Random by Tom Leveen review 

“Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall and Thirteen Reasons Why.

Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself.

The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he’ll be the second person connected to Tori to take his own life. And the first just might land her in jail. After her Facebook page became Exhibit A in a tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can’t help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if he’s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death.

With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a stranger—and maybe redeem herself—leading to a startling conclusion that changes everything…”

Wow! This book was short (217 pages) but it sure packs a punch. He sure didn’t sugar coat things, the story was clear and simple! He didn’t over complicate it. Tori, the main character, is a self-centered bitch. She may not have always been like that but when she fell into this crowd at school so seemed to have lost who she was (that’s what I was getting anyway) and then she became a bully. Her and friends thought they were “joking” but it was cyber bullying for sure. This is an important story. Specially with how our society is today. I have personally experience with bullying (and still do as an adult) so I know how much words can hurt and effect someone. 

I don’t want to go into too much here since the book is so short and really anything more I say might spoil it. But this is a book people need to read. Specially kids. It’s a very important topic and very well written! 

Trigger warnings: homophobic slurs, cyber bullying, hate crime, suicide….

5/5 🌟. I will be checking out more of Tom Leveen’s books for sure!!!

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