Jenna’s just a teenager who wants to fit in. The popularity that she wanted though, quickly turns into infamy when two “well-meaning” friends spark a controversy that alters her life forever. What happens when the very group of teens you crave to belong to, end up being responsible for one of the most painful and humiliating events in your life?
Inspired by Amanda Todd’s tragic story of bullying, Jenna’s Truth is more than just teen short story it’s a lesson in empathy, self-awareness, and speaking out about what matters, especially bullying. Jenna’s Truth written by Nadia L King is a gripping story, which explores the themes of cyberbullying, teen drinking, sex, and suicide. Life isn’t black and white, and sometimes teens can be the most insensitive people.
Published by Aulexic, a publisher specialising in books for children with language and literacy difficulties, Jenna’s Truth is dyslexia-friendly and contains features that aid in comprehension and vocabulary. The story is kept short, at just 6,000 words and includes curriculum connections, discussion questions, and recommended activities, making it an ideal quick-read at home or during transit for 15-16 year olds.
If you’re against cyberbullying, want to help someone who might be a victim of bullying, or you’re experiencing bullying in your life right now, read Jenna’s Truth today.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a story that hits where is hurts the most. An all too familiar story of bullying at its very worst. It isn’t a story that I can say is unique because we have heard it before. It isn’t a good feel story where the girl gets her guy and there is a happy ever after. This is a heart breaking reality of our society. This is the sort of story where the good guy too often dies and the bad ass guys just walk away. This is teenage high school.
Jenna is just a typical teenager, quite average at most things and wanting to fit in, especially with the popular group of girls at school but just one innocent remark to a so-called friend sets in motion a horrendous event. Just writing this makes me well-up with tears. Bullying in itself has never really changed but what has changed is the number of people who it can reach. Bullying has become global. The internet has made it possible to post live coverage all over the world and photos in seconds. The impact on a teenager being set up and the consequences of it being posted is just unthinkable.
The author wrote this story because of events that happened to a young girl in Australia, tragically Amanda Todd will never grow up and become the woman she should have been.
Nadia King, the author, tells the story through the victim, Jenna, it is written simply, how she sees and feels what is happening to her. It is like a Tsunami of events with the massive devastation that hits first, with after shocks of internet exposure that just ware down Jenna till she can only see one solution.
The book doesn’t just give you a story, it gives advice of what to do if this happens to you. There are help lines of so many countries to get in touch with. People you can talk to and people who parents can contact to get help. There is a discussion section for teachers and students to talk through too. You don’t have to be alone.
This book offers so much. A brilliant addition for parents, teenagers and schools.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
N.L.King was born in Dublin, Ireland and now calls Australia home. She is passionate about using stories to connect with teens. Jenna’s Truth is her first book and is published by boutique publisher, Serenity Press. Nadia also enjoys writing short stories and lives in Western Australia with her family.