is until, during one of their midnight chats, Rob reveals he has a solution—a desperate final measure to put an end to the bullying… permanently. This time, trying to help her friend and save the school could cost Mira her life.

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What would you do if you best friend was being bullied every day for years? How would you help it stop? How would you help them cope? This is what Mira is facing. She is her best friend Rob's only support and he relies on her friendship and their midnight chats.

Rob has been the target of school bullies for years and his mental health is deteriorating. The adults in his life fail him. He doesn't like Mira's girlfriend and this adds pressure to their friendship.

This story shows us the serious damage that bullying can do to a person's mental health and that the bullying doesn't just hurt the person being bullied. I found myself wondering what I would have done in Mira's place. It is not hard to see how Rob ends up coming to the conclusion he does.

I'm not sure I'd say I enjoyed Midnight Chat but I would say it is a good book and it is good to see stories like this one bring this serious issue out in the open.

JO RAMSEY is a former special education teacher who now writes full-time. She firmly believes that everyone has it in them to be a hero, whether to others or in their own lives, and she tries to write books that encourage teens to be themselves and make a difference. Jo has been writing since age five and has been writing young adult fiction since she was a teen herself; her first YA book was published in 2010. She lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, her husband, and two cats, one of whom likes to read over her shoulder.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Midnight Chat by Jo Ramsey to read and review.

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