Choke, by Diana Lopez

A heartfelt novel about the disturbing “choking game” trend — and one girl’s struggle for self-acceptance.If she could — if her parents would let her — eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She’d get highlights in her hair, a new wardrobe; she’d wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy’s best friend Elena is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys.
And then one day, Windy gets the change she’s been looking for. New girl Nina — impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone — starts hanging out with Windy! Nina even wants to be “breath sisters.” Windy isn’t sure what that means, exactly, but she knows she wants to find out. It sounds even better than a BFF.Windy is right, at first. Being a breath sister gains her a whole new set of friends, girls she feels closer to and cooler with than anyone else. But her inclusion in the new crowd comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life … but is she really willing to give up everything in the process? ( Amazon)
 
Scholastic Press
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4 Responses

  1. This book is different from most that i have read. It is not written for you to completely enjoy it and think at the end about what a happy book it was, it is written for you to think about some things that you may never have thought about before. I do not think it could win the newbery. To me it just doesn’t seem like that kind of book. It is more to teach you a lesson, not to be the best book ever.

  2. I thought the book was good, the story was interesting and the ending made sense, but overall I don’t think it could win the newbery.

  3. It was a pretty interesting and i could understand why the main character did the things she did but because it is made to teach a lesson I don’t think that it will win Newbery.

  4. This is one of the saddest books I have read in a long time, and for the author to be able to make me that sad is amazing. The plot was unlike any other I have read. Ya there are a bunch of books that talk about popularity, but this one shows a whole another perspective. I just think that the theme and the writing style isn’t right to win Newbery.

    P.S: I would absolutely recommend this book for a fun read.

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