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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Cynthia T. Toney's 8 Notes to a Nobody (The Bird Face Series) tells the story of Wendy, one of the many teenagers in the world who gets bullied for one or the other reason. In her case, the reason is a bigger than average nose and a face that is not quite as pretty as that of the "in"-girls and her best friend Jennifer. Every now and then, Wendy finds a sticky note with a message to her from a "friend". Life keeps her so busy that she can't really put much effort into finding out who the secret friend is. She has a big art project, and the people around her seem to have more to them than Wendy initially thought.
Many people, no matter what their age, will be able to relate to the characters in 8 Notes to a Nobody by Cynthia T. Toney. Will you recognize yourself as the bullied girl, the girl's best friend, the secret friend, the potential boyfriend, the anorexic girl, or as one of the bullies? I enjoyed reading this story because it shows that there is usually more to a person's behaviour than initially meets the eye. Why is a bully a bully? And why do some people need to be as perfect as possible? This book asks many questions and will make the reader think about bullying, body problems, how important looks really are, and that you should not be too quick to judge people simply by what they say to you. Apart from the plot and the messages within it, I also enjoyed the writing style - everything flowed well and I finished the book in two sittings!