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Book review: Humorous mellanåldersdebut about who bullies who

In manda's class goes to the one where the girl who so many of us shared a classroom with: she who all want to be and who knows it, who selectively choose their companions which she has hållhakar on. Here she is called Henrietta Nilsson. Manda lists all the lousy Henrietta Nilsson made and spewing bile all over her, together with her best friend Lilly. Together, they decide to come to Henrietta, where it feels – with the nasty comments on her youtube channel ”Cool Girl”. More difficult it becomes, however, when Henrietta suddenly starts to be nice to Manda. Is it because she is interested in manda's brother or she wants to be friends for real?

and has a flyhänt, easy way to write. The book is dialogdriven and humorous, with a strong voice in jagberättaren Manda. Friedner also manages to depict the anxious conversation between the popular girls (Henrietta's entourage), even if it is sometimes tangential to the flat rate. In true Mean Girls-spirit consume these girls, of course, only the diet products, and talking shit about those who are supposed to be close friends and have mothers who obligingly pops up with a snack.

Henrietta continues to seek contact with the Manda, which is forked. To Lilly dare she not say anything – after all, they have begun their hateful hater on Henriettas youtube channel. But somehow, she is flattered, and can't help but say yes when she becomes hembjuden to Henrietta. This leads on to the lies and doubts, at the same time as the secret of the comments on Youtube is located, and hover while waiting to be revealed. It is, incidentally, an interesting detail that says something about the general approach to cyber-bullying. As Manda himself states: ”If we had beaten down Henrietta Nilsson in the schoolyard, I am sure that no teachers had come forward to us and said that it was good that we had not written something bad on Youtube.”

there is an important point in how quickly roles can shift: how the mobs in a jiffy can be to the victims. The book culminates in a somewhat utopian ending, which could have gotten more shades.

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