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Polarity in Motion
Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence. Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus. Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides, Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal.
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Like a contemporary Nancy Drew with a malicious and dark twist, Polarity finds that bullying comes in all forms of personal humiliation when a nude picture of her hits the internet hang out for her classmates. That isn’t degrading enough? No one believes she has no idea where it came from, how it was taken or who would do such a vile thing. Only Ethan, is on her side, for now, but will he, too jump ship and turn his back on her? Battered emotionally, but not defeated, and with the world against her, Polarity sets out to prove her innocence, as well as show who the monster was who did this to her. She takes her “punishment” deals with the snickers and glares, the feeling of being different and alone, once again, but pushes forward, one lie and one heartache at a time.

Talk about powerful! Talk about relevant to our times! Talk about a sad statement about the callousness of youth and the insecurities of others to stand up and say enough is enough! Is each generation being desensitized to compassion? Even authority figures are hearing with a deaf ear!

Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars is powerful reading, a must read for all who oppose bullying in any form. She has created a strong and vibrant character in Polarity, a girl who feels like her life is the only one not “normal,” but who has her eyes opened to others around her. Ethan seemed to be a strong on and off supporter of Polarity’s, and his vacillations at first glance were confusing, but Brenda Vicars has mastered the air of suspense, and doling out information carefully at the precise moment I wanted to scream! Very well written, very intense, Polarity in Motion should grace every library and reading list, no matter the age. Do a teen a favor, encourage them to read this, they’ll be glad you did.