This is one of the Lorimer SideStreets, fast-paced novels with real world stories and believable characters. Fight Back tells the story of Tyler, a boy who grew up in an abusive home with alcoholic parents. Social services finally steps in after his mother leaves with his younger sister and Tyler shows up in school bruised, again, and tells the truth about his father's abuse. But Tyler has been beaten down and told he was useless all his life. Will he be able to overcome the way he has been conditioned to think of himself? Can he learn that there are caring adults and people he can trust? How will he channel all the anger that has built up inside of him over the years?
The SideStreets books are filled with action and young people dealing with situations in contemporary settings. For readers who prefer realistic fiction, quick reads, and stories with plenty of tense moments, this is a series they should try.
I appreciate the way the author shows that Tyler's change in circumstances and attitude is not a magical/overnight transformation. He has times that he slides back into old habits and moments when the rage breaks free. But it also shows that, with support, those patterns of behavior can be changed.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. For more information on this and other SideStreets books, visit the series webpage.
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