Lesley Allen – The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir

Biddy lives alone with her father, both hardly have any contact to other people and since her mom ran away form a close couple. With no female around her, Biddy has no access to the life of girls and women and therefore already in primary school becomes an outsider. When Alison turns up in school and finds the perfect victim in her, years of bullying start and end the worst case imaginable.

A novel about bullying but different from many other with the same topic. It is astonishing how well and deeply hitting the reader the author manages to portray Biddy’s suffering. Sometimes I had to put away the book because I could not stand it anymore – but people in this situation have to live on and somehow survive. What I also find very convincing is how the other characters reacted to the bullying: nobody wants to be the next victim and therefore nobody has the guts to stand in and support.
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