Sorry I’m Not Sorry is the 3rd book in Nancy Rue’s Mean Girl Makeover Series. This book gives an honest look at bullying – from the bully. I had previously read one of the other books in this series – You Can’t Sit With Us. This book follows mean girl Kylie and the aftermath of all her bullying with Ginger (who was the main character in the other book I had read.) Kylie is trying to make amends so that she can go back to school after the summer is over, if not she has to go to a private school her Dad is trying to get her into – that has no cheerleading! (The horror!)
Kylie ends up working at a camp with some other kids from school (including Ginger) and actually seems to be changing from her bullying ways. But a lot of things keep happening at camp that seem to be done by Kylie. Kylie swears she really IS changing and that it wasn’t her! But now who is bullying Kylie?
This is an interesting book since it takes the point of view from the bully. This isn’t a point of view I often think about, but many bullies have things going on in their own life that they need to work through but instead of doing that they just pick on other kids at school. It was certainly an eye opener though I am glad I am no longer in middle school and needing to deal with bullies. (Now bullies in the work place are a whole other issue I am dealing with!)
Definitely a great series for middle-school aged girls to help them learn about how to deal with bullies and being bullied and being the bully!
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About the book
Bullies aren’t born mean-through the vicious cycle of mean, bullies are made.
According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied-and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers have amped up solving the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.
Written by bestselling author Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character’s point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. The books show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.
Sorry I’m Not Sorry tells the story of Kylie Steppe, former queen bee of Gold Country Middle School. After bullying a fellow GCMS student, Kylie has been expelled-and she has to attend mandatory counseling. Without her posse to aid her and other peers to torment, Kylie focuses on the person who stole her GVMS popularity crown: Tori Taylor. As Kylie plots revenge on Tori, she attends therapy sessions, where she reveals a few details that might explain why she finds power in preying on her middle school peers. After a rough year with bullying backfire, will Kylie decide to become more empathetic with her peers?
It’s hard for tweens to imagine why a bully acts the way she does. Sorry I’m Not Sorry shows girls that they hold the power to stop bullying through mutual understanding and acts of love.
About the Author
Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.