Title: One Step
Author: Andrew Daddo
One Step is an emotional roller-coaster of a book that literally had me on the edge of my seat.
I haven’t reviewed a book for a while but when I finished One Step, I couldn’t help but want to share it. Dylan is a typical fifteen year old boy, beset with acne, trying to do his best at school and wishing for a love affair (or at least a root). But he is also a victim of the low-level, persistent type of bullying that kids will tell you is, ‘just the way it is’, because to tell someone about it would just make it worse, and adults will tell you, ‘builds character’, like the bully is doing you a favour.
Maybe it’s because the book touched a raw spot in me and brought back memories, maybe it’s because it was so brilliantly and realistically written, maybe it’s because I’m a mother and don’t want my babies to experience bullying, but I cried through this book. A LOT.
I urge you to read it. I urge everyone to read it. Just make sure you have a box of tissues on hand.