When I picked this book up I expected a cute breakfast club book that would be somewhat entertaining at best.
What I got was a poignant coning of age novel that addressed important topics and kept me engaged the entire time I was reading it.
Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah is definitely an important book for young adults who aren't sure who they are, for kids who have the hard luck to live with someone with addictions, for those whose secrets feel like a cage keeping them from finding real, genuine friends.
This book had me biting my nails, curled up in my chair racing to the next page. The only complaint I really have about this book was the main character. For someone who doesn't cry, the vig reveal about what finally makes the tears flow was...anticlimactic. However, it was redeemed by a separate emotional climax that gripped my heart and made me want to reach through my e-reader to hug the poor girl.
My recommendation: buy the hard copy. Especially if you're a hugger. It's just not the same with a kindle.
I got this book through NetGalley for an honest review.